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Doggie Breath Busters

In Pet on March 8, 2010 at 2:56 pm

NO! Not for you! Bad human!

Okay, let me clarify – these are not for when you have doggie breath – they are for your doggie’s breath! Yes, they are dog treats, and they are very cheap and easy to make. Penny loves them. Mr. Gorilla does too, but that’s because he’s weird.

I prefer these to store-bought treats because I know exactly what’s going into them. They’re not necessarily balanced, but they are supposed to be treats, not a regular diet. Like cookies. You should have seen Penny’s face when I took a batch of cookies out of the oven and told her they were all for HER! Omigod. She knows her Mommy loves her. I even let her lick the spoon.

The parsley is what really freshens the breath, but there’s a little bit of peppermint oil thrown in to kick it up a notch. But just a little, because most dogs don’t like anything too minty. And DO NOT give your dog human mints – they contain aspartame, which can be toxic to our little furbabies! Just make these treats, and everything will be fine.

Doggie Breath Busters


1 1/2 cup flour

1 cup fresh parsley, chopped

1/4 teaspoon mint extract

1 egg

1/3 cup chicken broth

3 tablespoons vegetable oil

1/2 cup fine cornmeal


In a large bowl, mix the flour, parsley, mint extract, egg, broth, and oil until combined. A moderately stiff dough should form.

It will be a bit sticky, so knead in the cornmeal until just combined – once the cornmeal is in there, it will be much easier to handle. Promise.

Roll out between two sheets of parchment to about 1/8 inch thick. These don’t rise in the oven, so what you put in is what you’ll get out – keep that in mind.

Cut out with cookie cutters (I used little hearts because I’m cute), or just cut into squares. Make sure the size is appropriate for your dog – small enough to be manageable, but not small enough to choke on. DO NOT make little balls – that’s a choke hazard for sure.

Bake on an ungreased cookie sheet at 350 until the treats are golden around the edges – mine took about 15 minutes.

If you didn’t chop the parsley very fine, there may be some pieces of it sticking out the sides of the cut outs, but never fear. Once they’re baked, the excess parsley will dry out and rub right off.

Cool completely, then tell your dog to sit, shake, and lie down. Then bestow a the gift of a home-baked treat, and a kiss!


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