Frozen Dog Breath Mints DIY

Frozen Dog Breath Mints DIY

Freshen your furry friends’ breath from the inside out!

These yummy frozen dog breath mints contain parsley, mint, and chlorophyll to help combat and prevent bad breath.

Frozen Dog Breath Mint Treats

When your canine companion suffers from dog breath, you suffer from dog breath, am I right?? With a few natural ingredients, you can make your furry friend a yummy and cooling treat that will help!

Chlorophyll helps to improve digestion, which is often the cause of bad breath, even for dogs with healthy teeth and gums. While the parsley and mint are refreshing by themselves, they also contain chlorophyll. The extra boost from the capsules makes this treat an excellent solution for keeping those doggie kisses free from funk.

Frozen Dog Breath Mint Treats

Frozen Dog Breath Mints

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Freshen your furry friends’ breath from the inside out! These yummy frozen treats contain parsley, mint, and chlorophyll to help combat and prevent bad breath.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Freeze 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 10 minutes
Course Everyday Treats, Wellness Treats
Cuisine Dog Treats
Servings 22 treats (approx.)

Equipment/Supplies

  • Silicone molds or ice cube trays

Ingredients
  

  • 1/2 cup bone broth unsalted and unseasoned (or water)
  • 1/2 cup mint, fresh (or 2.5 tablespoons dried)
  • 1/2 cup parsley, fresh (or 2.5 tablespoons dried)
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil
  • 1/3 cup Greek yogurt (use plant-based yogurt to make vegan)
  • 2 capsules chlorophyll 100mg
  • 2 tablespoons almond butter natural
  • 2 tablespoons honey optional

Instructions
 

  • Place ice cube trays or molds onto cookie sheet for stability and transport.
  • Add all ingredients to a blender and pulse until smooth.
  • Evenly distribute the mixture into your molds.
  • Freeze until hard set, about 3-4 hours.

Notes

Shelf-life & Storage

Keep stored in an airtight container in the freezer. These will keep for months.
IMPORTANT: These treats are not meant to take the place of veterinary care. Chronic bad breath can be a sign of serious health issues. Please see your vet long before your dog’s breath gets really bad.
Keyword Frozen, No-bake, pet wellness
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Dog Treat Mix Gift Jar

Dog Treat Mix Gift Jar

This easy DIY dog lover gift is perfect for holiday and birthday gift-giving.

Giving a homemade dog treat mix gift jar is a great way to show your family and friends that you also care about their furry companion. And don’t worry! The recipe is so simple that even someone who claims they can’t cook can make these treats.

Dog Treat Mix Gift Jar

Four Simple Ingredients

Minimal ingredients are ideal for any pet treat. Fewer ingredients reduce the chances of allergic reactions, plus being made at home adds that special ingredient no creature is allergic to and that just can’t be quantified: love.

This peanut & apple dog treat mix recipe has only four ingredients, including crushed peanuts, for that yummy peanut butter flavor. All the dog lover needs to add to bake up flavorful treats is some unsweetened applesauce.

Easily Customizable

The recipe can be tailored to fit different taste buds or dietary restrictions.

If Fido can’t have peanuts, replace them with dehydrated apples, freeze-dried strawberries, or other thoroughly dried, crispy fruit. It’ll just need to be chopped up finely when adding to the treat mix.

If you don’t have any unsalted peanuts at home, but you have peanut butter powder, you can swap with that.

If oats are off the list, replace them with whole wheat or buckwheat flour.

Just keep in mind that the liquid needed to bring the dough together might need to be increased or decreased depending on what was changed or added.

What You Need

Gather the ingredients for the peanut & apple dog treat mix along with the following supplies:

  • Mason jar or small treat jar. The container can serve as the cookie jar once the treats are made!
  • Index card for the details and baking instructions. 
  • Twine to tie the recipe card/tag to the jar.
  • Hole punch to make the hole in the card or tag.

Assembling the Dog Treat Gift Jar

  • Gently layer the ingredients one at a time into the jar, starting with the oat flour or the ingredient you have the most of.
  • Seal the jar and affix the tag. You can either write your own or use the one we created for this recipe (below).

This dog treat gift jar recipe is simple yet versatile. It can make cut-out cookies or hand-rolled nuggets.

Gift Tag Details

You can either write these details on your own index card/gift tag, or print out the one we created for this recipe (below).

What You’ll Need

  • ½ cup applesauce, unsweetened
  • 2 tablespoons water

Directions for Baking

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Line cookie sheet with parchment paper or silicone baking mat.
  2. In medium bowl, empty contents of jar.
  3. Add wet ingredients and combine until dough comes together.
  4. If you’re making cut-outs:
    • Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and let sit for 2-3 minutes
    • Roll dough to ¼-inch thick
  5. If rolling by hand:
    • Roll into balls and flatten using a fork
  6. Place on lined cookie sheet.
  7. Bake 25-35 minutes or until treats look very dry. (Note: For softer treats, bake for less time.)
  8. Transfer to wire rack and cool completely.

Shelf-life & Storage

Crunchy: Keep stored in an airtight container in a cool, dry place. These treats will last 3-4 weeks. Refrigerate for longer shelf-life.

Soft: Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator. These can also be frozen for up to 3 months.

Click on the image below to open the gift tag and print it. (NOTE: This tag doesn’t include the Shelf-life & Storage details, but you can write them on the back if you wish.

Dog Treat Mix Gift Jar Tag
Dog Treat Mix Gift Jar

Dog Treat Mix Gift Jar

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Giving a homemade dog treat mix gift jar is a great way to show your family and friends that you also care about their furry companion. And don’t worry! The recipe is so simple, even someone who claims they can’t cook can make these treats.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Assembly 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Course Crafts, Special Occasions
Cuisine Dog Treats
Servings 42 2" treats

Equipment/Supplies

  • 1 Mason jar or small treat jar
  • Index card for recipe (or use our printable tag)
  • Twine
  • Hole punch
  • 1 Cookie cutter (optional)

Ingredients
  

Ingredients for the Gift Jar

  • 1.5 cups oat flour
  • 1/4 cup peanuts (unsalted), crushed
  • 1/4 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon optional

Instructions
 

Gift Jar Instructions

  • Layer the dry ingredients into the jar and seal it.
  • Write the recipe details (Ingredients, What You’ll Need, Directions for Baking, and Storage) onto an index card or print out our tag.
  • Punch a hole in the recipe index card/tag and affix to the jar with twine, along with the cookie cutter, if using.

Notes

Shelf-life & Storage

  • Crunchy: Keep stored in an airtight container in a cool, dry place. These treats will last 3-4 weeks. Refrigerate for longer shelf-life.
  • Soft: Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator. These can also be frozen for up to 3 months.
Keyword Christmas, dog birthday, dog gift, holiday
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Natural Hot Spot Spray for Pets

Natural Hot Spot Spray for Pets

Give your itchy dog or cat relief with this homemade hot spot spray.

Hot spots are a common skin problem for dogs and cats. These sores can be very irritating and painful, causing your pet to lick, scratch, and nibble the area constantly, worsening the hot spot. As a pet parent, you hate seeing them stressed and uncomfortable and want to alleviate the problem immediately. While taking them to the veterinarian is recommended, many at-home treatments you can try might save you a visit.

Hot spot spray for paw irritations

What Are Hot Spots?

Hot spots are superficial skin irritations of bacteria overgrowth. Also known as moist dermatitis or pyotraumatic dermatitis, these lesions of infected skin are often inflamed (red and swollen), oozing, and foul-smelling, causing your pet a great deal of discomfort.

What Causes Hot Spots?

Hot spots occur for various reasons, a few being from an insect bite, stress or anxiety that causes excessive chewing, licking, or scratching, poor hygiene, and food or seasonal allergies.

The irritation may start small, from an insect bite or a bur caught in their fur, but it can quickly get infected and become a problem. Your pet’s constant attention to that spot only worsens it, which could lead to a larger infection.

Can Hot Spots Be Prevented?

Depending on the cause of the irritation, hot spots could be prevented by diet changes if they are food-related or allergy medication if they’re seasonal.

Good nutrition and supplements can help improve overall skin and coat health, which could prevent certain hot spots from developing.

Proper grooming, especially of long-haired or thicker-coated pets, can help disinfect the skin, remove mats, bring air and dryness to moist areas of the body, and remove any inciting factors that could be caught in their fur.

Increasing their activity and exercise are great options if your pet licks out of boredom or anxiety. Burning off that excess energy or allowing them to relieve their stress with play or extra attention could be the answer.

However, if your pet gets hot spots regularly or none of your treatments and preventatives have worked, there could be an underlying, more serious cause. Veterinarian care is required to identify the issue and alleviate the problem.

How To Treat Hot Spots at Home

Bacteria grows in moist areas, so allowing the infected area to dry out is essential. To help speed healing, carefully trim or shave the hair around your pet’s irritation. Be very careful when shaving your pet. Enlist the aid of a vet or professional groomer if you’re not comfortable shaving them at home.

They should also be refrained from getting to the spot, so wearing the “cone of shame” may be necessary.

Clean the hot spot area with a mild antiseptic solution, sterile saline, or a diluted mixture of apple cider vinegar and distilled water. If using apple cider vinegar, start with a dilution of 70% water and 30% vinegar, as it will sting the inflamed area. However, do not use apple cider vinegar of any dilution on an open wound.

Topical treatments can be quite effective for relief and healing of hot spots. At Broomstick Pet Treats LLC, we developed a spray safe for both dogs and cats. As a bonus, we discovered during human testing that it worked great on our minor skin irritations and contact dermatitis. Our hot spot spray worked so well that we wanted to share the recipe!

Hot spot spray for skin irritations

About The Ingredients In Our Hot Spot Spray

You may not be familiar with some of these ingredients, so here’s a little about them and why we chose them for our hot spot spray.

  • Witch hazel, a.k.a. Hamamelis virginiana, is a small, yellow-flowered North American shrub. The liquid, creatively dubbed witch hazel, is derived from distilling the plant’s dried leaves, bark, and twigs. It’s widely used as an astringent.
  • Colloidal silver is a liquid suspension of minute particles of silver. Silver has been used for centuries as an antibacterial agent. It’s a natural antibiotic–killing bacteria, viruses, and fungi.
  • Aloe vera is a succulent plant. The thick leaves’ inner fillet, or meat, helps relieve the pain of burns and heal wounds, infections, and other skin irritations.
  • Hemp seed oil is derived from the seeds of the hemp plant but has no cannabinoids or cannabis sativa; therefore, it does not contain CBD. (That’s hemp oil, which isn’t the same as hemp seed oil.) While it abounds with internal uses to promote healthy skin and coat, we use it in this spray to help soothe the inflamed area.
  • Neem seed oil is extracted from the seed kernels of the neem tree. The oil is a natural anti-fungal, antibacterial, antiviral, antioxidant, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, and insect repellant. It’s thick with a pungent odor, but don’t let the smell put you off of this very useful treatment.
  • Frankincense essential oil comes from the resin of the Boswellia tree. In addition to its soothing aroma, we use it in this spray to help reduce inflammation.
  • Lavender essential oil is derived from the buds of the lavender plant. We use it in our hot spot spray for the same reasons as the frankincense oil. Plus, these two oils help offset the pungent aroma of the neem seed oil.

All-Natural Hot Spot Spray for Pets

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This powerful, homemade hot spot spray has been formulated to not only kill bacteria, viruses, and fungi but also soothe and moisturize. Use liberally to quickly relieve the redness and itching caused by allergies, hot spots, rashes, bug bites, fungal infections, dry patches, and more. Allow the area to dry between applications.
Works on both cats and dogs… and people!
Total Time 6 minutes
Course Skin Care
Cuisine Non-Edible

Equipment/Supplies

  • 8oz spray bottle

Ingredients
  

  • 4 tablespoons witch hazel
  • 3 tablespoons colloidal silver
  • 2 tablespoons aloe vera gel inner fillet
  • 1 tablespoons hemp seed oil
  • 2 teaspoons neem seed oil
  • 8 drops frankincense essential oil
  • 8 drops lavender essential oil
  • Distilled water

Instructions
 

  • Combine first seven ingredients in an 8-ounce spray bottle.
  • Top off with distilled water.
  • Seal and shake vigorously to combine.

Notes

To Use

Safe for both dogs and cats. Before each use, shake bottle. Spray liberally onto affected area, avoiding eyes and snout. Repeat as necessary. Gentle enough to use several times daily. (This spray has also been proven very effective on humans!)
IMPORTANT: If your pet’s hot spot persists or spreads, please contact your veterinarian.

Shelf-life & Storage

Store in an airtight container and use within 6 months. Keep away from extreme heat and sunlight.
Keyword hot spot, pet skin care, pet wellness
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How To Build a Charcuterie Board For Your Dog

How To Build a Charcuterie Board For Your Dog

Charcuterie boards are all the rage. So, what do hardcore dog lovers do? BARKuterie boards, of course!

Charcuterie boards, a feast for the eyes and tastebuds, are such an enjoyable food experience. But while you’re having fun with your grazing platter, some four-legged family members are wishing they could join the festivities.

Let your loyal companion in on the fun with a barkuterie board! The best part? You probably already have everything you need in your refrigerator or pantry. I’ve also included two easy, no-bake treat recipes that’ll earn you lots of licks–on and off the board.

BARKuterie board for dogs

Be as creative as you’d like! Just keep in mind what Fido can’t have.

Some popular items featured in charcuterie boards aren’t safe for your dog. Here’s a short list of forbidden foods:

  • Grapes
  • Raisins
  • Olives
  • Deli meats (because of the high level of sodium and other preservatives that could be harmful or upset your pet’s stomach)
  • Walnuts, macadamia nuts, or brazil nuts
  • Anything chocolate or chocolate covered

While almonds and peanuts aren’t toxic, they could pose a choking hazard to some. If you include these, make sure they’re unsalted.

Use your best judgment when choosing items, and always be sure to check before adding anything you’re unsure of.

Choosing The Treats For Your Barkuterie Board

When deciding on which foods for your furbaby’s charcuterie board, remember you don’t need large amounts of any because you’ll want to offer a variety. Aim for a balance of protein, fruits, and just-for-fun goodies. Here are some suggestions for your platter:

  • Apples
  • Bananas (peeled)
  • Blackberries
  • Blueberries
  • Broccoli
  • Carrot sticks
  • Cauliflower
  • Cheese
  • Cooked chicken (without bones)
  • Cucumber
  • Dehydrated fruit slices (unsweetened)
  • Dehydrated sweet potatoes
  • Dog treats
  • Dried meats or fish (unseasoned)
  • Green beans
  • Hard-boiled eggs
  • Mango
  • Peanut butter
  • Pineapple
  • Popcorn
  • Raspberries
  • Raw marrow bones
  • Strawberries
  • Watermelon
  • Yogurt with a honey drizzle

You can use tiny sprigs of herbs to enhance the look of the board. Even though Fluffy doesn’t care how it looks, you certainly do! Photos must be taken, right? The following are dog-friendly:

  • Basil
  • Chamomile
  • Cilantro
  • Oregano
  • Parsley
  • Peppermint
  • Rosemary

Building Your Barkuterie Board

Start by placing the larger or special items around the board. The goodies in the photo below are the two recipes included at the end of this article: Applelicious Gummies and Blueberry & Banana Truffles.

Dog Charcuterie Board

Arrange collections of medium-sized foods, such as chucks of chicken and vegetables, in different areas. (That’s purple cauliflower if you’re wondering!)

Dog Charcuterie Board

If you put peanut butter or yogurt in a ramekin, you might need to hold it for Fido. We suggest something a little more fun: pipe the creamy stuff! You can get creative with decorating the board.

Have a cookie cutter? Use it on slices of cheese for added cuteness.

Then fill the spaces in between with smaller items. Use your fancy peanut butter or yogurt design to hold some goodies in place.

After adding a few sprigs of herbs, voila! Your barkuterie board is ready for Fluffy and Fido–and Instagram! Isn’t it gorgeous!?

How To Create a Barkuterie Board
How To Create a Barkuterie Board
How To Create a Barkuterie Board

As with anything, moderation is key.

A barkuterie board is a fun treat for a special occasion, but it shouldn’t take the place of your dog’s daily nutritious meal. 

Bone appétit!

Appleicious Gummies for Dog Charcuterie Board

Applelicious Gummies

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These jigglies are both healthy and nutritious. Your pups are getting the benefits of collagen from gelatin, a vital component for healthy skin, hair, and nails, and apple, an excellent source of vitamins and minerals. 
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 3 hours
Course Everyday Treats
Cuisine Dog Treats
Servings 25 1.25” molds

Equipment/Supplies

  • Silicone molds (small cavity - bones, paws, hearts, stars, etc.)

Ingredients
  

  • ¾ cup apple juice unsweetened
  • 2 packets gelatin unflavored (This is NOT Jell-o!)
  • ¼ cup applesauce unsweetened
  • Sprinkle cinnamon optional
  • Sprinkle ginger optional

Instructions
 

  • Pour apple juice into small saucepan. Sprinkle gelatin over juice and let sit for 4-5 minutes.
  • Over low heat, gently stir continuously until gelatin is completely dissolved.
  • Remove from heat. Add applesauce and spices. Stir to combine.
  • Slowly fill each cavity in molds.
  • Refrigerate for several hours until firm.

Notes

Shelf-life & Storage
Keep stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. Do not freeze.
Keyword Gluten-free, Grain-free, No-bake, Soft
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Blueberry Banana Truffles for Dog Charcuterie Board

Blueberry & Banana “Ruff”les (Truffles)

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These little morsels of goodness are like a truffle, but since they're for doggos, I call them ruffles. Ha! Get it? “Ruff”les? 😅
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 3 hours
Course Special Occasions
Cuisine Dog Treats

Equipment/Supplies

  • Mini chopper or food processor

Ingredients
  

  • cup coconut flour
  • 1 banana very ripe
  • cup blueberries fresh or thawed from frozen
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil warmed to liquid
  • tablespoons flax ground
  • Unsweetened coconut flakes for coating optional

Instructions
 

  • In mini-chopper, purée banana and blueberries.
  • In small bowl, mix fruit puree with flax, coconut oil, and coconut flour until thoroughly combined.
  • Roll into bite-sized balls.
  • Coat balls with coconut flakes or leave plain, or do both!
  • Cover with plastic wrap or put in an air-tight container, and refrigerate for several hours until firm.

Notes

Shelf-life & Storage
Keep stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 1 week. Freeze for up to 3 months. If your pup doesn’t have teeth issues, there’s no reason you can’t give him a frozen treat.
Keyword Gluten-free, Grain-free, No-bake, Soft, Vegan
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Bedtime Biscuits

Bedtime Biscuits

Four simple ingredients can help your dog get to sleep faster and have a better night’s rest.

Dogs get worked up and overly excited just like we do! Play dates, grandma coming to visit (who provides extra spoiling), or a vigorous encounter with a taunting squirrel in the backyard can get them all riled up right before bedtime. That’s when they’ll need a little help relaxing so they can drift off to a peaceful sleep. When burning off their excess energy doesn’t do the trick, give our bedtime biscuits a try.

Bedtime Dog Treats for Calming

Natural Ingredients To Help Dogs Relax

The ingredients for our bedtime dog treats aren’t exotic, and you might already have them in your pantry. 

  • Chamomile is an herb with little white, daisy-like flowers and a yellow center. Humans have used chamomile for its anti-anxiety effects, mild sedative properties, and as a digestive aid for thousands of years, going back to ancient Rome, Greece, and Egypt. The herb has the same comforting effects on dogs.
  • Pumpkin seeds are, you guessed it, seeds from the pumpkin. Also known as pepitas, they contain L-tryptophan and glutamate, which are used by the body to make serotonin and melatonin. Those are two key components the body uses to promote calmness and help induce sleep.
  • Oats have a calming effect on the nervous system, as well as anti-inflammatory and skin-soothing properties. (TIP: Oats are naturally gluten-free, but they’re often processed in the same plant and in the same machinery as gluten grains, so if you must have the GF variety, look for that indicator on the package.)

Combining these three ingredients with some delicious applesauce or a freshly pureed apple will give you tasty little bedtime dog treats that can be baked crunchy or soft.

Bedtime Biscuits Calming Dog Treat

Bedtime Biscuits

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Four simple ingredients can help your furbaby get to sleep faster and have a better night’s rest. Bake these nuggets to be crunchy or soft.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Course Wellness Treats
Cuisine Dog Treats
Servings 34 1.25” rounds

Equipment/Supplies

  • Mini-chopper

Ingredients
  

  • 1 1/2 cup oat flour
  • 1/2 cup applesauce unsweetened
  • 4 tbsp pumpkin seeds raw and unsalted
  • 2 each chamomile tea bags

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Line cookie sheet with parchment paper or non-stick baking mat.
  • Pulse pumpkin seeds in mini-chopper until finely ground.
  • In a medium bowl, add ground seeds and remaining ingredients. Mix well.
  • Roll into balls. The dough may be a little sticky at first, but as you work, it will stiffen. Oat flour soaks up liquid like a sponge.
  • Flatten balls using your palm and place on lined cookie sheet. Press with fork to further flatten.
  • Bake for 25-30 minutes or until firm to touch, and bottoms are browned. For softer treats, bake for less time.
  • Transfer onto a wire rack and let cool completely.

Notes

Feeding Instructions

Depending on your dog’s weight and activity level, give 1-4 treats 30 minutes before bedtime. Begin with a smaller serving to gauge your dog’s sensitivity to the ingredients, then gradually increase to the suggested daily amount if needed.

Shelf-life & Storage

Crunchy – Keep stored in an airtight container in a cool, dry place. These treats will last 4-6 weeks. Refrigerate for longer shelf-life.
Soft – Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator. These can also be frozen for up to 3 months. If your pooch doesn’t have teeth issues, there’s no reason you can’t give her a frozen biscuit.
Keyword Crunchy, Gluten-free, Soft, Vegan
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