We received free bags of Minties breath freshener treats for dogs free from VetIQ in exchange for this review. Most were donated at to local rescue organizations.p>
When I come home, I smile as I see the dogs turn to look to see who’s coming (so they know which bark to pull out) and Rodrigo and Sydney stand up and smile, Rodrigo starts his happy barking, with an occasional whine thrown in by Sydney for melody.
Blue runs to the back of their yard, jumps the fence and comes to greet me. I open the drive side door, he jumps in and I ask him how his day went while he licks my face. That last part has changed – I do a breath sniff check first before I let him near me, because one day he killed a gardener snake.
Gardener Snakes Stink
That day, I learned that when gardener snakes are threatened, they emit a smell through their skin and it smells like decomposition.
Most garter snakes also secrete a foul-smelling fluid from postanal glands when handled or harmed. ~ Wikipedia
It’s awful. Blue jumped into the car and I immediately groaned, because he’d finally broken through the final canine wall and started rolling in dead things (he started lifting his leg the week before). My baby wasn’t a baby anymore.
I smelled him all around the neck, then down his sides – nothing. It was all coming from his mouth.
What did he eat? A mole? A rabbit? Nope – he killed snake.
I tried to warn Johan, but Blue got one lick in before I got the sentence out. Johan sniffed his hand and said “yep, snake.”
Snakes are so beautiful when they’re coiled up and harmless; but I’m still terrified of them. Not only are snakes creepy, they now stink too. And our herding dogs can’t resist a hunt when one goes slithering through the grass. Thank heavens we don’t live in a place with rattlers.
Breath Fresheners for Dogs
We had a few bags of Minties Dental Treats by VetIQ. These bresh freshener treats for dogs arrived after I got over my fear of raw bones and had switched our dogs to a raw food diet. I didn’t think I would get much use out of them and then this day happened. We received several free packages of all sizes; I’m glad I kept the ones for big dogs.
I ran to the cabinet and grabbed three; although Rodrigo and Sydney didn’t kill a snake, they still recognized that something magical was coming out of the treat cabinet and sat politely. Of course they had one too.
They investigated the treats (sorry I don’t have pictures, I was in grossed out mode) and then started chowing down. The bones aren’t huge (Zuke’s has some monsters that keep our dogs occupied for a while and freshen breath / clean the teeth), but they pack a wollup and Blue’s bad breath was gone by the time he finished. Thank heavens.
My Only Concern about Minties by VetIQ
My only gripe about the treats is the color. With everything that I’m learning about dog food and treats, green and red treats make me nervous. I worry about the side effects (short term and long term) of the food dye. The ingredients that may lead to the coloring include mint and parsley and looking at the ingredient list on the VetIQ site doesn’t show any food coloring…
Rice Flour, Vegetable Glycerin, Water, Natural Chicken Flavor, Calcium Carbonate, Lecithin, Garlic, Tricalcium Phosphate, Brewers Dried Yeast, Chlorophyll (Sodium Copper Chlorophyllin), Parsley, Fennel, Dill, Peppermint, Cholecalciferol (Source of Vitamin D3), Mixed Tocopherols (Natural Source of Vitamin E)
That being said, I’m excited that Minties is Made in the US and that the site advises dog parents to monitor their dogs while eating – there have been reports of dogs choking on similar bresh freshener treats for dogs, so we were with our dogs while they ate and there was no hoofing the treat down with our pack.
What do you do about bad breath? And do you deal with snakes?