Banish your pup’s bad breath with this homemade dog breath freshener recipe. These easy to make treats with parsley and mint help to get rid of puppy breath. In just over 30 minutes, you can have freshly made healthy dog biscuits that not only help to freshen breath, they also ease an upset stomach.
I’ll give you variations and substitutions where I can, plus helpful tips and tricks for success. Read on for this info as well as the recipe. If you’d like to skip straight to the recipe, use the jump to recipe button at the top of the post.
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Why you should make this recipe
- Quick & Easy – Ready from start to finish in about 35 minutes.
- Inexpensive – These fresh breath dog treats cost a fraction of what you would pay for store-bought.
- Make ahead – You can make the dough ahead of time and bake the next day. You can also bake these treats and store them in the fridge or freezer.
Homemade dog breath freshener biscuits
These quick and easy homemade dog treats for bad breath will help to get rid of puppy breath with mint, curly parsley and coconut oil.
Mint and curly parsley also aid in digestion, making these treats doubly good for dogs with sensitive stomachs.
You’ll need 7 ingredients to make these dog treats for bad breath.
- Old fashioned oats – You can substitute with quick-cooking, if that is what you have.
- All purpose flour – You can swap out with any flour that you like.
- Applesauce – Please make sure it is unflavored, no sugar added applesauce.
- Coconut oil – Provides healthy fats and has anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties.
- Egg – Provides moisture and structure to the dough.
- Curly parsley – This is the ONLY type of parsley that is safe for dogs.
- Mint – Peppermint or spearmint are best. Wintergreen and English pennyroyal are harmful to dogs.
How to make breath freshener treats for dogs
Most of my dog recipes are made in a food processor for ease. I use it to grind oats as well as mixing up the dough. This doesn’t mean you can’t make them if you don’t own one. You can mix everything up in a bowl and proceed with the recipe.
If you own a powerful blender, you can also use that to break up the oatmeal, or you can buy oat flour.
- The first step in this easy recipe is to grind the oatmeal in the food processor. As you can see in the photo, I didn’t grind it to a complete powder. I left a few whole pieces of oat to give it some texture.
- Once you’ve ground the oats, it’s time to add the rest of the ingredients for the homemade dog breath freshener treats.
- Turn the food processor on and let it run for a couple of minutes until your dough looks uniform.
- Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and roll out to 1/8″ thick. Cut out with 2-inch cookie cutters.
If you have large dogs, you may want to make larger biscuits. Remember to add a few extra minutes when baking.
Making fresh breath dog treats at home is easy and you can make them for half the cost of store bought. This is also a great activity to do with kids.
Homemade dog breath freshener FAQ’s
If you live in a cooler, less humid climate, you can store these treats in a cute dog treat jar on the counter for a couple of days. Because I live in a warmer, humid climate, I store them in the refrigerator.
You can also freeze them and take out a few at a time, which is what I do most of the time.
Yes. I use old-fashioned oats, but you can use a quick cooking variety if that’s what you have. You cannot use steel-cut oats, as those are entirely different.
If properly stored, in an airtight container in the refrigerator, they will last up to 2 weeks.
Yep! Store in an airtight container in the freezer for up to 3 months.
My list of all things dog includes some of the things I bought for Sugar. She was a pup who needed homemade dog treats for sensitive stomachs, because she had a lot of belly issues over the years.
Variations and substitutions
- Old-fashioned oats can be swapped for quick-cooking oats. You can swap out quick cooking oats for regular old fashioned oats. Do not swap out for flavored oatmeal. Those little packets are not good for your dog.
- Make drop-style dog biscuits. If you don’t want to roll out the treats, use a small cookie scoop. Then flatten the tops with a fork. The good news is this – your dog does not care if the treats are cute bone shapes or not. Your dog just wants a cookie.
- Chia seeds can be swapped for one egg. Combine 1 tbsp. chia seeds with 3 tbsp. water and let it gel for about 5 minutes before adding to food processor.
If your pup has allergies, making their treats is a great option because you know exactly what is in the food you are giving to your dog.
Helpful tools and equipment
This is what I used to make these homemade dog treats for bad breath:
- Bone shaped cookie cutters – This is the same set I have.
- Food processor – An updated version of the one I own.
- Rolling dowel – This rolling dowel is not tapered, which I like. It makes it easier to roll out the dough to an even thickness.
- Parchment paper – This is what I use. Sheets of parchment that are cut to fit perfectly inside the baking sheet.
- Baking sheets – These half sheet pans work great! They are heavy duty, they don’t warp and the parchment fits inside.
Check my list of recommended tools for making making dog treats.
More dog biscuit recipes
Looking for another homemade dog biscuit recipe? Most of these treats use only three or four ingredients, making them incredibly fast and easy.
- Pumpkin peanut butter dog treats
- Oatmeal applesauce dog treats
- Oatmeal pumpkin dog treats
- Banana pumpkin dog treats
- Soft pumpkin treats
- Peanut butter banana treats
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- 1 cup old fashioned oats // 90g
- 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour // 180g
- 1/2 cup plain no sugar added applesauce // 127g
- 2 tbsp. coconut oil, melted and cooled //28g
- 1 egg
- 1/2 cup curly parsley, chopped *see note // 30g
- 1/4 cup mint, chopped // 7g
- Preheat oven to 350°F // 180°C // Gas mark 4. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
- Add oats to the bowl of a food processor.
- Let machine run for 2 - 3 minutes, until oats are almost flour consistency with a few big pieces left.
- Add flour, applesauce, coconut oil, egg, curly parsley and mint to bowl of food processor.
- Pulse a few times to break up herbs and move ingredients around.
- Run food processor for a few minutes until dough looks uniform.
- Sprinkle the countertop with a tablespoon or two of flour, then turn the dough out onto the countertop.
- Roll the dough out to roughly 1/8" (1/3 - 1/4cm) thick.
- Cut treats out with cookie cutter and place on baking sheet. Bake for 16 - 18 minutes, rotate tray halfway through.
- Cool completely before giving to your dog.
Recipe yields 60 2" treats. If you use a smaller or larger cookie cutter, or a different cookie cutter than the one I used, your yield will be slightly different.
*Parsley must be CURLY parsley, other varieties can be harmful to your pup.
Use only spearmint or peppermint, as other varieties of mint can be harmful to your dog.
For BEST results, store in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks, or freeze for up to 3 months.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 30Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 3mgSodium: 2mgCarbohydrates: 5gFiber: 0gSugar: 2gProtein: 1g
Nutrition information calculated by a third-party company as a courtesy. It is intended as a guideline only.
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