DIY Doggie Fresh Breath Treats

I love my dogs. I really do! I can deal with the crazy shedding, the obsessive licking, and all the other nasty things they do, but what I can’t handle? Nasty booty breath. Especially having a baby who loves to give them kisses…

Buying them special breath freshening treats was getting expensive, so I decided to get creative! First, a couple of things about the not so secret ingredients:

 Activated Charcoal:  Often used when dogs have ingested toxins, activated charcoal has be found to significantly decrease body and breath odors, indigestion, diarrhea, and help with many other issues.

Peppermint Essential Oil: Soothes the stomach and freshens the breath! Do not substitute with a mint extract.

Coconut Oil: Aids in digestion, helps bad breath, and acts as a natural antibacterial, among other things!

Fresh Parsley: Fights bad breath, boosts the immune system, acts as an anti-microbial, anti-inflammatory, and more!

Fresh Breath Treats

Makes: 2 and 1/2 dozen treats

  • 2 cups of flour
  • 2/3 cups of oatmeal (not quick oats)
  • 6 tbsp food safe, activated charcoal
  • 1/2 a bunch of fresh chopped parsley
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup of peanut butter (xylitol free)
  • 1 mashed banana
  • 1/2 cup of coconut oil, unmelted
  • 10 drops food grade peppermint essential oilimg_8262
  1. Preheat the oven to 350F.
  2. Mix together all of the dry ingredients and the wet ingredients separately, then fold together in a large bowl. The mixture should hold together like dough. You may need to add a little bit of water or flour to help it all stick together.
  3. Oil the clean counter so the dough will not stick.
  4. Using a rolling pin, roll the dough out on the counter to the desired thickness, and cut out the treats with a cookie cutter.
  5. Bake on greased cookie sheets for 20 minutes.
  6. Allow the treats to cool and harden completely before removing them from the cookie sheets. img_8263

Even my picky dog on the left loves these treats! This is a cheap, natural way to keep your dog’s breath smelling fresh and clean! img_8264

 

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