Does your pooch like treats? Chances are, the answer to that question is probably yes! Snacks are pretty high up on the list of Fido’s favorite things. As the dog days of summer approach, many people are cooling off by enjoying some tasty treats. Why not whip up something special for your canine buddy? Below, a North Phoenix, AZ vet lists some frozen snacks you can make for your dog.
Doggy Ice Cream
To make Fido his own ice cream, start with plain frozen yogurt, and mix it with natural peanut butter, pureed pumpkin, sodium-free broth, or mashed bananas. You can add bacon bits, crushed-up dog biscuits, shredded cheese, or dog-safe fruits and veggies, like blueberries or peas.
Mix some natural peanut butter with ripe bananas and a little water. Use an ice cube tray or paper cups to freeze it into small portions.
Apple Chicken Yums
Cut up some apples, and put the pieces in an ice cube tray. (Don’t use the seeds: they are dangerous to dogs.) Add shredded cheese if you like. Then, pour sodium-free chicken broth over them and freeze.
Cook up some plain hamburger, and mix in a little water. You can add bacon bits and shredded cheese, but hold the onion: it’s toxic to dogs. Freeze in small portions, using an ice cube tray or a cute bone mold.
To make a pet-friendly versions of this summer classic, put chew sticks in paper cups. Then, pour water or sodium-free broth into them, and freeze overnight. Just pop one out of the cup when you want to give Fido a treat.
Slice Of Heaven
Get a roll of gourmet dog food or precooked lamb, hamburger, or sausage. Pop it in the freezer. When you want to give your furry friend a special snack, slice off a thin piece and peel off the wrapper. Voila! Instant tail wags.
Feel free to mix and match these recipes, and experiment a bit. Just be sure to stick to pet-safe ingredients. Some foods that are dangerous for our canine friends include garlic and onions; chocolate; avocados; pitted fruits; nuts; grapes, currants, and raisins; and products containing xylitol. Ask your vet for more information.
Please contact us, your local North Phoenix, AZ veterinary hospital, with any questions or concerns about your pet’s health or care. We are here to help!