It’s very common, especially around certain holidays, to wonder if it’s ok to give your dog peppermint. The short answer is yes. But before you fill your doggy bowl up with mints to freshen their breath, let’s take a little more in-depth look at this question to see if there are any health factors to worry about as well as feeding limits or recommendations you should follow.
Is Peppermint Bad for My Dog?
Peppermint is a hybrid plant created by mixing the spearmint plant with the water mint plant. All three plants can be eaten by your dog in small amounts, as can peppermint and spearmint extract. However, the American Kennel Club recommends that you do not use peppermint or other essential oils around your pet as they can be harmful to their health. In some cases, it may be possible to dilute the essential oil to safe levels, but it’s probably better to avoid it.
Too much peppermint extract can lead to an upset stomach for your pet, and any change in diet can upset their delicate digestive system. When the digestive system is off-balance, it’s not uncommon for your pet to experience vomiting, diarrhea, and other problems until it gets back on track.
Peppermint treats can also lead to weight gain and obesity, as can any treat if not given in moderation. We don’t recommend offering your dog peppermint-flavored candies and cookies, these people treat are very high in calories, bad for their teeth, and may contain other ingredients that can be harmful to your pet. One of the biggest concerns is Xylitol, an artificial sweetener found in many candies that can be deadly to your pet if ingested.
Is Peppermint Good for My Dog?
Your dog may enjoy the taste of peppermint, and it can help freshen breath for a time. If your dog is used to eating peppermint, and it is a regular part of its diet, it may help soothe an upset stomach. Peppermint has other beneficial properties as well. Peppermint leaves are high in vitamins A and C. It contains copper, magnesium, phosphorus, zinc, and other important minerals. It’s also high in fiber and loaded with antioxidants.
How Do I Feed Peppermint to My Dog?
The easiest and probably best way to add peppermint to your pet’s diet is by sprinkling a few leaves of fresh or dried peppermint over their food once a day. Start with very small amounts and watch for signs that it may be throwing your dog’s digestive system off balance. Once they are used to the new food, you can increase the amount slightly.
Doggy Mint Treats
Here is a recipe that uses fresh peppermint leaves to create a healthy snack for your pet. This recipe was brought to us by Petcube. These treats provide you with a healthy snack that will help improve your pets breath.
- 2½ cups old fashioned oats
- ½ cup of finely chopped fresh parsley
- ½ cup finely chopped fresh peppermint
- One large egg or ¼ cup unsweetened applesauce
- ¼ cup plus one teaspoon of water
- Three tablespoons of unrefined, extra virgin coconut oil
|Step 1:||Preheat your oven to 325° Fahrenheit|
|Step 2:||Use a blender to pulse blend oats to a flour consistency|
|Step 3:||Mix the parsley, peppermint, egg or applesauce, water, and oil in a large bowl|
|Step 4:||Stir in powdered oats and mix well|
|Step 5:||Knead the dough several times before turning out onto a flour-covered surface|
|Step 6:||Flatten the dough to about ⅛-inch thick using a rolling pin or your hands|
|Step 7:||Use a cookie cutter or knife to cut out 1 x 1-inch treats|
|Step 8:||Place the cookies about ¼-inch apart on a parchment-lined, or non-stick cookie sheet|
|Step 9:||Bake 35-40 minutes, or until golden brown|
|Step 10:||Allow the treats to cool completely before serving|
|Step 11:||Store in an airtight container|
We hope you have enjoyed this quick look into whether you can feed your dog peppermint. Fresh or dried leaves, along with peppermint extract, are perfectly safe if given in moderation and may also lead to fresher breath. It can also help calm an upset stomach, and we believe your dog will love the doggy mint treats we have included the recipe for, and we hope you’ll give them a try. Remember to avoid essential oils around your pet and stick to the doggy treats on the holidays to avoid obesity and other possible health problems from Xylitol, etc.
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