Summer may be officially winding down but here in the Pacific Northwest, August and early September tend to be very hot. Keeping cool is vital for both you and your pets, as heat exhaustion or a heat stroke can be dangerous or even fatal. But there are some really fun ways to stay cool! One such way is with treats and there are plenty of recipes out there. Note: any frozen treat should be shared in moderation.
Ingredients: 1 ripe banana, 4 cups of orange juice, and 1/2 cup of plain yogurt
Blend the ingredients together in a blender (or simply mash the banana and mix with the orange juice and yogurt) and pour mixture into a popsicle mold or ice tray. Put in freezer and once they’re frozen, share with your favorite dog!
You can also substitute fruit like strawberries and blueberries if you’d like.
Ingredients: no or low salt chicken broth (homemade or store-bought); cooked carrots optional
This one is simple enough to figure out, as all you need to do is pour the broth in the mold or tray and freeze. You can add in cooked carrots if you’d like! This might be enjoyed best outside so your dog doesn’t get chicken broth all over your floors.
Peanut Butter Banana Pupsicles
Ingredients: ripe banana(s), peanut butter
Mash or puree the banana and mix in some peanut butter. Once mixed, pour into mold or tray.
The great thing about a frozen Kong filled with a tasty treat is that it’s a mentally stimulating activity that will help keep your dog cool! You can put mashed bananas, yogurt, pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling), or even some canned wet food into a Kong and then freeze it. It’ll take some time and effort for your dog to get out all the food, keeping them busy and cool during the hottest part of the day.
In some areas, you can even get Swell Dog Gelato! This Seattle based company makes small-batch gelato for dogs in a variety of flavors. Check out their website to find where you can buy a cup for your pup.
Does your dog have a favorite summer treat? Let me know in the comments!