Summer is here, and many of us are keeping our freezers stocked with delicious frozen treats, like ice cream and frozen yogurt. Fido also enjoys a cold snack on sweltering days. Read on for some great homemade doggy treat recipes from a North Redington Beach, FL vet.
To make your pup some ice cream, combine frozen yogurt with sodium-free broth, pureed pumpkin, bananas, peanut butter, or organic baby food. Then, for ‘toppings’ you can add bacon bits, shredded cheese, or bits of kibble.
Plain yogurt makes a great base for many frozen treats. You can mix it with pureed pumpkin, peanut butter, or organic baby food. Or, just add pet-safe fruits and/or veggies, like berries, bananas, or carrots, and freeze.
Pour beef or chicken broth or water into a waxed paper cup. Drop a chew stick into the middle, and freeze. Pop the treat out of the cup when you want to give your pooch a special treat.
Cook some hamburger, and add a little water to it to thin it out. Then, put the mixture in an ice cube tray. Top with cheese and bacon bits, and freeze.
Put crushed up doggy treats, pieces of kibble, shredded meat or chicken, and/or pet-safe fruits and veggies in an ice cube tray or waxed paper cups. Pour water or sodium-free broth over them, and then freeze overnight. You can experiment with different flavor combinations to see what Fido likes best. For instance, use chicken broth with canned chicken, peas, and shredded cheddar. Or, combine bacon bits with kibble.
Bananas are a great and healthy treat for dogs. Mix some ripe ones with natural peanut butter, and freeze in small portions.
Buy a few rolls of precooked chicken or lamb. Put it in the freezer, and then (carefully) slice off a piece when you want to give Fido a treat. This also works with gourmet dog food.
Be sure to stick to pet-safe foods. Never give Fido garlic, onions, scallions, or chives; pitted fruit; grapes, currants, or raisins; nuts; mushrooms; meat on the bone; raw meat or dough; chocolate; or alcohol. Ask your vet for more information.
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