The Best Homemade Dog Treats for Fresh Breath: Mint and Parsley Edition
Parsley is an excellent herb that offers numerous health benefits for dogs, including freshening their breath! Not only is it rich in vitamins and minerals, but it also contains chlorophyll, a natural deodorizer that can help neutralize odors in your pup’s mouth. Additionally, parsley contains enzymes that break down odor-causing compounds and help to promote digestion, making it a great addition to your dog’s diet. So, next time you’re cooking up a homemade meal for your dog, don’t forget to add a bit of fresh parsley to keep their breath smelling clean and fresh!
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Curly parsley only!
When it comes to using parsley in dog treats, it’s important to note that only curly parsley should be used for dogs. Flat-leaf parsley, also known as Italian parsley, contains a higher concentration of essential oils that can be toxic to dogs when consumed in large amounts. Curly parsley has a milder flavor and lower concentration of essential oils, making it safe for dogs to consume. So, if you’re planning on using parsley in your dog’s treats or meals, be sure to stick with curly to ensure their safety and well-being.
The addition of parsley and mint not only gives these treats a refreshing flavor but also provides health benefits for your pup. Parsley contains chlorophyll which helps freshen breath by neutralizing odors in the mouth. It is also rich in vitamins and minerals that can support overall health.
Mint is another herb known for its breath-freshening properties, and it can also aid in digestion and provide a calming effect on the stomach. Mint is safe for dogs when given in small amounts. It has natural antibacterial properties that can help freshen their breath and soothe their upset stomachs. However, it is important to note that too much mint can cause digestive upset in dogs, which is why I’ve kept the mint in this recipe to a small amount of 1/4 cup.
Bananas are rich in potassium, which can help regulate blood pressure and support proper heart function. They also contain fiber, which can aid in digestion, keep your dog feeling full + satisfied and they’re also a great source of natural sugars, making them a tasty ingredient to include in your dog’s treats! I like adding mashed banana to make their dog treats softer and more full.
- 2.5 cups old fashioned oats
- 1/2 cup curly parsley chopped
- 1/4 cup mint chopped
- 3 tbsp coconut oil melted
- 1 banana, mashed
- 1 egg
Preheat oven 350 degrees.
Pulse oats in blender until textured powder.
Mix all ingredients together in food processor, or with a hand mixer, or by hand in mixing bowl.
Roll the dough out and cut out treats. You can also make mini balls and mash them down with a fork.
Bake for 16-18 mins.
Store in airtight container in fridge for 7-10 days.
Bad breath in dogs can be more than just a simple annoyance; it can be a sign of underlying health issues. Dental problems, such as periodontal disease or tooth decay, can cause bad breath and lead to serious health problems if left untreated. Bad breath can also be an indication of gastrointestinal problems, such as an upset stomach or poor digestion.
Regular dental check-ups, daily teeth brushing, and incorporating dental chews or treats into your dog’s diet can help keep their breath fresh and their teeth healthy. Make sure to check out my post The Ultimate Guide to Brushing Your Dog’s Teeth At Home.
These parsley dog treats are an effective, natural way to keep your dog’s teeth clean and healthy! Check out my post 5 Natural Ways To Keep Your Dog’s Teeth Clean for more ways to keep your dog’s teeth and breath fresh.