Cool Summer Snacks for Fido

As you have probably noticed, summertime in Georgia can get pretty hot. Many of us like to cool off on sweltering days by enjoying frozen snacks, like ice cream. Man’s Best Friend also enjoys cold snacks on hot days! Read on as a local Marietta, GA vet lists some great frozen treats you can make for your dog.

Pupsicles

To make a dog-friendly version of this classic summer favorite, start by pouring water or sodium free broth into an ice cube tray. You can also use wax paper cups, or order special bone-shaped molds. Next, add bits of doggy biscuits; chew sticks; cooked, shredded meat; bacon bits; and/or dog-safe fruits or veggies, like peas, strawberries, or carrots. Freeze overnight, and hand out one or two at a time to your furry pal on hot days. Instant tail wags!

Doggy Ice Cream

Who doesn’t enjoy a delicious ice cream on a hot day? You can make a doggy version for Fido out of plain yogurt mixed with pureed pumpkin, sodium-free broth, peanut butter, and/or wheat germ. Add bacon bits, dog biscuits, carob, or dog-safe fruits and veggies to customize it.

Cheeseburger Bites

Cook some plain hamburger, and then add some water. You can also put in some shredded cheese. Freeze the mix in individual portions.

Apple Snacks

Get some sodium-free chicken broth and pour it into a mold, such as an ice-cube tray. Add slices of apple, and then freeze it. You can also add cheese and/or bacon bits.

Tuna Pops

Mix a can of tuna in water with plain yogurt, and, if you like, a bit of cheese. Freeze in small portions. Fluffy may enjoy this one as well!

Chicken Soup Bites

Freeze chicken broth; plain, cooked chicken or turkey; peas; and carrots in individual portions.

Peanut Butter Banana Bits

Mix ripe bananas with some peanut butter. You may want to add some water or yogurt to thin it out. Freeze in small portions for your canine buddy.

Tips

When making treats for Fido, be sure to only use dog-safe ingredients. You also want to avoid giving your pooch too many cold treats at once. Ask your vet for specific nutritional advice.

If you have any questions or concerns about your dog’s health, diet, or care, please feel free to call us anytime. As your Marietta, GA animal hospital, we are always happy to help.