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 doggie breath mints 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 these DIY doggie breath mints 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 contains 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 which 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.
- 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 dough a few times then turn out onto a lightly floured surface.
- Using your hands or a rolling pin, flatten 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 a part 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.