A cool frozen treat is a delicious way to beat the summer heat. But people aren’t the only ones sweltering in the summer weather. Your best pup pals are feeling the warm weather, too. But you can craft easy, cooling, and nourishing ‘pupsicles’ for your dogs with simple ingredients. Here are five frozen treats that will keep your pup cool this summer.
The Bacon-carrot Non-dairy Treat
Some dogs are sensitive to dairy, but they can still get creamy, cool goodness on the hottest days. Blend six sliced frozen bananas and three tablespoons of peanut butter for the ‘ice cream’ base. Cook a few slices of bacon for these treats, or fry up the whole package for the family and save a few pieces for your doggo. Then, chop the bacon into bits, and shred about half a cup of carrots. If the creamy base is too thick for the blender, add a little liquid to make it smooth. Finally, mix everything and put it into molds to freeze.
Frozen Chicken Bites
A three-ingredient treat means you can whip this up anytime. First, mix peanut butter and parsley. Grab a silicone treat mold, and pour in some chicken stock. Let the first layer freeze, then pour in the peanut butter mixture. If the peanut butter is thick, pop it in the microwave to warm it and help it flow better. Then freeze your treats and pop out as needed for your pup.
Simple Watermelon Treats
For a sweet change, you can blend watermelon and coconut milk and freeze. Pour the mix into bone-shaped molds for fun, or use whatever you have on hand for these pretty, cool treats.
To make this nutritious snack, chop apples into chunks. Then mix unsalted chicken broth and water. If you want to make these treats truly from scratch, simmer a whole chicken carcass in water for at least 90 minutes. After you discard the bones, you’ll have a fresh broth. Pour the broth and water mixture into small paper cups or popsicle molds, and add chunks of apple. If you want to add a stick, use rawhide sticks.
Keep your pup cool and healthy with banana-pumpkin bites. Make sure you use pumpkin puree and not pumpkin pie filling. Blend the pumpkin with a cup of plain, non-fat yogurt, a teaspoon of honey, and a ripe banana. You’ll get a smooth-textured blend that you can scoop into any mold you like.
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Frozen Dog Treat Tips
To make sure these easy treats are healthy, keep the following tips in mind:
- Don’t use wooden popsicle sticks that can easily splinter in your dog’s mouth
- Use favorite treat bones, rawhide sticks, or silicone chew toys, but they aren’t necessary
- Avoid using ingredients your dog is sensitive or allergic to
- Don’t add in toxic ingredients like chocolate or grapes
- Don’t worry if it isn’t sweet; too much sugar is not good for your pup
Try one of these recipes today. Your dog will love it!
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