Headline: Fun summer treats for our furry friends
With summer coming and the thermometer rising, who doesn’t love an icy, cool, refreshing treat? We all love our fruit pops, slushies, ice cream and frozen chocolate bananas, but don’t forget that our pets love to cool off with a frozen treat too. Here are some great ideas for chilly, yummy, fun treats that are all Lexie-approved.
Frozen PB & Banana Treats
This one comes from the geniuses at Life, Love and Sugar, uses only 2 ingredients, and is good for both pets and humans. Score! Just blend up frozen bananas until they reach an ice-creamy consistency, add peanut butter, then freeze. They topped theirs with a small dog treat, but you can leave that off if the hubby decides he wants to try them, too! Full recipe and adorable photos on Life, Love and Sugar.
Here’s a droolicious recipe your 4-legged friends will adore. Mix 2 cups water with 2 finely chopped cooked chicken breasts and a tablespoon of dried parsley. Divide the mixture evenly into 4 popsicle molds and freeze for up to 8 hours. If you want a popsicle “stick” insert a piece of rope jerky when the pops reach the slushy stage.
Got leftover hamburgers from last night’s barbeque bash? Put portions of the cooked hamburger meat into ice cube trays, cover with water or chicken stock and free. Pop them out when frozen and store in freezer bags for a quick, easy frozen treat your pups will love.
Homemade Frosty Paws
A quick search on Pinterest shows that this classic treat for dogs is just as popular as when it first debuted in the 1970s. In today’s DIY world, though, many people have found it just as easy to create their own at home – and without worrying about preservatives or additives. Here’s a quick-and-easy-recipe for creating your own treat at home:
32 ounces plain or vanilla yogurt
1 mashed banana
2 tablespoons peanut butter
2 tablespoons honey
Blend ingredients together and freeze in ice cube trays, popsicle molds or silicone cupcake liners.
For those who love super-simple solutions, how about tossing a few apples in the freezer? Check out this video from “Gone to the Snow Dogs” on YouTube, showing how much fun playing with a frozen apple can be. Just because they shot this in the winter doesn’t mean you can’t also have fun with a frozen apple in the summer. Just make sure you use big apples and not the tiny baby ones, to avoid any accidental choking issues.
Remember, although these treats have been developed for dogs, your own dog may have particular allergies or sensitivities that might make these inappropriate for their consumption. And these are not meant to replace a healthy diet. Always check with your Veterinarian before feeding your dog any homemade food.
Have any fun summer-time treats that your pets love to indulge in? Leave your ideas in the comments below – or send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org with your story and we might just share it with all of our PupperPouch friends.