DIY Doggie Breath Mints

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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. 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 treats will help get rid of your dog’s bad breath no matter the reason.

Key Ingredients & Why They Work:

Parsley: Parsley has a strong, overbearing taste which makes it a natural breah freshener. The green leaves of the parsley plant contains chlorophyll, which acts on bacteria and eliminates them. Parsley is also great for your dog’s digestive system.

Mint: Mint gives your dog’s breath a light and soothing smell.

DIY Doggie Breath Mints


  • 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 teaspoon
  • 3 tablespoons melted coconut oil (unrefined extra-virgin is best)


  1. Preheat the oven to 325° F
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Allow mints to cool completely before serving. Store in an airtight container.
  5. Tip: For dogs with allergies to chicken products, substitute one large egg with 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce.

Source: TheFunTimesGuide

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70 Comments on "DIY Doggie Breath Mints"

  1. leandra  June 14, 2015

    Do i have to keep them in the refrigerator or outside

    • SkinnyMs  June 15, 2015

      Store in an air-tight container. No refrigeration is needed.

  2. Nadua  September 24, 2015

    hi, I've read the mint is bad for dogs, it's like you give them tooth paste, is toxic, is this correct?

    • SkinnyMs  September 25, 2015

      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.

  3. Lynn  November 7, 2015

    Can not get my hands on the coconut oil (we're to far out in the sticks) is there a substitute?

    • SkinnyMs  November 8, 2015

      Hi Lynn, I just updated and added Olive Oil as an option to coconut oil. 🙂

  4. Brittany  February 18, 2016

    What is the shelf life of these?

    • Gale Compton  February 18, 2016

      Hi Brittany, About two weeks at their freashest. 🙂

  5. Leanne Greco  March 7, 2016

    I just made these and they seem really dry and the dough was hard to work with. Any tips?

    • Gale Compton  March 7, 2016

      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! 🙂

  6. Michelle  March 10, 2016

    How many mints a day can a dog below 10 lbs can have?

    • Gale Compton  March 10, 2016

      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. 🙂

  7. Tammi  July 29, 2016

    How many does a batch make?

    • Gale Compton  July 29, 2016

      Tammi, Depends on what you’re referring to. This recipe makes a batch of about 40 cookies.

  8. Betty  November 2, 2016

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

    • Gale Compton  November 5, 2016

      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! 🙂

  9. Jade  November 21, 2016

    Would I be able to use whole wheat flour instead of the oats?

  10. Leslie  December 18, 2016

    Can mint extract be used?

    • Gale Compton  December 18, 2016

      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.

  11. Sharon  December 20, 2016

    I couldn’t find parsley so I’m gonna try dry. Sound ok.

    • Kym Votruba  December 21, 2016

      Yes, dried parsley will work. 🙂

  12. Sharon  December 23, 2016

    Thank you Merry Christmas to you and your family.

  13. Sylvia Stanisa  December 24, 2016

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

    • Gale Compton  December 24, 2016

      Let us know how your dog likes the mints. 🙂

  14. Teresa  December 29, 2016

    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 .

    • Gale Compton  December 29, 2016

      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. 🙂

  15. Cheri  February 23, 2017

    You can get Coconut Oil on Amazon ?

  16. Nikki Brown  February 28, 2017

    Made these today, they turned out great. My pooch love them. Thanks for the recipe.

  17. Natasha  April 28, 2017

    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 ^^

    • Nichole Furlong  April 29, 2017

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

  18. Angela  May 1, 2017

    Can this dough recipie be frozen & taken out & cooked as required?

    • Emilia Horn  May 1, 2017

      Yes, Angela, it can.

  19. Lene Olshobe  May 20, 2017

    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?????

    • Nichole Furlong  May 20, 2017

      Let us know how your Doggie Breath Mints turn out, Lene!

  20. Ruth  June 20, 2017

    Can I use dry mint leaves?

  21. Debbie  June 22, 2017

    Can they be frozen after they are baked?

  22. Lisa  September 30, 2017

    My dogs are allergic to grains, can I substitute coconut flour for the oats using the same quantity?

  23. Diane  October 15, 2017

    Do u melt the coconut oil first?

  24. Erica Myers  November 11, 2017

    Should I use curly parsley or Italian flat leaf. Also, what kind of mint – peppermint or spearmint?

    • Gale Compton  November 13, 2017

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

  25. Rebecca  November 26, 2017

    Do you have suggestions for a replacement for oats? My dog is allergic to oatmeal?

    • Gale Compton  November 27, 2017

      Rebecca, Whole wheat flour if there’s no allergies to wheat.

  26. Sue Pinsler  December 12, 2017

    Just made them. Dogs are crazy about ‘em! Wish they had a more minty smell though.

  27. Rosa fernandes  December 19, 2017

    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..

    • Nichole Furlong  December 19, 2017

      We’re so glad to hear he enjoyed his breath mint! Let us know if it helped his fish-y breath!

  28. Karen  December 21, 2017

    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?

  29. Kate  January 18, 2018

    Easy and dog approved, thanks for the recipe and a shot glass makes for a perfect cookie cutter for these.

  30. Carol  January 24, 2018

    Thank you for the recipe. All three of my dogs absolutely love them!

    • Nichole Furlong  January 24, 2018

      You’re very welcome, Carol! We’re so glad to hear all three of your dogs love the breath mints!

  31. Ritz 1958  January 27, 2018

    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!!

    • Gale Compton  January 27, 2018

      Rita, You are so welcome! I’m super happy Sparky loves them. 🙂

  32. Sarah  January 30, 2018

    Thank you for this recipe. I’m a hit with all the dog owners in my apt. building!

  33. Erica  February 9, 2018

    If I sub oat flour, would it be the same amount or does it make more/less if you grind your own oatmeal?

    • Gale Compton  February 10, 2018

      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.

  34. Alex  April 1, 2018

    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

    • Gale Compton  April 2, 2018

      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.

      • SHiloh  June 30, 2018

        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 🐶👍

        • Gale Compton  July 2, 2018

          They can be baked longer for a more crunchy treat. 🙂

  35. Marie  April 5, 2018

    Can you use brown rice flour in place of the oats

    • Gale Compton  April 10, 2018

      Marie, Brown rice flour should be fine as long as brown rice is the only ingredient.

  36. Valerie  April 16, 2018

    I made these and my Dogter LOOOVVEESS them!!

    • Gale Compton  April 16, 2018

      YEAH!!! Valerie thank you so much for letting us know. Send a pic if you get a chance. Would love to see your sweet dog. 🙂
      [email protected]

  37. Jani  May 12, 2018

    No one asked if it worked on the dog’s breath?


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