Homemade Doggie Breath Freshener Treats

Homemade Dog Breath Freshener Treats With Parsley & Mint

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.

 

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40 Responses to Homemade Doggie Breath Freshener Treats

  1. Jane says:

    I love this! I have made homemade bones for my pup, but let me tell you – his breath could use some work! lol! I know parsley is good for bad breath, but I like putting it in a little cold treat! Awesome idea!

    • Jan says:

      Thanks! I’m fairly certain I bookmarked a dog treat recipe from your site that looked great. :) My sister-in-law’s dogs love these too, only she’d like me to create one that doesn’t have to stay frozen. I hope to experiment soon! Thanks for your comment!

      • Mary Trillich says:

        Jan: im not seeing any recipe here….its missing….lol….bc ive looked all over this site and cannot find it anywheres…..please tell me where i can find this nice looking recipe….it looks/sounds like a winner…but not having the actual recipe can be a big problem ya know!!!~

        • Jan says:

          Hi Mary! It’s all in the post: 6 oz container of plain yogurt and a handful of parsley and/or mint leaves all blended together. You can adjust the amounts depending on how much of each ingredient you have and if you don’t have mint leaves, you can use a drop or two of peppermint essential oil. :)

      • Shawnanronnie says:

        I’m wondering if a coconut oil concoction (maybe with yogurt) would work to make a solid treat that can be kept cool but not frozen. Does anyone here know if coconut oil would be a bad choice?

        • Jan says:

          Coconut oil can be used for dogs. I haven’t experimented with it in that way yet, but it sounds like you’re off to the start of a great idea! :)

        • stephanie says:

          YES you could also ADD coconut oil to this recipe. I use coconut oil on my skin as soon as I am out of the shower and my dogs are licking my legs. they love coconut oil!! so I am trying to find a good way to make a recipe that does not need to be cooked or frozen.

          • Julie says:

            If you find a recipe that doesn’t need to be frozen please post! My dog doesn’t like frozen treats.

  2. Vanity says:

    Can you use these on cats, too?

    • Jan says:

      Hi Vanity! Cats are very sensitive to essential oils and I’m fairly certain that peppermint isn’t good for them. Your cat might like just the yogurt though! My cat loves plain yogurt! :)

  3. Lynn says:

    LOL….had to write to tell you I have the same mini chopper and have had it for 12 years. You’re right when you say “everyone needs one of these”. Use mine daily and love it!

  4. Alison says:

    My dog has super bad breath, we havent tried this recipe yet because she is very stubborn and doesnt like to eat ice cubes. should we still try it (not freezing it)?

  5. Maggie says:

    I have 3 dogs, a Bassett, mixed terrier, and a pocket beagle. They all have bad breath! I made these 2 weeks ago and they were GONE in no time flat. The LOVED them and it works!!!!! Getting ready to make a triple batch today. Thanks so much!!!

  6. michelle says:

    Can I put fresh chocolate mint leaves in it?

    • Jan says:

      Hi Michelle! I think that will be fine. There shouldn’t be any real chocolate in chocolate mint, just a similar scent. (To be 100% sure though you can double check with your vet.)

  7. Glenda says:

    If your dog has bad breath though it could be something serious. Could be his/her teeth, gums, or something more serious, please have a vet check them out.

  8. Carly says:

    would these be ok for puppies also? i wouldn’t imagine why not, but they’re 7 weeks old, so just checking!

    • Jan says:

      Hi Carly! I would think so, in limited amounts, but anytime I’m dealing with babies (human or animal!) I like to double check with a doctor or other professional. So, you might want to ask your vet, to be safe. :) I know just the plain yogurt should be fine; our vet okayed it for one of our dogs when we first got her as a small puppy & had some tummy troubles.

  9. Aloha says:

    Going to make these for my dogs today. Is there anything that can be made and not be frozen or refrigerated? I would love to sell these at animal adoption events to raise money for our rescue. Also what about something for cats? Thanks

    • Jan says:

      That is a great question – I have a relative that would like to know the same! Her dogs love them, but she wants the convenience of not having to keep them cold. It’s on my list of things to experiment with (hopefully before Christmas season.)

  10. Beth says:

    How often so you give these to your dog?

    • Jan says:

      I just give my dachshund one a few times a week as a special treat, usually during the summer. (She gets cold easily; right now she likes warm broth as a treat!) :) It should be fine to give one each day, but you might want to double check with your vet about any individualized suggestions for your dog.

  11. Barbara Spencer says:

    Great idea, my dashound gets yougurt to help with yeast infection, now I can freeze this into handy little morsels for two reasons!

  12. Susan says:

    I love this idea. Thinking of adding a pinch of ginger, for the tummy.
    Wondering if a couple drips of molasses could be used as well?

    • Jan says:

      Hi Susan, I think blackstrap molasses and ginger would be two great additions! I’ve not heard of any contraindications for dogs and in fact good things are said about using blackstrap molasses to treat arthritic dogs, but since I’m not a licensed expert, you can double check with a vet to make sure.

  13. kayla says:

    I started out looking at these doggie breath treats. But i just wanted to tell you, your website is awesome. I love homemaking myself and i find your site very helpful. Thanks again jan. And i also love my mini food processor :-)

  14. Susan says:

    Hi Jan, Just checked with our vet he said there is nothing in blackstrap molasses or ginger that will hurt my dog and that it is used in some of the better doggie snacks. With that approval i am going ahead with my plan. Cant thank you enough…love ypur site.

  15. Linda says:

    The dogs love these and I have found that if you have a dog that doesn’t digest milk or yoghurt well (which I have – gas and bloating like you wouldn’t believe!) then try switching to goat milk. It seems to be more digestible (true for some lactose intolerant people too). It’s easy to make yoghurt from the goat milk and substitute it for usual yoghurt.

  16. alina says:

    won’t be better then frozen like a jelly with a little organic beef gelatin????

  17. alina says:

    yeah and if you use gelatin you can switch the yoghurt( if your dog can’t tolerate milk) with concentrate soup of bones

  18. Mauri Skier says:

    ok so I love this recipe. just a couple of questions. is the treat hard or soft? we have 3 dogs. 2 younger and 1 14 yr old. the younger dogs can and will eat anything. the older guy however has list most of his teeth. also, can these be given to stinky cat breath cats? can I use peppermint extract? if not where can I purchase the essential oil? Thank for your help

    • Jan says:

      Hi Mauri, The treats are on the harder side when frozen, so for your old guy, he might just like the minty yogurt from the refrigerator. I try to avoid essential oils with cats because they have a hard time metabolizing them. And, yep, I’ve used pure peppermint extract before – it works great!

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