Bad breath is a common issue with dogs that can become a barrier between you and your pet. The accumulation of plague is the underlying cause of this problem. There are a variety of reasons that could lead to bad breath such as infrequent brushing and insufficient water intake. Similarly, some of the foods that your dog eats might also contribute to this unwanted cause.
Given the refreshing smell of mint, it is an ideal ingredient to tackle bad breath. This is the reason why dog breath mints are extremely popular among dog parents. The following are some of the best mint recipes that you can make for your pet.
DIY Dog Breath Mints
In this recipe, mint is combined with some other ingredients to ensure a healthy meal. Ranging from minerals to vitamins and from antioxidants to fiber, these breath mints have a lot of essential nutrients.
- 2 1/2 cups old-fashioned oats,
- 1/2 cup fresh parsley, finely chopped
- 1/2 cup fresh mint, finely chopped
- 1 large egg (see tip below for dogs with allergies to chicken products)
- 1/4 cup of water, plus 1 tablespoon (more water as needed to form the dough)
- 3 tablespoons melted coconut oil (unrefined extra-virgin is best)
- Preheat the oven to 325° F.
- Add oats to a blender and pulse to a flour-like consistency. In a large bowl whisk together diced parsley and mint, egg, water, and oil. Add oat flour and stir to combine. Knead the dough a few times then turn out onto a lightly floured surface.
- Using your hands or a rolling pin, flatten the dough to about 1/8″ thick. Using a cookie cutter or knife cut out approximately 40 (1-inch mints) mints. Place mints about 1/4-inch apart on a parchment-lined or non-stick cookie sheet. Bake 35-40 minutes, or until golden and crispy.
- Allow mints to cool completely before serving. Store in an airtight container.
Tip: For dogs with allergies to chicken products, substitute one large egg with 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce.
Thank you SkinnyMs. for this recipe.
Homemade Dog Breath Mint Treats
It is important to consult your vet before feeding your dog any homemade recipes. You MUST be aware if your pet has allergies to any of the ingredients. In case you are unsure about any dog-safe recipe, initially feed it in a small quantity and see how the pet reacts. Just follow these few precautions and you can make a large variety of treats for your dog.
Pumpkin Apple Dog Mint Treat Recipe
This is an easy, cheap, and healthy recipe to freshen up your dog’s breath. In addition to this, all its ingredients offer some nutritional benefits to your dog. The fact that you can give different shapes to this treat can make it an exciting experience.
- 1 cup pumpkin puree
- 2 large eggs
- 3 cups whole wheat flour, or more, as needed
- 1 apple, grated
- 1/2 cup mint leaves, chopped
- 1/4 cup fresh parsley leaves, chopped
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat; set aside.
- In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat pumpkin puree and eggs on medium-high until well combined, about 1-2 minutes. Gradually add 2 1/2 cups flour at low speed, beating just until incorporated. Add an additional 1/4 cup flour at a time just until the dough is no longer sticky. Add apple, mint, and parsley, beating just until incorporated.
- Working on a lightly floured surface, knead the dough 3-4 times until it comes together. Using a rolling pin, roll the dough to 1/4-inch thickness. Using cookie cutters, cut out desired shapes and place onto the prepared baking sheet.
- Place into oven and bake until the edges are golden brown, about 20-25 minutes.*
- Let cool completely.
Notes: *Baking time will vary depending on the size and thickness of the treats. Serving size will also vary depending on the desired shapes and cookie cutters used.
Thank you to Damn Delicious for this recipe.
Fresh Breath Dog Treat Recipe
Stinky dog breath kisses are always an issue especially if you own a kisser dog. This dog treat is an amazing way of freshening your dog’s breath if it is NOT allergic to eggs or oats.
- 3 cups old-fashioned oats (gluten-free)
- 1 cup fresh parsley, loosely packed and finely chopped
- 1 medium carrot, peeled and grated
- 1 ripe banana, peeled
- 1 large egg, beaten
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil melted
- Preheat oven to 325°F.
- In a blender, pulse the oat until it becomes like flour. Set aside.
- Mash the banana in a bowl. Add the beaten egg and coconut oil. Mix well.
- In another bowl, mix the carrots and parsley. Add the oats and the banana. Mix slowly, so it evenly distributes.
- Knead until moistened.
- Dust flour on a clean surface or large cutting board.
- Put the dough on the surface. Knead it for a few minutes until you form a soft ball.
- With your hands, pull away small pieces and roll them into a ball.
- Flatten slightly with your hand.
- Place each ball on a cookie sheet lined with parchment.
- Bake for 30 minutes or until they are just a nice golden brown color.
- Store the treats in an airtight container after they cool.
Important Note: If your dog does have an egg allergy, you can use substitutions as binding agents. For example, 1/4 cup of applesauce should do the trick.
Thank you Dog Vills for this recipe.
Chicken Stock Dog Breath Mint Recipe
Chicken is one of the most common ingredients used in dog foods. It is a safe source of protein that can be combined with a number of other ingredients. This mint recipe gives you an added bonus of fighting bad breath.
- 1-1/2 cups whole wheat flour (use white or oats if your dog has a wheat allergy)
- 1 cup oats
- 1/2 cup chicken stock
- 1 handful fresh mint, finely chopped
- 1 small handful fresh parsley, finely chopped
- 1 large egg, lightly beaten
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
- Mix the flour, oats, chicken stock, mint, and parsley. Taste the mixture and adjust the mint if necessary.
- Add the egg and stir.
- Knead the dough until it forms a ball, then roll the dough until it’s about 1/2-inch thick.
- Cut the dough into slices (smaller ones for small dogs) or use a cookie cutter to create fun shapes.
- Lightly grease a cookie sheet and place the cookies about 2 inches apart.
- Bake for 30 minutes.
Thank you sheknows.com for this recipe.
Frozen Mint Dog Treats
It is common knowledge that dogs are extremely fond of ice-creams. Following these lines, frozen dog treats are a perfect summer snack for your pets. In addition to mint, the use of honey will ensure a fresh breath for your dog.
- 5 ounces plain Greek yogurt
- 1/4 cup fresh mint
- 1/4 cup honey
- Place all the ingredients in a food processor or blender and blend thoroughly.
- Using a silicone tray (paw-shaped one), fill the cavities about ¾ full.
- Place in the freezer for about 2 hours or until frozen all the way through.
- Give to your dog for fresh breath and a great treat that also helps digestion.
- Serving Size: 1 treat
- Calories: 46
- Sugar: 9g
- Sodium: 9g
- Fat: 0.2g
- Carbohydrates: 9.5g
- Fiber: 0.2g
- Protein: 2g
- Cholesterol: 2mg
Thank you Parsnips and Pastries for this recipe.