Want to cut back on that bad dog breath and create some healthful treats for your dogs? Here are three recipes we’ve found that profess to help with their breath as well as tickle their taste buds.
Be sure to check that your dog doesn’t have some serious dental issue going on that is causing more than the usual bad doggy breath. All of the great food in the world won’t overcome dental and medical problems.
Doggie Fresh Breath Blend – Formula
The first recipe was adapted from Holistic Aromatherapy for Animals by Kristen Leigh Bell (Findhorn Press, 2002). Many dogs love the taste of this recipe.
Note: Please be sure to use aromatherapy-grade essential oils.
Warning: DO NOT use this formula on cats.
- 1/2 ounce base oil (the author recommends hazelnut or sweet almond oil)
- 6 drops essential oil of Cardamom
- 4 drops essential oil of Coriander Seed
- 6 drops essential oil of Peppermint
Mix ingredients well and place blend in a glass bottle with a dropper top. Dispense 1 to 3 drops inside the dog’s mouth.
Homemade Dog Bones
This next recipe is by Annie Berthold-Bond, Producer, Green Living Channels. It is adapted from Rodale’s Book of Practical Formulas. Keep a lookout for dog bone cookie cutters. You can often find them in kitchen supply stores.
- 2 cups whole wheat flour
- 1/3 cup cornmeal
- 1/2 cup soy flour
- 1/2 cup ground seeds
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon linseed oil (available in health food stores)
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- 1/4 cup unsulfured molasses
- 2 eggs
- 1/4 cup milk
Combine dry ingredients in a bowl. Mix to blend. Add the liquid ingredients. Stir, adding more milk if necessary to make a ball that can be kneaded and rolled out on a cutting board. Roll out the dough, and cut out dog bone shapes using a cookie cutter or knife. Place on a well-greased baking pan, and bake at 350 F for 25 to 35 minutes, or until browned.
Bad Breath Banishers – Breath Biscuits – Dog Food Recipe
This Dog Food Recipe is courtesy of I-Love-Dogs.com. It is a website with a wealth of information about and products for and about dogs and dog lovers.
- 2 cups brown rice flour
- 1 Tablespoon activated charcoal (find this at drugstores, not the briquets!)
- 1 large egg slightly beaten
- 3 Tablespoons canola oil
- 1/2 cup chopped parsley
- 1/3 cup chopped fresh mint
- 2/3 cup milk
Preheat oven to 400. Lightly oil a cookie sheet. Combine flour, salt, and charcoal. In a medium bowl, combine egg, oil, parsley, and mint; mix well. Slowly stir in flour mixture, then add enough milk to make a dough the consistency of drop biscuits. Drop heaping tablespoons of dough about 1 inch apart onto greased baking sheets. Bake 15 min., or until firm. Store cooled biscuits in a tightly covered container in the refrigerator.