This past weekend we had a second winter storm come through Missouri so we found ourselves homebound once again. We thought about heading downtown for the Ice Loop Festival but the roads were icy and we opted against risking it. Instead, we stayed home to snuggle the pups and research details for our upcoming travel plans.
My dog Wilkins is a huge snuggler but, as much as I love him, I don’t love the stinky dog breath that comes with him. I have done everything I can do to keep his teeth clean and I do mean everything. I’ve brushed them and wiped them down with gauze pads. We’ve tried doggie mouth wash and he has a ton of toys that promise to clean his teeth and help treat bad breath. They all help a little but nothing has truly made him go from fish breath to fresh breath. I just learned to deal with the little stink monster but these homemade herbal breath mints for dogs have been a total game-changer.
I bought these paw and bone shaped silicone baking molds from Le Dogue on Amazon and they are the cutest things! Some molds I’ve seen are way too large for my dogs but these are
oconut oil safe for dogs?
Yes, coconut oil is safe for your dog but it’s important to show restraint when you first introduce it to your dog. If a dog doesn’t tolerate it or if they have too much you’ll notice loose bowel movements and weight gain. Too much can lead to pancreas issues in some dogs so coconut oil treats should be used as occasional indulgences rather than daily treats, especially if you have a small breed dog like I do.
The benefits of coconut oil for dogs
- It contains anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties which help your dog fight off viruses.
- The medium chain triglycerides in coconut oil aid digestion and can help heal digestive disorders. They are also thought to improve the brain energy and mental function of older dogs.
- Coconut oil helps skin conditions like bites, stings, and dry skin. It also helps improve their coats so they appear glossy and sleek.
These molds are the perfect little size to get your dog started with coconut oil treats. I used coconut oil from Carrington Farms to make these treats and my dogs absolutely loved them. They seemed a little wary of the blueberry and peppermint inside of them which was odd because they’ve eaten blueberry treats before but dogs can be weird. They both ate the blueberries though so in the end it was totally fine.
Coconut Oil and Blueberry Peppermint Breath Mints
- 1 cup coconut oil
- 1/4 cup peppermint chopped
- 20 blueberries
- Melt coconut oil over low heat until liquified. Add chopped peppermint, stir to mix well.
- Place the silicone molds onto a baking sheet for stability. Gently pour 1/2 tsp of coconut oil into the paw molds.
- Add one blueberry to the largest part of the mold. Top with 1 tsp of coconut oil (or enough coconut oil to fill the mold).
- Place the baking sheet in the refrigerator for 45 minutes to 1 hour, until the breath mints are solid.
- Treat your dog to 1 – 2 mints per day, depending on size and weight. Store refrigerated.