Some weeks ago we talked about how you can help your dog to stay cool during summer time (you can find the article here). When you are feeling warm, your dog is most likely feeling the same, so as you reach for the fridge or the freezer for some cold drinks or food, having something you can give to your dog as well makes it for a extra special treat. Here we have for you our favourite recipes that are safe to try for your dog.
1. Frozen chicken or beef broth. Dogs love to chew on ice cubes, so why not give them some flavoured ones! You only need to freeze some low sodium broth in ice trays and you will have a easy, cool and flavorsome dog treat.
2. Peanut butter and strawberries freezies. Dogs love peanut butter, there is no doubt about it, and these freezies combine it with strawberries, another crowd favourite. Blend some strawberries with water, pour into an ice tray and spread it with peanut butter before giving it to your dog.
3. Frozen banana treats. This potassium rich treat will help your dog recover her energies after a long day of running and playing around. For a tray of 16 frozen delicious treats, just blend together 4 cups of plain yogurt, 2 tablespoon of peanut butter, 3 peeled ripe bananas and freeze.
4. Frozen pumpkin treats. Pumpkin is very good for your pooch digestive tract and it is easily available all year round. Blend some with a cup of yogurt, a teaspoon of honey and a banana, spoon it into ice trays and enjoy your dog loving it.
5. Watermelon summer pops. These delicious, summery and easy to make treats only need you to puree some watermelon with some honey and some coconut milk (or water) and freeze.
6. Frozen cheeseburger treats. Perfect for when you have leftovers from all the barbecues you will most definitely be having this summer. Put the cooked ground beef (or leftover burgers) in the ice trays, add some grated cheese and some low sodium broth and froze.
As all the recipes involve the use of an ice tray, you might want to consider using one specifically for dog treats, a different color or shape than the ones you usually use for you, no one likes to have broth in their drinks. Also, as always when giving food that is not specifically made for dogs, be careful that the ingredients you are using are not dangerous for your dog. For example, some peanut butter brands might use xylitol as a sweetener which is highly poisonous for dogs. Finally, treats are treats and should not make up for a balanced meal.
Mad Paws Pty Ltd