With summer just around the corner, many people are stocking up on cold treats like ice cream and smoothies. It’s always nice to enjoy a cool snack on a sweltering hot day! We all know that our canine buddies are very, very enthusiastic about treats. Want to get Fido’s tail going? Make him some frozen goodies! A Virginia Beach, VA vet offers some advice on this below.
Ice cream is probably the penultimate summer snack. It’s actually pretty easy to make Fido his own version. For the base, you can combine two or more of the following items: pureed pumpkin, natural peanut butter, sodium-free broth, fat-free yogurt, liver powder, or organic baby food. Then, for ‘toppings’ you can mix in bits of kibble; bacon bits; cut-up hot dogs; tiny meatballs; crushed dog treats; boneless cooked meat, fish, or poultry; canned tuna, chicken, shrimp, or beef; or cheese. You can also add pet-safe fruits and veggies, like peas, spinach, or berries.
This one is great because you can make a bunch in advance, and then just dole them out as needed. Put a chew stick in a small waxed paper cup, and fill it with sodium-free broth or water. For extra tail wags, smear some natural peanut butter on it before giving it to Fido. Done!
Sodium-free broth is a great treat for dogs. It contains electrolytes, which is great for keeping your furry buddy properly hydrated. Pour some into an ice cube tray, and freeze overnight.
Ice Cube Hack
Speaking of ice cubes, why not make some special ones for Fido? For a very simple one, you can add some kibble to an ice cube tray, and pour broth over it. You can also take this a bit further. Use chicken, peas, rice, carrots, and a chicken-flavored broth, and make your pooch frozen chicken soup snacks. Or, mix some cooked hamburger with cheese, bacon bits, and beef-flavored broth for a burger bite.
These are just a few recipes. You’ll find loads more online, and you can also make your own. Just stick with pet-safe ingredients. Some dangerous foods include garlic and onion; chocolate; meat on the bone; avocado; pitted fruits; nuts; grapes and raisins; alcohol; and anything that contains xylitol. Ask your vet for more information.
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