DIY Dog Breath Mints Recipe

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Give your dog a treat with these doggie breath mints! Fresh breath at last.

dog breath mints recipe

Who doesn’t love dog kisses? Although we’re always eager to receive some affection from our dog, bad breath can cause us to hesitate a bit. Those moments of hesitation mean we’re not pampering our pets as we should! Dogs can get bad breath from plaque build-up caused by infrequent brushing, insufficient water intake, or just from the foods they eat. Our simple DIY dog breath mints recipe will help get rid of your dog’s bad breath, no matter the reason!

Key Ingredients and Why They Work

There are a few crucial ingredients in this DIY dog breath mints recipe that make them work while keeping them healthy for your dog. First, the oats. Flavored oats are off-limits for dogs, but these old-fashioned rolled oats are fantastic! Look for gluten-free oats to give your pup fiber, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and plant-based protein.

Next up, let’s chat parsley. The green leaves of the parsley plant contain chlorophyll, which works to eliminate bacteria. Getting rid of excess bacteria means better breath for your dog! Parsley also happens to be great for your dog’s digestive system, too.

Then, there’s the mint. Mint makes everyone’s breath better, from humans to our furry friends. It will add a nice, light flavor to the DIY doggie breath mints. The smell is soothing to your dogs, too, and it will flavor their breath after they eat one of the treats.

You should also give our DIY doggie toothpaste a try!

Note: Always check with your veterinarian before making any changes to your pet’s diet. Also, please be aware of any allergies your pet may have to specific ingredients. If your dog is allergic to eggs, for example, make sure to omit that ingredient from the recipe! Be sure to avoid ingredients that have caused reactions in your pets in the past. If you are unsure about a specific ingredient found in one of our recipes, introduce the food to your pets in small amounts first.

4.51 from 69 votes

DIY Dog Breath Mints Recipe

With essential and nutritious key ingredients, these dog cookies are a wonderful treat, plus they give your pooch fresher breath that will make everyone happy.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Yield 40 mints
Serving Size 1 mint
Course Pet Meals and Treats
Cuisine Universal


  • 2 1/2 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup parsley fresh, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup mint fresh, finely chopped
  • 1 egg large (see tip below for dogs with allergies to chicken products)
  • 1/4 cup water plus 1 tablespoon to help form the dough
  • 3 tablespoons coconut oil melted (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.

Nutrition Information

Serving: 1mint | Calories: 30kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 4mg | Sodium: 3mg | Potassium: 27mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 93IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 6mg | Iron: 1mg |
Keywords Dog Recipes, Dog Treats, Healthy Dog Recipes

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    1. Nadua, We do extensive research on all ingredients added to our recipes to ensure they are safe for dogs. We do NOT recommend giving your dog any food, herb, or otherwise in large quanities. Please check with your vet before making any changes to your dog’s diet. All dogs are different and have different dietary needs, just as us humans do. Here’s an article about natural remedies for dogs that you might find interesting.

      Thank you for the question.

    1. I would suggest adding a little water until you have a dough that is easy to work with. As you’ll notice, there’s one extra teaspoon of water which made the dough perfect. Could be the altitude or weather, can’t say for sure without being there. Hope this helps! 🙂

    1. Michelle, Hmmmm…I recommend asking your vet that question. My dog is 26 pounds and he gets 1-2 treats a day, even for a smaller treat like the doggie mints. 🙂

    2. I didn’t quite get the dough type consistency, but I used gloves, rolled balls & flattened them & it worked out well. I did use less mint this time. My beagle passed on recently, but before she did, she wasn’t crazy about the treats when I first made them. I wonder if it was too much mint? Now, less mint, the first dog came by in the neighborhood & loved it!!

  1. If I were going to make these as pet Christmas gifts, would it be best to refrigerate them until I give them out?

    1. Betty, That would be fine. I make them fresh for the dogs in my neighborhood. I would recommend making them no more than a few days before handing them out. Even dogs prefer fresh! 🙂

    1. Leslie, Hmmmmm…I can’t say for sure. I prefer to go with the real stuff when it comes to dog recipes. You could google it to see if you find a reliable resource with that info.

  2. Making now…can’t wait to see how the dogs like them! Love the recipe for all natural ingredients! Thank you

  3. My daughter and my self we made the dog cookies, and she has two and I have one they all love them they wanted more and we said two treat a day. Thank you so much for the recipe. Happy New Year .

    1. Teresa, YAH!!! I love that you limit their treats, very smart! Happy New Year to you, your daughter, and all three 4-legged family members. 🙂

  4. Can I substitute the mint leaves with mint essential oil?
    I’ve been researching ways to use essential oils on dogs and a lot of people have said it makes their dogs happier ^^

    1. Hi Natasha, you can definitely substitute mint essential oil. Only a drop will be needed. A little goes a long way!

  5. Hi since my ST Porsche & Beemer
    Love’s Greene’s I am definitely going to
    make them, + I grow my own herbs
    So that will be fun?????

    1. Erica, I used Italian flat leaf and purchased fresh “Mint” leaves. The mint didn’t indicate peppermint or spearmint, just mint. 🙂

  6. Just made these for my dog. He’s allergic to chicken so we have to feed him white fish with potatoes dry food. He’s breath smells like fish. Just gave him one he likes it. Let’s see if it helps his breath..

  7. I found the dough to be too dry even with adding a bit more water. It just crumbled when it was handled and rolled. Any suggestions to make it more pliable?

  8. Happy New Year To All..
    Thank-U So Much for this Recipe..
    Sparky Our 8 Yr Old…80 lb Pup
    Who Has Always Had Dentastick & Dentalife..All his Lfe..Daily..
    LOVE,LOVES These Homeade Treats
    Alot More Economical, & Healthy
    THANK-U Again!!

    1. Erica, I’ve found that even when grinding the oats, it makes the same amount. In other words, 1 cup rolled oats = 1 cup flour.

  9. My dog is 78 pounds and i was worried that my mold will be to big amounts at a time for my dog. I ordered mine off of amazon. will this amout be to much for my dog? heres the link to my molds:

    GYBest GGT01 Food Grade Large Ice Cube Trays, Silicone Baking Molds, 2-Pack, Red

    1. Alex, That link does not work for me. It is difficult to determine if those molds will work for your dog. Please check with your vet.

      1. Waiting for treats to cool..they seem soft, keeping them in oven extra time hoping to crisp a little..any hints on this ? (Assuming they will harden naturally). Thanks for your support & awesome website ??

  10. I just made this recipe. I had to add 3x the water listed in the recipe because the dough was SO dry. 2 of my dogs LOVED them, the 3rd (puppy with bad breath) wasn’t interested. ??

      1. Does it matter how big or small you make the treats? Like if the treat is too big will it get the dog sick? Or too small where it won’t work on the dogs breath?

  11. Thank you! Our little doggies love these cookie treats!They take care of my little yorkie’s very bad breath as soon as she eats one! Ive made them twice now and they’re super easy to make. The second time I was too tired to cut them out and just patted the dough out on a parchment lined cookie sheet and baked as directed. They came out perfectly baked, and I just cooled and cut into 40 little square cookies. Fast and easy and the doggies didn’t mind at all! We grow our own mint and basil, and I have room for a parsley patch, so they cost very little to make. Thank you again for this wonderful recipe!!!

    1. Emily, This recipe was created for dogs. You may want to ask your vet if the ingredients are also good for cats, I’m not sure.

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