Minty Fresh Breath Dog Treats
Feb 27, 2020, Updated Dec 19, 2023
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There’s nothing better than the love and affection of a dog. But a big, wet kiss from a pup with stinky breath can turn you off your dinner. Dog’s don’t naturally have great dental hygiene, but mint has natural properties that can freshen a dog’s breath, similar to its effect in humans.
These treats are a combination of ingredients you likely already have in your kitchen:
Plain Greek yogurt
Homemade Minty Dog Treats
Many herbs are safe for dogs and offer health benefits. Mint and parsley are great for freshening your pup’s breath. As with anything, mint should be given in moderation — no more than a few leaves a day. And never give your dog English/European pennyroyal mint as it can be toxic.
Apples can help keep teeth clean, aiding in breath freshness. Apples are safe for dogs as long as the seeds and core are removed. Any apple variety can be used in these treats — we used green to match the mint and parsley.
Coconut oil is believed to have many benefits for dogs. Its antibacterial and antimicrobial properties can stop bacteria from developing and spreading in your pup’s mouth. It can also help control plaque which can lead to dental disease.
These dog treats are a breeze to make!
Step one – Using a blender or food processor, blend together the mint, parsley, yogurt, and coconut oil. Stir in small bits of apple.
Step two – Pour the mixture into ice cube trays or a silicone mold. Consider the size of your dog when making dog treats. Small dogs = small-sized treats. Bigger dogs can have larger treats.
Step 3 – Freeze the treats overnight or until they are frozen solid (about 5-6 hours). Once they are frozen through, remove them from their molds and store in the freezer in an air-tight container.
Minty Fresh Breath Dog Treats
- 1 cup Plain Greek yogurt
- 1/4 cup mint
- 1/4 cup parsley
- 1/4 cup coconut oil
- 1/2 cup green apple chopped small
- Blend together the yogurt, mint, parsley and coconut oil.
- Mix in chopped apples.
- Pour mixture into an ice cube tray or silicone mold. Freeze overnight or until frozen through. Remove from molds and store in an airtight container in the freezer.
Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.
We know your pup will enjoy these treats and you’ll enjoy his dog kisses more afterward!
- Use fresh and quality Ingredients. Always aim for fresh ingredients and avoid using artificial flavors or sweeteners.
- Remember, moderation is key when introducing new treats to your dog’s diet. These mint treats can be a delightful occasional snack, but ensure they fit within your dog’s overall nutritional needs and dietary restrictions.
- Avoid Xylitol. Some mints, especially sugar-free versions, might contain xylitol, which is toxic to dogs. Always ensure the mint product you’re using is free from harmful additives.
Want other easy homemade dog treat ideas? Check these out!
- Grain-Free Carrot and Spinach Dog Treats
- Gluten-Free Blackberry and Almond Flour Dog Treats
- Watermelon Dog Treats
- Banana and Blueberry Pupsicles
- Sweet Potato Dog Treats
- Pumpkin and Apple Dog Treats
Share a photo of your dog enjoying these homemade treats and tag us on Instagram @theproducemoms.
*Always talk to your veterinarian before introducing new foods into your dog’s diet.