Most people will not resist touching the ball of fur (the dog, the dog!) sitting perched on your friend's couch like that. And when they do get there with the babbling love words and what not, the skin is all soft to touch, granted, but one whiff of dog breath and they're recoiling inside. I'm not trying to be mean and especially gross, but you know what I'm saying is right. Your dog or someone else's, having to smell that kind of breath on a dog is never good. While there are a number of reasons that can lead to foul dog breath, and tackling the root cause is the need of the hour, a temporary solution that can be looked into is that of preparing homemade breath fresheners. As the term suggests, breath fresheners aim at eliminating the bad breath that has been produced and combating the problem thus. In this article, we will give you instructions on how to make dog breath fresheners at home and help you out with certain recipes.
Natural Dog Breath Fresheners
Foul-smelling dog breath can be caused due to several reasons, these being - a problem in the digestive system of the dog, poor dental care, as well as feeding it food that leads to flatulence. While you work towards eliminating these problems at the base, there are temporary solutions that can be used in the form of homemade dog breath fresheners. Since they are homemade and natural, they are quite safe for consumption.
Mint Leaves and Crackers
- Mint leaves (¼ cup)
- Crackers (Salt-free, 3-4)
- Chop the mint leaves in small pieces. Collect the juice and do not let it go waste.
- Crush the crackers into powder.
- Mix the crackers and the mint leaves together.
- Add water on discretion. Enough so that the consistency is thick enough to be molded into shape.
- Make small balls (less than an inch) of this mixture so that it becomes easier to feed the dog.
- Arrange them on a wax paper and keep them in the freezer.
- Use them as and when needed.
Peanut Butter and Mint Biscuits
- All-purpose flour (½ cup)
- Whole wheat flour (½ cup)
- Cornmeal (¾ cup)
- Brown sugar (¼ cup)
- Baking powder (2 tsp)
- Rolled oats (1 cup)
- Salt (½ tsp)
- Butter (¼ cup)
- Peanut butter (smooth, ¼ cup)
- Eggs (2)
- Parsley (¼ cup)
- Mint leaves (¼ cup)
- Mix the flours, oats and cornflour along with the baking powder, brown sugar and salt together.
- In a separate bowl mix the butters and eggs and once smooth, add to the earlier mixture.
- Now add the parsley and mint leaves after chopping them into fine pieces to the mixture and knead into dough.
- Refrigerate this for an hour and then cut into the shape of small biscuits.
- Preheat the oven at 160 degrees and bake for about 40 minutes.
- Then cool and store.
- Serve when needed.
Extract for Water
- Fennel (1 tsp)
- Dill (1 tsp)
- Parsley (¼ cup)
- Ginger extracts (½ cup)
- Peppermint/spearmint oil (2-3 drops)
- Mix all these ingredients when dry and then run them through a blender.
- Add very little water so that you can get the extract.
- Once the mixture has become water induced, strain it to collect the extract.
- This extract can be used in 4-5 drops as an addition to the bowl of water.
- You can also mix the drops with their regular home food to get the desired results.
- Natural ingredients like dell, fennel and parsley helps in improving indigestion and the spearmint and peppermint help with the bad breath.
- Carrot (1-2, Shredded)
- Mint leaves (½ cup, Fresh)
- Lime juice (¼ cup)
- Mix all these ingredients and use either directly or as an addition to food.
Dog breath fresheners are not very tough to prepare, as you can see, and neither do they require very special ingredients that cannot be acquired easily. Then all that remains to be done is check to see if your dog will have the treats in their raw form, or will you have to mix it in their food. Rest assured this will clear the problem of bad breath soon. Then the slobbering, wet-kiss giving dog will not be a bother anymore.