I don’t know about you, but I love puppy breath. That hot, sweet smell of innocence and playfulness is intoxicating to me.
But grown-up dog breath? Yeah, not so much.
February is National Pet Dental Health Month, and we’re talking about the importance of dental hygiene for dogs. But sometimes even with good hygiene, your dog’s breath might still be less than appealing. That’s why I got so excited when I found these adorable doggy breath mints.
While these treats are not intended to take the place of proper dental care, they do contain ingredients that are known as natural deodorizers. Both mint and parsley have strong odor-busting properties, and it’s even been said that parsley can aid in digestion.
Just 5 wholesome ingredients; making homemade dog treats at home doesn’t get much simpler than that. And because you might already have these ingredients at home, you won’t even have to make a special trip to the market!
Nike says she doesn’t know about all that, but these doggy breath mints sure are delicious and she’s happy to eat as many as I’m willing to give her!
- 2 1/2 cups old fashioned oats
- 1/2 cup finely chopped parsley
- 1/2 cup finely chopped mint
- 2 large eggs
- 1/4 cup + one teaspoon water
- 4 Tablespoons coconut oil
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
- Combine parsley, mint, egg, water, and oil in a bowl.
- Add oats a little bit at a time to mixture and mix all ingredients well.
- Knead dough well and then let it sit for about 30 minutes. This allows the oats to soften.
- After 30 minutes, roll dough into small balls and place approximately 1/4-inch apart on a parchment lined baking sheet.
- Bake for 30 minutes.
- Allow mints to cool before serving.
- Store uneaten mints in an air-tight container for up to one week.
- If your dog is allergic to eggs, you can substitute 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce for the one large egg.
As an added bonus, I’ve got a couple free printables to go with this recipe! If you’d like to whip up a batch of these doggy breath mints to give as a gift to a favorite mutt, feel free to use these cute gift tags to make these treats just a little more special! And as always, don’t forget to grab my free printable recipe card for all your pet recipes!
When you make these fun mints for your dog, why not share a photo with us on our Facebook page? We’d love to see what you and your mutt think of them!