The Dog Days of Summer are in full swing. With the temperatures continuing to rise, it’s time to pull out all the stops to keep you, and your pets, cool. And there isn’t a tastier way to cool down than by enjoying some ice-cold treats.
These DIY recipes are cheap, healthy and easy to make. The #OMFDogDays are here and your dog deserves something special to help them beat the heat!
Ingredients: 4 cups orange juice (all natural with no added sugar) 1/2 cup plain yogurt 1 banana
Instructions: Puree all ingredients in a blender, or simply mash the banana by hand and combine with the juice and yogurt. Then pour into a popsicle mold or ice tray. Place in the freezer, wait until frozen and serve. You can also vary the fruit and juice you use. Try pineapple juice or apple juice; just check to be sure the juice you use is all natural with no added sugar.
recipe courtesy of Modern Dog Magazine
Chicken Broth Pupsicles
Ingredients: 1 cup of low-sodium chicken stock 1/2 cup of water 1 1/2 ounces of finely chopped chicken meat
Combine the chicken stock, water and finely chopped chicken meat in a bowl. Pour into popsicle molds or ice trays. Place in the freezer, wait until frozen and then it’s winner, winner, chicken dinner.
recipe courtesy of The Dogington Post
Frozen Yogurt Treats
Ingredients: 4 cups yogurt (flavored or plain, non-fat if needed) ½ cup creamy peanut butter 2 tablespoons honey 1 banana, mashed
Melt the peanut butter in a microwave for about 30 seconds. Place all of the ingredients into a blender, mixer or food processor and mix well (until smooth) . Pour into ice cube trays or popsicle trays. Place in the freezer, wait until frozen and serve.
recipe courtesy of The Bark
Frozen Meat Treats
Ingredients: 2 cups cooked meat/poultry/fish 3/4 cup plain low-fat or fat-free yogurt 1 carrot, cooked and mashed 3 tbsp olive oil Small handful of parsley, finely chopped
Stir all the ingredients together and freeze in ice cube trays. For little dogs, you can pour the mixture into a piping bag and pipe little droplets onto a parchment-lined baking sheet before freezing. Place in the freezer, wait until frozen and serve.
recipe courtesy of Offbeat Home & Life
Tropical Frozen Kong
Ingredients: (for three kongs) 1 package unsweetened coconut flakes 1 cup whipped cream cheese 1 cup Greek yogurt 1 banana
Cut up the banana. Plug the small hole of the kong with a small piece of banana and then stuff a few medium pieces inside the big hole. Sprinkle a couple of pinches of coconut flakes into the kong and pour the rest into a mixing bowl. Add the cream cheese, yogurt and the remaining banana slices into the bowl and stir until smooth. Stuff the mixture into the kong and place in the freezer. Wait until frozen and serve.
recipe courtesy of Gone to the Snow Dogs
You know your furry BFF better than anyone, so find what your pup likes best and keep the frozen treats coming all summer long. Each dish above is a bit different, but they ALL should be enjoyed outside in case things get messy.
When it’s time to dig in, snap a pic and share it with #OMFDogDays!