Chill Out With These Frozen Treats for Dogs That Provide a Refreshing Boost of Nutrients
Giving your frozen treats to your dog is great for a bunch of reasons! One, it helps them cool down from the pervading heat of the summer. Summer\’s great for iced coffees for you and chilled treats for dogs. Everyone stays cool! It\’s also a great way to sneak in some extra tasty nutrients that your dog needs. Stuffing frozen treats for dogs into a KONG ball will keep them preoccupied with some mental stimulation. The best part is they\’re super simple and super cheap!
At Splash and Dash Groomerie & Boutique we are big fans of the rotational diet. Meaning we like to give our own dogs at home a diverse menu of dry kibble, raw food, canned food, and fresh foods. Switching up your dog\’s diet provides for their holistic needs. Frozen dog treats for dogs offer a delicious snack that fits into every element of the rotational diet! We\’ll show you how.
Here are five recipes to keep the summer heat and the doggie ailments at bay!
*All Recipes included are 100% safe and nutritious for dogs.
1. Frozen Peanut Butter Banana Pops
These are so good you\’ll want to eat them!
Take three, six-oz containers of plain low-fat yogurt, ½ cup of low-sodium peanut butter (No Xylitol!), one, four-oz. jar of banana baby food (a fresh banana works too), and one tablespoon of honey. Blend all these ingredients together and pour into a small paper cup. Place a small bone to work as a handle and put them in the freezer.
Once frozen, you can peel the paper cups away and serve them up!
2. Freeze the Kibble
This one\’s best for the summer scorchers and is a simple way to get your panting pup some relief from the sun\’s rays.
All you have to do is soak his kibble in a low-sodium broth. First, take a bowl and pour broth about halfway up. A protein broth is a great natural dietary supplement for dogs! Once the kibble has absorbed the broth go ahead and stick it in the freezer. (Some kibbles will start to disintegrate so you might want to keep your eye on it).
Before the tasty concoction freezes stuff the treat into his KONG ball. As the slush melts, your dog will have hours of entertainment and healthy frozen treats.
3. Doggie Mentos
This frozen treat for dogs is one that lets you have your cake and eat it too! Fun for the dog. Check! Gets rid of bad breath. Check!
You will need peppermint leaves or pure peppermint oil, a pinch of parsley, and plain old water. If you use peppermint leaves, finely mince these with the parsley and sprinkle the herbs into each cube. Freeze the tray and put the cubes into your dog\’s water bowl.
Other herbs that are great for dogs you could consider using: oregano, rosemary, basil, and parsley. Just don\’t go overboard or your dog may not like the taste.
4. Carrot Sticks
I had had a dog that went crazy for carrots and a dog that was not the biggest fan. Either way, carrots are great for dogs for the same reason they\’re a healthy snack for humans. If your dog is a picky eater when it comes to carrots, this might get him on the carrot band wagon.
Take a low-sodium broth and fill an ice cube tray or a paper cup. If your dog already loves carrots (most dogs do), then use the carrot as a handle. If your dog\’s on the skeptical side you can blend the carrot into a pulp and go from there.
5. Bahama Mama
This recipe won a KONG Connect Recipe Contest for frozen dog treats for dogs! The Bahama mama is the brainchild of Nina Garcia of Orlando, Florida.
First, gather your ingredients. You will need one cup of shredded coconut (No Added Sugar), one cup of granola (No Raisins!), ½ cup of fresh pineapple, ½ cup of peanut butter (No Xylitol). Mix the ingredients together in a large bowl until all ingredients mesh together consistently. Spoon the Bahama Mama into a KONG and freeze. The leftovers can be frozen and stored for up to six months!
Once frozen, give the tropical delicacy to your dog and watch him enjoy!
For other tips to keep your dog cool in the summer heat click here.
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