Paws-itively Refreshing: Healthy Summer Treats to Keep Your Dogs Cool and Happy

Drs. Philip and Angela Rodger
Owners of Synchrony Chiropractic

As the temperature rises and summer approaches, we’re all looking for ways to stay cool and refreshed. But let’s not forget about our four-legged friends, who also need some relief from the heat. In this blog post, we’ll explore a variety of healthy summer treats you can make for your dogs. These delicious, easy-to-make snacks will not only keep your pets cool but also ensure they get the essential nutrients they need. So let’s dive into the world of homemade doggy treats and pamper our furry friends!

Frozen Fruit Pupsicles

Fruits like bananas, blueberries, and watermelon make for excellent frozen treats for dogs. Simply puree the fruit in a blender, pour it into ice cube trays or popsicle molds, and freeze. These fruit pupsicles are not only delicious and cooling but also packed with vitamins and antioxidants.
Note: Remember to remove any seeds before blending and avoid grapes and raisins, as they are toxic to dogs.

Peanut Butter and Banana Ice Cream

Whip up a batch of dog-friendly ice cream using just two ingredients: peanut butter and bananas. Blend ripe bananas and natural, xylitol-free peanut butter until smooth. Pour the mixture into a freezer-safe container and freeze until firm. Scoop out portions as needed for a cool, protein-rich treat your dog will love.

Yogurt and Berry Pops

Combine plain, unsweetened yogurt with a mix of dog-safe berries such as blueberries, strawberries, and blackberries. Blend the ingredients until smooth, then pour the mixture into ice pop molds or ice cube trays. Freeze until set, and serve your pooch a calcium and antioxidant-packed treat.

Chicken or Beef Broth Ice Cubes

For a savory twist, freeze low-sodium chicken or beef broth in ice cube trays. You can even add small pieces of cooked meat, chopped veggies, or a sprinkle of dog-friendly herbs for an extra flavor kick. These frozen broth cubes make for a hydrating and satisfying snack your pup will adore.

Veggie Delight: Green Bean and Carrot Chews

Blend steamed green beans and carrots with a little water until smooth. Pour the mixture into silicone molds or ice cube trays and freeze. These veggie chews are not only low in calories but also provide essential vitamins and fiber to support your dog’s overall health.

Frozen Coconut Oil and Blueberry Bites

Combine melted coconut oil with whole blueberries and pour the mixture into silicone molds or ice cube trays. Freeze until solid, and serve as a cooling treat that’s rich in healthy fats and antioxidants.

With these healthy and refreshing summer treats, you can help your furry friends beat the heat while providing them with essential nutrients. Homemade dog treats are not only fun to make but also allow you to control the quality of ingredients and cater to your dog’s preferences. So go ahead and unleash your creativity in the kitchen – your dog will surely thank you with wagging tails and slobbery kisses!

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