Have a dog with bad breath?
Try this DIY doggie breath freshener treat recipe, made with all natural ingredients that are good for your pup!
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!
About the Ingredients
Parsley leaves are full of protein, vitamins and other nutrients. Parsley is 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!
If your dog has persistent breath or digestive troubles, check with a vet to rule out underlying health problems.
Doggie Breath Freshener Treat Recipe
- 6 oz container of plain unsweetened yogurt
- a large pinch of fresh mint leaves
- a large pinch of fresh parsley
- Blend all of the ingredients together.
- Spoon into ice trays.
- Freeze until solid.
- Remove from ice trays.
- Store in freezer bags in your freezer.
A mini food processor, like THIS ONE is perfect for this purpose. I use mine all the time. I first got it as a bridal shower gift and it lasted 15 years until I had to buy a new one. It’s been useful for everything from making baby food to pulverizing herbs for many of the projects you see on this blog.
These dog treats are so easy to make, my kids loved making them for our dogs. It’s a great way to teach them about common herbs and home remedies.
Make sure the yogurt is unsweetened. Never give a dog anything with artificial sweeteners or xylitol (very toxic to dogs) in it. However, if you’re making some for humans to eat, you could add a dash of honey to taste.
Some dogs prefer these frozen, while others may like them slightly thawed first. Make smaller treats for smaller dogs.
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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 was designed for dogs, not cats. This post may contain affiliate links.
Homemade Doggie Breath Freshener Treats was originally published March, 2012, and updated for October, 2018.