This summer keep your furry friends cool with homemade frozen dog treats!
We live in Hawaii with a very furry 10 month old Siberian Husky named Cannoli. Keeping her cool and comfy can be challenging, specially during the hotter summer months.
Recently I’ve been making popsicles for my grandsons and buying Ice Pups from the pet store. What was I thinking? Why buy expensive frozen treats for the pooch when I could easily make them? After all I bake doggie biscuits for her!
I think my biggest problem was what I should freeze them in, it didn’t want to use the popsicle molds, they require the plastic sticks they come with or wooden popsicle sticks, the dog would chew on them, not a good idea. After some thought I decided to use styrofoam coffee cups I had on hand.
They worked out perfectly! Once the treats are frozen I just peel off the cup and give her the treat as needed. I was concerned that the styrofoam might stick to the frozen treat, but it didn’t, it peeled right off.
For my first foray in to the frozen dog treat world I used ingredients I already had in my fridge, in this case leftover Greek yogurt from my chicken souvlaki marinade I made for last Sunday’s barbecue night and fresh blueberries left over from my fruit filled ice pops and Red, White & Blueberry Popsicles. It took all of 5 minutes to mix it together and portion out into the cups. I froze them overnight and the next morning they were ready to go.
I used blueberries, but really you can use any fruit or veggie your pooch likes, just be careful to remove the seeds if you’re using apples and don’t put onions or other items that are harmful to dogs. Here’s the recipe!
1 cup Plain Yogurt
Handful of Fresh Blueberries or other fruit or veggie
Mix both ingredients together in a bowl.
Portion out in styrofoam coffee cups. You can adjust the portion to fit your dog’s appetite. I filled mine about half way.
Freeze at least 6 hours.
Peel off cup when ready to give puppy a treat.
My Cannoli loves these treats and will eat them all day long. I limit her to one a day as yogurt can add on excess weight, that’s what my breeder uses to bulk up his dogs before a dog show. I don’t need the vet scolding me for having an overweight dog. Next time I think I’ll try lowfat yogurt.
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