It’s hot outside! And if you’re sweating in your tank top and flip flops, think about how hot it is for our four-legged furry friends. So we’re sharing our favorite cool treats for the dog days of summer, pun intended.
Easy Frozen Treats
Ice cream on a hot summer day? Yes, please! Our pets may love to indulge in a cone topped with mint chocolate chip, but human ice cream is not exactly ideal for our canine friends. Fortunately there are super simple (and healthy) ways to give your dog a frozen treat, like:
Frosty Fruit and Yogurt Pops
Combine plain, non-sweetened yogurt and fresh fruit (blueberries, bananas, strawberries) and drop into a freezer mold and freeze for 3-4 hours, or until frozen. You can blend together or leave the fruit whole as an added surprise.
Peanut Butter and Banana Yogurt Pops
Mash 1 ripe banana, then combine with 1 tablespoon of peanut butter and 1 cup of plain yogurt. Pour into a freezer mold and freeze for 3-4 hours, or until frozen.
Better Broth Ice Cubes
Freezing broth will provide a cool treat, with added protein and a taste dogs love. Simply pour broth of choice into freezer mold and freeze for 3-4 hours, or until frozen.
Simple Frozen Treats
If you want to skip the mixing, you can also freeze your dog’s favorite treats, including biscuits and a Kong filled with peanut butter. Chilled carrots and frozen bone marrow bones also make for the perfect summer canine delight.
Dogs Can Veg Out, Too
Most of the fruits and veggies we enjoy are great for our pets, too. Here are a few favorites that make for a tasty, cool treat during the hot summer months. As always, these treats are meant as treats and should only supplement your pet’s diet. (Always avoid grapes, raisins, tomatoes, onions and uncooked potatoes.)
- Apples are an easy snack that you can share with your pet. Sweet and crunchy, apples are a tasty treat that is also good for your dog’s teeth. Just make sure to remove the seeds and core.
- Bananas are soft and sweet, and make a delicious additive when making frozen pops like those listed above.
- Watermelon is 92 percent water, so it’s a great way to treat your dog to added hydration after outdoor play or a long hike.
- Strawberries are high in fiber and also contain an enzyme that can help whiten your dog’s teeth.
- Blueberries are rich in antioxidants, which are good for humans and canines alike. These bite-sized morsels are a great treat to catch, and a fantastic alternative to larger store-bought treats.
- Carrots are high in beta-carotene and excellent for canine teeth.
- Pineapple can be given in small quantities. It contains bromelain, which is an enzyme that helps dogs absorb protein.
- Cucumbers are a great low-calorie treat for those canines who are watching their weight.
- Celery is loaded with vitamins A, B and C, and has been known to freshen doggie breath.
- Raspberries are known to support a healthy inflammatory response and are a great treat in moderation (less than 1 cup per day).
- Mango is packed with A, B6, C and E, as well as potassium, beta-carotene and alpha-carotene.