Summer is in full swing, and anyone who owns a dog knows the struggle of keeping them cool outside. These homemade frozen dog treats are a great way to help them chill out.
It’s not uncommon to see your dog lying on the cool kitchen floor and panting like crazy on hot summer days. Dogs can’t sweat through their skin like humans, so they rely on panting and releasing heat through their paw pads and nose to keep cool.
As long as your dog isn’t out in the sun all day, he or she probably won’t get heatstroke, but summer can still be uncomfortable for them. These frozen treats will help you keep your pet cool and content.
Popsicles are the perfect summer treat for humans and dogs. These are made by adding bananas, strawberries, peanut butter, and water to a blender and blending on high until smooth. Freeze in popsicle molds and let your dog enjoy one outside or on a towel to avoid making a mess.
You can use regular popsicle sticks in these, but be sure to keep a close eye on your pup so they don’t try to chew the wooden stick. You can also use a dog biscuit in place of a stick for a fully edible treat. Just let the popsicles freeze for about 30 minutes before sticking a dog biscuit in the middle and finishing the freezing process.
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These popsicle molds are perfect for dogs of all sizes:
Blueberries are an excellent treat for dogs. They’re low in calories and packed with nutrients like vitamin C and fiber. They also contain antioxidants, which fight free radicals in your dog’s body that can cause cellular damage.
This recipe uses blueberries, peanut butter, bananas, yogurt, and milk. Make sure you use peanut butter without xylitol, which is a sweetener that’s poisonous to dogs (check out this list of other foods you should never give your dog).
These melt quickly so it’s best if your dog enjoys them outside to avoid a mess.
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Nothing is more satisfying than a big bowl of ice cream on a hot summer’s day. This recipe, made with peanut butter and bacon, combines two dog-favorite ingredients for a treat they’re sure to love.
Because peanut butter has a lot of natural oils, this ice cream stays soft after freezing. That means this ice cream recipe is perfect for puppies and senior dogs who have more sensitive mouths. You can keep leftovers in the freezer for up to three months.
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These treats combine nutritious blueberries with coconut oil, which also has many health benefits for dogs. This oil can help with thyroid function, nutrient absorption, and digestion when taken orally.
Stick to no more than ¼ teaspoon of coconut oil per day for small dogs and no more than one or two teaspoons per day for larger breeds. Too much fat in a dog’s diet can lead them to develop pancreatitis.
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If you have a small dog, blend cooked blueberries with coconut oil until smooth and pour into these tiny molds so you can control their portion size more accurately:
Include your dog in your next summer barbecue with these frozen cheeseburger pops. While this may not sound appealing to you, we promise your pet will love these meaty and cheesy treats.
Using leftover ground beef for this recipe is fine as long as it doesn’t contain any onions, garlic, or chives, which are poisonous to dogs. To play it safe, cook some plain ground beef or turkey instead.
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You can freeze these treats in an ice cube tray from home or use a fun mold like this one:
Stinky dog breath making the heat even harder to bear? These frozen treats are made with fresh mint to brighten your dog’s breath and cool him off.
Mint is a common ingredient in many dog dental treats because of its ability to freshen their breath from that perpetual wonky smell. (But really, why does it smell so bad?)
You can also keep your pup’s mouth healthy and fresh by brushing his teeth every day and feeding him a healthy diet, but these treats are a good step in the meantime.
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With only two ingredients and no blending involved, these treats are super easy to put together. Simply chop some apples into bite-sized pieces (make sure to remove the core and seeds) and add them to ice cube trays or small plastic containers. Then fill the rest of the containers you’re using with chicken broth and freeze for at least four hours.
Dogs will love the combination of salty chicken broth with sweet, crunchy apples.
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If you’re making these treats in ice cube trays, transfer them to a freezer bag once they’re solid. Or you can use these convenient plastic containers:
Watermelon is the perfect summer snack for humans and dogs. This fruit contains a hefty dose of fiber plus potassium and vitamins A, B6, and C.
Make sure to buy a seedless watermelon because you will need to puree the fruit for this recipe. It’s also not a requirement to chop your blueberries before adding them to your molds, but you might want to if you have a small dog to be safe.
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These molds are perfect for making cute bite-sized treats:
Homemade frozen treats are just one of many easy ways to keep your dog cool all summer. They’re also an excellent way to keep your furry friend on a healthy diet, so break out those popsicle molds and watch that tail start wagging.