GO!

How can I make a breath freshener biscuit?

This is the place to share your best homemade dog food and treat recipes with each other! Remember to use caution if your pet has allergies and to make any diet changes gradually so that your dog's stomach can adjust to the new foods you are introducing.

  
Dr. Watson

Not a wiener- dawg!
 
 
Barked: Thu Mar 5, '09 2:39pm PST 
This is my first post here, so if I do something wrong forgive me, please!

I would love to make some sort of breath freshener biscuit or tasty treat for my pups! smile Their teeth are good, so that is not the problem. Just general doggy breath...ugh! ;( I cannot feed raw meaty bones as Dr. Watson the Bone Sheriff hides them too well & they get too old to be safe. (We already have problems with him finding them from the neighbor's BARF-fed dog!) shock
I realize I can't really replicate their favorite Zuke's edible dental chew bones (which are expensive), so I'd like to add some other treat.
They eat California Naturals Lamb & Rice 2X day with cooked meat once a day. Their high-value treats are Happy Hips dehydrated chicken or duck strips, so I don't need a lot of calories, just something tasty. big grin

I'd like to avoid corn, soy, wheat.
Ingredients in Zukes 'original fresh breath': Potato starch, veg. glycerin, cellulose fiber, alfalfa conc. (for nat. chlorophyll), nat. flavor (who knows, huh?), lecithin, whey, vanilla extract, clove powder, parsley powder, nutmeg powder, fennel seed powder.
"Carrot fresh breath": also beta carotene
"Cranberry Fresh Breath": also cranberries & carmine

Thanks so much!
wave
[notify]
Dr. Watson

Not a wiener- dawg!
 
 
Barked: Thu Mar 5, '09 3:31pm PST 
I should add a few things:

Dogs are lean, so calories not really a problem.
They love vanilla flavor.
I live in VT & have access to a good range of natural and/or organic ingredients except organic cranberries, which I think are out of season. But I can get other berries in season.
Could I use potato flour, potato starch, or rice flour & maybe some mashed sweet potato?
I'm not sure that nutmeg is so great for dogs. A little would be fine, I guess, but in high doses it does strange & bad things to humans.
I expect the alcohol would cook off from vanilla extract, but I do have vanilla powder. Also, if I were organized, I could stick a vanilla bean in the potato flour or what-not.
I think mint might be a good thing to add, too.
I think I would go for chlorophyll extract, as I don't know if dogs can extract chlorophyll from alfalfa & I don't think I can get alfalfa concentrate. Of course, I could grind alfalfa pellets, I guess.

Well, sorry I've barked on so long -- you see, I've never baked a biscuit before! shock
[notify]