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Healthy Pet Treats

Licks from your pet can be sweet. The accompanying odor, however, can turn things sour. While it isn’t always easy to give your pet’s teeth a good scrub, what is easy is to keep a healthy supply of odor depleting biscuits on hand. They are easy to make yourself and will be appreciated as a tasty treat to your pet – and a relief to your proboscis.

To start, there are certain ingredients you should always avoid giving to your pet. This includes grapes, raisins, avocados, mushrooms, and onions. Also never feed your pet chocolate. If for any reason you wish to make pet friendly ‘chocolate’ foods, make such items using carob powder in place of chocolate and cocoa powder.

For now let us focus on the task at hand. You may want to dampen your hands with water before you begin as the following recipe can result in some stickiness. Depending on your tolerance for sticky things (which should be reasonable being an owner of a slobbering, loveable fuzz ball), you may want to powder your hands with a bit of flour. This particular recipe is geared towards dogs, but can be enjoyed by feline offenders as well:

2 cups of whole-wheat flour or brown rice flour
½ cup bran
½ cup *fresh mint
½ cup *fresh parsley
1 egg
½ cup water
¼ cup natural, unsweetened applesauce

*Dried mint or parsley can be substituted for fresh herbs. Just use 1/8 a cup instead of ½ cup.

Preheat oven to 375 degree Fahrenheit, about 190 degrees Celsius. Lightly flour or grease a baking sheet and set aside. In a large bowl, sift together flour and bran. In a separate bowl, beat the egg slightly. Add to the beaten egg the water and applesauce. Then stir into this wet mixture the fresh mint and parsley. Now blend the dry mixture with the wet mixture, adding a little at a time. Mix until well combined. With a spoon or cookie scooper (a melon baller also works), scoop the dough and drop onto the baking sheet. Make the cookies as big or small to accommodate the size of your pet. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes. After cooled, these can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 weeks. If stored in the freezer they can last over 4 months.

In addition to dispersing bad breath, the mint in these cookies is effective for treating indigestion, as it relaxes the muscles surrounding the intestine. Parsley also aids digestion and contains high doses of vitamin A and C, which helps to keep your pet’s vision and skin in good condition.

The next time you detect an acrid, vaporous scent arise from under your pet’s breath, you can keep your hands from shielding your nose and reach for a biscuit instead!

References

Bad breath banisher http://www.bullwrinkle.com/Assets/Recipes/Bad%20Breath%20Banishers.htm

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