As the temperature rises during the summer months, it’s important to keep our furry friends cool and hydrated. One way to do this is by making delicious homemade treats for them! Not only are they a fun and healthy way to beat the heat, but they can also be a great bonding activity for you and your dog. Here are some easy and tasty DIY summer treats for dogs:
Homemade Doggy Ice Cream- While regular ice cream is not safe for dogs due to its high sugar and fat content, you can make a healthy version at home with just a few simple ingredients. Mix together plain yoghurt, peanut butter, and mashed banana, and freeze the mixture in a container for a few hours. Scoop it out like regular ice cream, and watch your dog enjoy!
Frozen Banana Pops- Bananas are a great source of potassium and fiber for dogs, and they also make a delicious frozen treat. Simply cut up a banana into bite-sized pieces and freeze them on a popsicle stick. You can also dip them in peanut butter or melted carob chips for an added taste.
Watermelon Popsicles- Watermelon is a hydrating and low-calorie fruit that dogs love. Cut up some watermelon into bite-sized pieces and freeze them on a baking sheet for a couple of hours. Once frozen, you can store them in a container in the freezer for a refreshing treat anytime.
Frozen Yoghurt Bites- Yogurt is a great source of protein and probiotics for dogs, and frozen yogurt bites are a refreshing treat for hot summer days. Simply mix plain yogurt with some diced strawberries, blueberries, or other dog-safe fruits, and pour the mixture into ice cube trays. Freeze until solid, and pop them out for a cool and creamy snack.
Apple & Carrot Pupcakes- These mini cupcakes are nutritious and tasty snacks for dogs. Mix together a grated apple, grated carrot, oat flour, and a beaten egg, and spoon the mixture into a muffin tin. Bake at 350°F for 15-20 minutes, and let them cool before serving.
Frozen Chicken Broth Cubes- Chicken broth is a delicious and hydrating treat for dogs, and freezing it into cubes makes for an easy and refreshing snack. Simply pour chicken broth into ice cube trays and freeze until solid. You can also add some diced chicken or vegetables for an extra nutrient boost.
Green Smoothie- Leafy greens are a great source of vitamins and minerals for dogs, and they can be disguised in a yummy smoothie. To make a green machine smoothie, blend together a handful of spinach or kale, a ripe banana, a cup of frozen pineapple, and a cup of coconut water or almond milk. You can also add some grated ginger for a digestion boost.
Watermelon Mint Smoothie- Watermelon is a hydrating and low-calorie fruit that dogs love, and combined with mint, it makes a refreshing summer smoothie. To make a watermelon mint smoothie, blend together a cup of diced watermelon, a handful of fresh mint leaves, and a cup of coconut water or almond milk. You can also add some lime juice or honey for a zesty kick.
All these treats will set your pooch’s tongue lolling and tail wagging! While you can prepare these treats for your fido to beat the summer heat, remember that moderation is the key. Give only 1 to 2 treats to your pup at a time.