We humans like to escape soaring temperatures by relaxing with a frosty treat — so why should things be any different for our pets? Dogs totally appreciate the cooling effect of frozen tasties when it's super-hot and it's not hard to make yummy healthy cooling snacks for your dog!
Dogs enjoy this yummy treat at all times of year! We've got some recipes for frozen treats your dog will go crazy for. As well as the recipes below you can add your dogs favourite treats, perhaps a small sprat or two.
All you need is 1 cup watermelon and 1 cup ice cubes. Blend them together until smooth and then pour the mixture into a safe, freezable toy like a KONG or any of the freezable games in the Beyond the Bowl Blog series.
This recipe can also be used as a ready-to-serve slushie. Simply blend it, and then put it in a bowl or in a KONG to have an immediate thirst quencher for your hound. You can also substitute the watermelon for blueberries or bananas if your dog prefers those instead. Feel free to enjoy this yourself, though you may want to add some sugar to your half if you like things a bit sweeter.
Frozen Peanut Butter Banana Pops
A fantastic recipe from Petplan, this one needs: Three 6-oz. containers of plain, low-fat yogurt, ½ cup of low-sodium peanut butter, one 4-oz. jar of banana baby food (or a small ripe banana), and 1 tablespoon of honey. Blend all ingredients well and pour into small paper cups. Put a dog bone in each one to act as a handle. Freeze and then peel away cup to serve!
Most dogs LOVE carrots so this recipe is a no brainer! Fill an ice cube tray halfway with water. Fill remainder with low-sodium broth (chicken, beef, fish). Put a piece of carrot (baby carrots work great for ice trays!) in each as a handle. Freeze and let your pup enjoy!
Why not cool your pup down while helping dispel doggy breath? Fill ice cube tray ¾ of the way with water. Mix a few peppermint leaves or a couple drops of pure peppermint oil with a sprig of parsley and add to each cube. Freeze. Put a few cubes in your dog’s water.
When it’s really warm, a simple way to cool your dog off (and keep him occupied!) is to just feed him his biscuits frozen. Soak in just enough water (or low-sodium broth!) to cover about half the biscuits. When the biscuits have absorbed most the water, stuff into a KONG or other freezable treat toy and freeze.