It's getting hot y'all, and it's time to find some fun, easy ways to keep you and your pup cooled off and staying healthy. Here are 5 DIY summer treats that are sure to make everyone happy!
What's your favorite treat? Lots of people dip into the cold stuff when the summer heat makes us long for cooler temperatures. If you like ice cream, your dog will, too. But don't just scoop it out of the freezer and into his bowl! Ice cream for humans may contain additives and sugar that can make your pal really sick---or worse. Dogs can be lactose intolerant, too. But that doesn't mean you have to leave him out of the fun.
Doggy ice cream. Purina makes a product called Frosty Paws that's sold in supermarkets and that dogs really love. It comes in two flavors, original and peanut butter. Or, make your own! Here's a great recipe for frozen puppy treats that are as much fun to make as to watch him enjoy. Just combine a cup and a half of chopped strawberries with two mashed bananas. Melt about half a cup of coconut oil and then blend it all together. It should be about the texture of ice cream, but you can thin it out with water if necessary. Pour into paper cups and cover with plastic film. Top it with a dog biscuit standing on end to make a delightful, yummy "pupsicle!"
Peanut-butter bites frozen treats. Dogs absolutely love peanut butter! And what's not to love? Blend some strawberries and blueberries together in a blender. Scoop a teaspoon of peanut butter into each well in an ice-cube tray and fill with the blended fruit. freeze until solid and then store in the freezer in plastic bags for on-hand snacking.
Greek yogurt. If your dog is not lactose intolerant, Greek yogurt is a great summer treat. Don't overindulge your buddy, though, because dairy products can cause loose stools. A little bit is a great treat!
Starbucks has a secret menu just for our fuzzy friends! When you're getting your favorite drink, ask for a Puppuccino and the barista will promptly serve whipped cream in a cup for your little pal. (Again, this treat is only for dogs who tolerate dairy.)
Frozen chicken bone broth. Yep. That's all there is to it. Pour some low-sodium chicken (or beef) bone broth in an ice-cube tray and give your buddy a cooling treat with ease.
Remember these important tips for summer fun with Fido.
- Make your daily walks early morning and late evening to avoid the heat of the day.
- Never, ever leave your dog in the car, even for only a few moments with the windows cracked. On a mild 75 day, your car can heat up to 100 in a mere 10 minutes. Brain damage, heatstroke, or even death can follow quickly.
- Keep his water bowl fresh and cool. If you must be outside in the heat, offer him water every fifteen minutes.
- Are your feet hot? If you find hot pavements uncomfortable, imagine how his feet feel. Booties are available, or you can pick him up and carry him across hot spots. He'll love you for it!