The dog days of summer are here so there’s no better time to make your pup a refreshing cold treat than now. As the temperatures rise, so does their need to keep cool. Your dog will love these cold and healthy treatos, created just for the hottest days of the year.
Tip before starting-for all these recipes, an ice cube tray can be used. If your dog is a gulper, its suggested you get an appropriate sized dog treat mold to keep them from swallowing the treats whole.
1. Hide and Seeks (dairy free treats)
These treats are perfect for pups who love ice cubes and can be made with any pet safe liquid your dog enjoys. All you need is an ice cube tray, liquid, and some treats, such as freeze-dried food, fruit, vegetables, or bite sized dog treats.
• Salt free bone broth of any flavor
• Bite sized treat such as a blueberry, frozen pea, small dog treat, etc.
Fill the bottom of the ice cube tray half way with a salt free liquid of your choice and freeze. Once frozen, place a treat on each half cube. Cover with liquid and refreeze.
2. Melon Frozen Yogurt Cubes
Most dogs love watermelon and cantaloupe so these treats are sure to be a great choice for dogs that can digest dairy. All you need is some fresh melon and Greek or lactose free yogurt. When buying yogurt, be sure to read the label and get no sugar, NO artificial sweeteners (xylitol is toxic for dogs, even in the smallest amounts).
• Melon of your choice
• Low fat, plain Greek yogurt
Cut melon into chunks and freeze until solid. Remove from freezer. Blend 2 cups of frozen melon with ¼ cup of yogurt in the blender or food processor. Adjust recipe for desired consistency. Fill ice cube trays with the frozen mixture and refreeze. This treat is higher in sugar so feed in moderation.
3. Frozen Berry Banana Bites
Berries are packed with antioxidants and are lower in sugar than some fruits, like melons so they make a great frozen treat. However, the added banana increases the natural sugars so you’ll want to feed these in moderation. As always, read the label to be sure the yogurt contains zero toxic artificial sweeteners, such as xylitol.
• 1 cup of berries, such as blueberries or strawberries
• ½ banana
• ¾ cup low fat, plain Greek yogurt
Blend all the ingredients in your blender or food processor. Remove and place in ice cube tray or treat mold and freeze for 5 hours.
4. Peanut Butter and Jellies (dairy free)
Here is another recipe that is lactose free. All you need is your dog’s favorite berry and some no sugar added, all natural peanut butter. Read the label on the peanut butter to ensure it contain no toxic artificial sweeteners, such as xylitol.
• Berries, such as blueberries or strawberries
• Peanut butter
This is an easy recipe that you can just ‘eye ball.’ Mix whatever berries you have on hand with water in a blender (liquid will be thin, the less berries, the less sugar). Fill ice cube tray half way with half the liquid and freeze. Remove from freezer and layer peanut butter over the frozen cube, reaching the edges. Cover with remaining liquid and refreeze.
5. PB&B Savory Bites (dairy free)
Here is a sugar free treat that your dog will drool over. It’s also easy to make and contains everything dogs love! As always, be sure to read the peanut butter label to be sure it has no sugar or toxic artificial sweeteners, such as xylitol, added.
• Salt free bone broth, any flavor
• 2-3 strips of unprocessed bacon, cooked
• Peanut butter, no sugar added
This is another easy recipe that you can ‘eye ball’ depending on the size of your ice cube or treat mold. All you do is half fill the tray with bone broth and freeze. While freezing, cook the bacon and let cool then crumble. Once the bone broth is frozen, remove from freezer and add a layer of peanut butter and sprinkle with bacon crumbles. Top with remaining liquid and refreeze.
6. Red, White, and Blueberry Bites
The colorful fun in these treats packs them with nutrition. But the best part is, they are healthy and easy to make because they don’t even need blending.
• 20 blueberries
• 10 strawberries, sliced
• 1 cup plain Greek low-fat yogurt
Sprinkle fruit into ice cube tray or treat mold. Top with yogurt. Gently mix to coat fruit and remove air bubbles. Freeze for 5 hours or overnight.
7. Sweet and Savory Bone Broth Bites (dairy free)
This is a great, healthy recipe full of everything good for your dog. If you don’t want to use bone broth, simply substitute salt free broth or stock.
• 1 cup chicken, turkey, or beef bone broth
• 1 cup of berries of your choice such as raspberries, strawberries, or blueberries
Mash the berries. Mix into broth. Place in ice cube trays or treats mold and freeze until solid, about 5 hours or overnight.
We hope your dog loves these treats as much as ours do. Please feel free to share the recipes with your friends.
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