Frozen Treats for Dogs: Fun and Delicious!

Frozen Treats for
Dogs: Fun and Delicious!

Frozen Treats for Dogs: What you need to know

Everyone loves a cool treat on a hot summer day!  Our pups are no different, and frozen treats for dogs can be a great way to bond with your pup while you keep them healthy and hydrated on a hot day.  That said, it’s important to always check with your vet before you feed your pup any kind of a new treat, especially one you are making or may be intended for humans.  Read on to learn more about frozen treats for your pup!

avoid harmful ingredients

Frozen treats such as ice cream may be one of our favorite summertime snacks, but sharing with your pup could be harmful.  Dairy is actually one of the top items to void giving your pup, as most dogs react negatively to it.  It is common to see vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal discomfort from a pup who has had even a little big of daily products.

Additionally, there are often toppings on ice cream such as chocolate and nuts, some of which are very toxic for pups.  It’s really important, especially for new pup parents, to become intimately familiar with what common household items and food are harmful to your pup if ingested.  Many loving pup parents think thy are spoiling their furry friend by sharing what they love, but end up causing medical issues for their pup.

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What you need to get started

Although human treats like ice cream and popsicles are out, there are several fast and easy ways to make sure your pup can have a cool treat on a hot summer day!  To make most of these frozen treats, you’ll need just a few basic household items in your kitchen:

  • Silicone ice cube trays (shaped or standard)
  • Blender with puree function
  • Extra freezer space

We recommend that you have separate utensils and supplies for your pup’s treats.  This way, there is never any concern about contamination of harmful ingredients from another meal you were making for you or your family.

Fast and easy frozen treats

One very simple and fast way to create a safe and healthy frozen treat for your pup is to freeze fruits and veggies.  For example, green beans, banana chunks, strawberries, blueberries, and peach chunks all fast an easy options your pups will love.  It is important to keep in mind that if you are buying frozen, pre cut chunks, that you are checking the ingredients for anything that may be harmful for your pup. It’s also very easy to puree ripe banana, pumpkin, or sweet potato mixed with a little almond milk and then freeze in ice cube trays. Watermelon, cantaloupe, and other water rich melons can actually just be pureed and frozen, no almond milk needed!
Frozen Treats for Dogs

Other Considerations

it is always important to keep your pup’s well being and safety in mind.  When it comes to frozen treats, be mindful of the size of the treats you are making.  Although they are frozen and will melt, you want to ensure the chunks aren’t so big that as they enjoy them, they accidentally swallow it whole and block their airway.  Additionally, you should make sure to avoid using wooden popsicle sticks for the treats.  Although it may be easier for you pull remove from the ice cube tray, it’s a potential choking hazard for your pup.

Frozen Treats for Dogs: Fun and easy!

Frozen treats for dogs are a great way to spoil your pup during the hot summer months.  It’s important to remember that pups cannot enjoy many of our human treats like ice cream and popsicles.  Luckily, making frozen treats that are safe for your pup is fast and easy!

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