Have you ever referred to your dog as a dragon? If you answered yes, then you may want to try out this recipe for dog treats called Donnie’s Dragon Drops. By the way…this isn’t Donnie, just a really cute Pit dressed as a dragon:)
As my dog has gotten older his breathe has gotten really bad! We called him the “Dragon Fish” because that’s what his breath smells like! It’s just awful:(
Anyway… I have tried several types of “bad Breath” dog treats and they all claim to take care of the problem, but they never seem to work. Rather then spending a small fortune on the latest “bad breath” dog treat trends, I decided to come up with a recipe of my own. Honestly, using all natural ingredients like activated charcoal and mint give the homemade dog treats a great taste and they work wonders have on the “dragon” within. Qualities that both you and your dog will love!
Let’s take a look at this easy recipe for dog treats that will help combat any dog’s dragon breath.
Donnie’s Dragon Drops
2 cups oat flour
1 1/2 tbsp. activated charcoal
3 tbsp. canola oil
1/2 cup chopped fresh min
1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley
1/2 cup water
Directions: Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spray baking sheet with cooking spray. in larger mixing bowl combine canola oil, egg, mint, parsley and water. Add flour and charcoal and mix together. Drop a teaspoon of batter onto greased cookie sheet about i inch apart. Bake for 15-20 minutes. Let cool and serve. Store left over treats in the refrigerator in an airtight container. Serving size about 4 treats.
The fresh mint and the activated charcoal are the two key ingredients in the recipe for dog treats above. The mint covers the odor in your dog’s mouth that it most likely caused by bacteria and the charcoal absorbs a lot of the odor causing elements in your dog’s stomach as well. However, there is another issue that causes bad breathe in dog’s that these treats do not really address… plaque.
Plaque is one of the leading causes of bad breath in dogs. A lot of pet owners believe that the only way to get rid of the tartar and plaque on your dog’s teeth is by brushing their teeth. Well, I don’t know about you but I tried brushing my dog’s teeth… yeah right!!!! Like that was going to happen. The next option you have when it comes to brushing your dog’s teeth is having it done professionally. I looked into this and it’s extremely expensive. Most vets have to sedate a dog in order to properly clean their teeth, so while it’s expensive, depending on the age and health of your dog, it can also be risky too. My dog was too old to be messing with anesthesia so I knew I had to find another remedy for the plaque issue.
Getting your dog some bones to chew on is a great alternative to brushing their teeth. The chewing motion actually scrapes the tartar and plaque off of their teeth. Have a big dog that chews and swallows every type of bone you give them? Try giving them a marrow bone. If they aren’t already available in the meat department of your local supermarket, ask the butcher to get you one. they are really cheap. I think I pay about $2.00-$3.00 for two bones.
If for some reason you can’t find these bones or you just prefer not giving them to your dog, you may want to try the recipe for dog treats below. It’s a recipe for milk bones and because after they cool they are hard, they are also great at scraping your dog’s teeth while they chew them.
2 cups of whole wheat flour
1/2 cup powdered milk
2 tbsp. brown sugar
1/2 cup melted butter
1 tbsp. vegetable broth
Preheat Oven to 350F. Combine flour and powdered milk in large mixing bowl. In a separate bowl combine brown sugar, egg, melted butter and vegetable broth. Add wet ingredients to the dry ingredients. Mix well until dough forms. On a floured surface, roll dough into 1/4″ thickness and cut into desired shapes. (Perhaps a dog bone) Pace dog treats on sprayed cookie sheet (1 -2 inches apart). Cook until golden brown. Cool and serve.
Get more recipes for dog treats here.