Nothing turns those sweet snuggle moments with your dog sour faster than the smell of their bad breath. Bad dog breath isn’t just gross; it could actually be an indication of health problems.
Bad breath can be a sign of any number of things going on with your pet, from bad oral hygiene habits that have resulted in periodontal disease, to bad dietary habits, to diabetes, kidney disease and more. So, it’s important to do some research, and get to the bottom of your pet’s foul breath before you just throw a breath refresher in their mouths.
Of course, today’s post is all about finding natural treats to combat bad doggy breath (once you’ve identified the source of the problem, that is) so that you can keep on snuggling and sharing the love with your favorite K9 companion. And, these homemade doggy muffin treats are great for treating bad breath. It’s a specifically formulated recipe that’s designed to naturally freshen breath through holistic digestive aids and natural deodorizers. Here’s how you make them:
*As always, check with your veterinarian before introducing new foods and treats to your pet if they have any special conditions or health issues or if you have any questions or concerns.*
Bad Breath Muffin Recipe
Step 1 – Blend the following ingredients in a bowl:
- 4 cups of rice flour or whole wheat flour (or a suitable wheat-free substitute if needed)
- 1 Tbsp of baking powder
- 1/2 tsp of cinnamon (this is a digestive aid)
- 1/4 tsp of ginger (this soothes the digestive system)
- 1 tsp of powdered seaweed/algae (this is a highly digestible source of vitamins, minerals and chlorophyll)
- 1/4 tsp of chlorella powder (chlorophyll)
- 1/4 tsp of peppermint leaf powder (this is an excellent deodorizer and helps digestion)
Step 2 – Blend the following ingredients in a separate bowl:
- 2 1/2 cups of water
- 1/2 tsp of vanilla
- 1/4 cup of pure, unsweetened applesauce
- 1 cup of plain, active yogurt
- 1 egg
Step 3 – Take the following steps to and finish your prep, and bake:
- 1/4 cup of chopped or pureed fresh parsley (this is a great natural deodorizer and helps digestion. It’s also full of Vitamins A and C as well as Chlorophyll that has a direct effect on bad dog breath.)
- Preheat your oven to 350 F
- Slowly mix together bowls one and two, and add the parsley.
- Pour your mixture into regular-sized baking cups, then bake for about 45 minutes, checking every few minutes until a toothpick comes out clean.
While these doggy treats are just one way to combat their bad breath, it’s important to remember that that bad breath is likely a result from your dog suffering from underlying dental issues or other health illnesses. So, be sure to visit your veterinarian to eliminate these conditions as a source of your dog’s bad breath before exploring natural, at-home remedies only meant to address the superficial issue.