We love to spoil our pets, but our little dachshund’s tummy can’t handle most commercial dog treats. And, let’s face it. “Dog breath” didn’t become a commonly used insult for no good reason. She was in need of a treat to satisfy her snacking urges and a bit of breath freshening to boot.
Enter this terrific recipe for homemade doggie breath freshener treats that we received several years ago for subscribing to a magazine. We tweaked it to suit the ingredients we had on hand and it proved to be a winner!
Parsley leaves are full of protein, vitamins and other nutrients. It’s an excellent digestive aid, is antimicrobial and helps reduce arthritic inflammation.
Peppermint helps with intestinal gas, colic and motion sickness, plus it’s a great breath freshener!
This is so easy to make, my ten year old did all of the work himself.
First you’ll need a small 6 oz container of plain yogurt. Please, please, please do not ever give your dog anything with artificial sweeteners or the highly-toxic-to-our-canine-friends xylitol in it. (If you’ll be letting humans eat these though, you can add a dash of honey or cane sugar to taste.)
See that mini food processor? I got it as a bridal shower gift almost fifteen years ago and have used it so much, I can’t believe it’s still running. It’s been useful for everything from making baby food to pulverizing herbs to blending up cream cheese to… well, you get the idea. You’ll see it in action many times throughout my blog!
Next, you’ll want to throw in a handful of fresh parsley and, if you have any, fresh mint leaves. I scoured my garden and easily found the parsley but could only gather a few tiny mint leaves that had barely started peeking out of the ground. I pulled up a bit, but we decided to add a few drops of peppermint essential oil to make up for the lack.
Puree that all together in your handy dandy food chopper. (Really, everyone needs one of these!) Then, if you happen to be a ten-year-old boy, you might want to taste the treat. Okay, I tasted it too. It was actually pretty yummy and nothing like the dog food my brother tricked me into eating when I was kid.
Moving on…. past that slightly traumatic flashback….
Divide the mixture evenly in an ice tray and freeze until solid.
I tried to get a picturesque picture of my sweet little doggie posed just so in front of a treat, but she turns into this slightly-scary, ravenous creature when she sees one so you’re lucky to keep a finger as you offer her one.
This is the best I could get. A treat was in my son’s fingers, when I pressed the shutter. I swear!
Disclaimer: The information contained within this post is for educational purposes only. It is not intended to treat, diagnose, prescribe or cure. Any attempt to diagnose or treat an illness should be done under the supervision of a qualified veterinarian. This treat is not intended for cats.