We all love a good cold treat in the summer, and so do our pups! However, ice cream for humans contains high levels of sugar and lactose which aren't good for our canine companions. Making homemade frozen treats for your dog can be cost effective and allows your to control the ingredients given to your pet. These treats are simple and easy, fun to make, and of course super tasty for your pooch.
Here are 5 quick and easy recipes for homemade frozen treats for your dog: Just mix all ingredients by hand in a bowl or in a blender, pour into a mold and freeze until solid.
Yogurt can be substituted with coconut or soy yogurt for highly lactose sensitive dogs.
Instead of using wooden sticks for popsicles, try using a crunchy treat that your dog loves, salmon skin rolls, bully stick or a carrot stick for the popsicle stick.
Make sure none of the ingredients you're using contain Xylitol, an artificial sweetener used in many human grade foods. It is HIGHLY toxic to dogs.
Use a silicone jumbo ice cube mold or muffin mold for easy to remove pupsicles. Paper ice cream cups that are wide enough for your dog to stick their snoot in are great for doggy froyo and easy cleanup.
Frozen treats can be messy-we suggest letting your pup enjoy these outside.
PB HONEY APPLE PUPSICLES
Hand mix or blend ingredients together, pour into molds, freeze until solid.
Source: SPCA of Texas
BANANA PEANUT BUTTER PUP CREAM
1 ripe banana
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/4 cup wheat germ
Mash the bananas and peanut butter together, then stir the mixture into the wheat germ. Pour into popsicle molds or ice trays and freeze until solid.
Source: SPCA of Texas
FRUITY PAW FROYO
2 cups frozen fruit like watermelon, cantaloupe, blueberries
1/4 cup of plain non-fat yogurt
Chop fruit into chunks, removing seeds and rinds. Put on a baking sheet and freeze for at least 4 hours till frozen. Blend frozen chunks with 1/4 cup of plain non-fat yogurt per 2 cups of fruit. Pour into molds or paper cups and freeze again till solid.
FROZEN PUMPKIN DOG TREATS
Place all ingredients into a blender, then pour into ice cube trays or muffin tins.
Add kibble or a dog treat into middle of each treat.
Freeze until fully solid.
Source: Staying Close to Home
Combine, pour into molds and freeze till solid.
We hope you try out these amazing, easy recipes to cool your pup off this summer. If you do, don't forget to share a photo and tag us @petsdomainatx on Instagram!