Homemade activated charcoal dog biscuits can help control dog bad breath and odors. With this recipe, you can make your own.
Activated charcoal is a safe, natural way to eliminate toxins from your dog’s system.
One thing to remember is that you MUST use food grade activated charcoal when making dog treats, as charcoal manufactured for swimming pools filters and for filtering chemicals in industry, is NOT safe for animals or people.
These charcoal dog treats have a charcoal gray color that is not terribly appealing to humans. However, dogs do find them appealing–even if they have an upset stomach.
I always keep some of these biscuits on hand, because Skipper occasionally finds something outside, eats it—and ends up with an upset stomach (often with vomiting or diarrhea)!
Even when her stomach is upset, she will eat the activated charcoal dog treats.
How do they work? They rush the toxins through her system, and soothe her stomach at the same time. Before long, she is feeling better and showing signs of being more frisky and energetic.
Too busy to bake? You can buy charcoal biscuits at Amazon. and enjoy free shipping if you spend $35 or more or you are a subscriber to Amazon Prime.
Benefits of Activated Charcoal for your Dog
Here’s the story on activated charcoal. The charcoal powder goes through a special process when it is being manufactured, so that it will absorb a large capacity of liquids.
It has been used for over a hundred years to treat poisonings in people. For years, that was its main purpose for being used.
More recently, however, farmers have started to use activated charcoal as a regular feed additive for their livestock.
And veterinarians worldwide routinely prescribe activated charcoal powder to eliminate animal odors.Getting rid of canine bad breath or odors from canine flatulence, is one benefit of making your own charcoal dog treats for your dog.
However, Activated Charcoal Powder does even more!
- Activated charcoal lowers LDL (bad cholesterol) by up to 41%
- Increases the HDL (good cholesterol)
- Helps prevent heart disease in dogs
I don’t recommend using activated charcoal as a home remedy for accidental poisoning, because poisoning is serious enough, that your pet needs to see a veterinarian.
However, activated charcoal is effective for other less serious conditions and it can be used at home for those.
The Big Test: Does Charcoal Beat Dog Breath?
Using the knowledge that activated charcoal is safe and effective for eliminating pet odors, I developed a dog biscuit recipe that can be used for bad breath in dogs.
In addition to the charcoal, the recipe includes parsley and peppermint–two other herbs known for their breath freshening effects.
After developing the recipe, the next step was to test the effectiveness of the dog breath biscuits.
Tasting the dog treats was one thing. But, my best test was when Skipper, our miniature schnauzer puppy, found some garbage and tasted it. She smelled positively awful!
We gave her a couple of Breath Tamers and her breath was puppy-fresh again immediately!
They must have settled her stomach and moved everything through her system also, because, luckily, she didn’t vomit the disgusting garbage!
Try making some of these Breath Tamers charcoal dog biscuits for your dog and see how nice it is to be close to your pet again! Trust me–you’ll be glad you did!
Ready-made activated charcoal dog biscuits can be hard to find, but you can purchase Annie’s Charcoal Dog Biscuit Treats, a popular brand that qualifies for free shipping, at Amazon.
Ingredients for Breath Tamers Charcoal Dog Biscuits
- 1 1/4 cups water
- 2 Tablespoons vegetable oil or olive oil
- 2 tablespoons Organic Peppermint Leaves
- 1 cup unbleached flour
- 2 cups whole wheat flour
- 1/2 cup cornmeal
- 1 1/2 teaspoons dry baking yeast
- 2 tablespoons dried parsley flakes
- 2 tablespoons food grade activated charcoal
- Place all the ingredients in your bread maker in the order suggested by the manufacturer.
- Set the bread maker for the dough cycle.
- When the dough is finished, remove it and divide it into 3 portions.
- Roll each portion into a sheet that measures ¼” thick.
- Cut the cookies, using a 1” cookie cutter. You can see the shape that I used in the photo above.
- Let the charcoal dog biscuits rise for 45-60 minutes.
- Bake the biscuits at 275 degrees F for about 50-60 minutes.
- Turn off the oven and let the dog treats continue to dry for several hours or overnight. They will be hard and crisp when done.
These Breath Tamers dog treats can be stored at room temperature in an airtight container and they will keep nicely for a few months.
Attend to your dog’s dental care and keep these charcoal dog biscuits on hand for those occasional dog bad breath moments that we all experience. You will be glad that you have some when the need arises!