Did you know that February is National Pet Dental Health Month?!?
There is a month, week, day for everything!
Obviously, it’s super important to take care of our dogs’ teeth. Oral hygiene is connected to so many other things like digestive and heart health. Plus no one wants their dog to have stinky breath!
I thought I would make something fun and yummy for our dogs that is both beneficial to them and us. Good breath and digestive health for them; happy and healthy dogs for us!
I made these Dog Breath Fresheners with just a few ingredients, a food processor, and a ice cube tray. I used fun dog bone and dog paw ones, but a regular ice cube tray will work just fine. They are simple to make so you’ll be making them for your dogs all the time.
I bet they will love them as much as my dogs.
So what’s in these awesome Dog Breath Fresheners?
These whip up really quickly with plain yogurt, coconut oil, parsley, and mint.
The yogurt provides great cultures that help with digestion and good gut health. If your stomach is ‘off’ then there is a really good chance that your breath is stinky. Same goes for dogs, so some yogurt in their diet can be really beneficial.
Be sure to get sugar free, plain yogurt. (Note: The yogurt will have sugar in the nutrition facts, you want not ADDED sugar or flavorings)
Coconut oil is great for your overall health, but just focusing on digestion now, it helps with aiding in digestive disorders like inflammatory bowel syndrome and colitis, helps with nutrient absorption, and can help with killing parasites.
Parsley contains chlorophyll, which can help neutralize bad breath. Chlorophyll is a natural deodorizer so chewing some will help neutralize stinky breath odors. Potentially, it can even help with digestion, which will help address bad breath odors from the gut .
Mint leaves behind it’s signature fresh breath smell, but it does more than that! It helps with digestion and can help fight the bacteria in your dogs mouth that causes bad breath. As with parsley, mint contains chlorophyll, so that give it an extra boost in fighting off bad breath.
Be sure to give your dog lots of sweet kisses after they have a mint. xo
Homemade Dog Breath Fresheners
MAkes 20+ dog breath mints
- Large bunch of parsley
- 1 ounce of fresh mint
- 1/2 Cup of water
- 1/2 Cup of Coconut Oil
- 1 1/2 Cups plain, sugar free yogurt
- Trim off the bottom rough edges of the parsley and mint stems. (you can still have a lot of stems, just take off the rough, woody parts) Add to a food processor/blender
- Combine the coconut oil and water in a measuring cup/bowl. Microwave until warm enough to melt the coconut oil. Add to the food processor.
- Add the yogurt.
- Blend until the herbs are completely chopped.
- Pour into the ice cube molds. Freeze.