Treat Your Pup with Cold Goodies This Summer
Just like us, our furry friends deserve to be treated to something yummy and cold this summer. Below, we’ve compiled a few of our favorite chilled treat ideas for dogs. Before we begin, it’s important to note that all frozen treats should be allowed to sit at room temperature for a few minutes to soften before serving them to your pup. This precaution helps prevent any dental injuries.
Frozen Broth Treats
If your dog prefers savory flavors, try frozen broth treats. Beef, chicken, vegetable, or bone broth can all be frozen into cubes for dogs without a sweet tooth. Simply pour the broth into an ice tray and freeze! For an extra touch of creativity, mix any broth with peanut butter and parsley before freezing. You can also freeze different broth flavors in layers! With each lick, your furry best friend will experience a new flavor.
Frozen, Filled Kong Toy
Looking for a way to keep your dog entertained during the hot summer days? Grab a Kong toy and fill it with any of the treats mentioned above or a spoonful or two of peanut butter. Once filled, place the Kong in the freezer and allow its contents to firm up. This frozen delight will not only cool down your pup but also provide mental stimulation as they work to retrieve the treats.
Frozen Fruits and Vegetables
Dogs love treats with a satisfying crunch. Give their favorite fresh snacks a chilly twist by freezing them before serving. Not only will it add a delightful coolness, but your pup will also relish the experience of licking the treat as it softens. Some popular choices for frozen fruit and veggie treats include chunks of frozen banana, strawberries, peaches, carrots, and green beans.
Switch out frozen vegetables for dog-friendly frozen fruit to create a sweet treat your dog will adore. Dice or puree the fruit (removing any rinds, seeds, or other potential hazards for a dog’s digestion), mix it with plain yogurt, and freeze the mixture. Some fruits that dogs tend to enjoy are banana, cantaloupe, watermelon, strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, pineapple, peaches, and apple. Now your pup can enjoy their very own chilled summer sweets!
Don't Forget Dietary Needs and Restrictions
Remember to consider your dog’s specific dietary needs and restrictions when offering treats. If you have any questions about what your pup can and cannot enjoy, don’t hesitate to reach out to your veterinarian. Treats should always be enjoyed in moderation, so make it a special event and allow your pup to savor a bit at a time.
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