Along with the hot weather comes the desire to cool off those taste buds! That goes for our furry friends, too. Why not make something special for your best friend using wholesome, fresh ingredients?
Making homemade, frozen dog treats is a great way to cool him off during hot weather and easy to do. Yogurt is a great choice for it’s nutritional benefits, and quite tasty too. When using yogurt, there are many choices. I prefer the natural variety that has only whole milk and the beneficial probiotics. I never use yogurt made with sugar, honey or artificial additives (sweeteners, thickeners, preservatives). Flavored yogurt definitely has sugar so make sure never to use those. Ranger is not accustomed to sweetness so I don’t think he’ll notice the difference. 🙂
Here’s an easy frozen dog treat recipe that Ranger loves!
- 3 cups plain yogurt (Nancy’s Organic whole mild yogurt)
- ½ cup creamy peanut butter peanut butter, preferably unsalted and unsweetened (Check your peanut butter’s label to make sure it doesn’t contain any kind of xylitol, which is toxic to dogs
- 1 cup of fresh or frozen blueberries(high in antioxidants)
- Melt peanut butter in microwave about 30 seconds
- Place all of the ingredients into a blender, mixer or food processor and mix well
- Pour into ice cube trays
- Freeze until firm
- Pop out the tray (you may need a knife) and let Fido enjoy!
- Freeze the rest and only give your pup 1 or 2 at a time as they may not be used to something so deliciously cold!
Other frosty treats:
- Put Peanut butter or yogurt in a Kong toy and freeze.
- Melt some creamy peanut butter into a cookie mold, then top off with plain organic yogurt. Freeze and pop out!
- Pet popsicles can be made out of all kinds of things your dog (or cats) eat normally, so experiment to see what your dog likes best.
- Try treats suspended in water, watered down wet food and favorite frozen veggies.
- Avoid: onions and onion powder, grapes and raisins, salt, macadamia nuts, tomatoes, potatoes, rhubarb leaves and stems, avocados or anything on this list