DIY Warm Weather Treats for Dogs 

DIY Warm Weather Treats for Dogs 

Dog licking frozen treat in bowl

As the sun starts to shine brighter and the temperatures rise, our furry companions also feel the heat. Just like us, they might enjoy a refreshing treat to cool down but before you grab that ice cream cone or fruity popsicle, consider some safer options tailored specifically for your canine friend. In this post, we’ll explore a variety of warm weather treats that are not only delicious but also safe for dogs. 

Frozen Fruit Delights

Just like humans, dogs can enjoy the natural sweetness of fruits. Frozen slices of banana, watermelon, or strawberries, pureed pumpkin, and shredded carrots make for a refreshing snack on a hot day. Be sure to remove any seeds or pits, as they can be harmful to your pup. These treats are not only hydrating but also packed with essential vitamins and minerals. 

DIY Pup Cups

Get creative in the kitchen and whip up some homemade frozen treats for your furry friend. You can blend ingredients like yogurt, peanut butter, and mashed bananas, then freeze them in ice cube trays or silicone molds. Your dog will love the icy texture and delicious flavors. Just make sure to use dog-safe ingredients and avoid any artificial sweeteners, like xylitol, which can be toxic to dogs. 

Ice Cubes

Sometimes, simplicity is key. Plain ice cubes can be a satisfying treat for dogs, especially during hot weather. They provide hydration and can help cool your pup down quickly. You can even add a splash of low-sodium chicken or beef broth to make them extra enticing. Just be mindful not to give your dog too many ice cubes at once, as it could lead to brain freeze or upset stomach. 

Frozen Kongs or Licky Bowls

During the summer months, try stuffing a Kong with wet dog food or mashed sweet potatoes, then freeze it for a few hours. The same can be done with a licky bowl. You can get creative with what you put in these homemade treats. Try smearing a bowl with peanut butter and adding banana slices around the peanut butter rim before freezing. Your pup will be mentally stimulated while they try to get at the tasty filling all while staying cool at the same time. 

DIY Dog Treat Safety Precautions

Remember, moderation is key when it comes to treating your dog, especially with frozen treats. Too much of a good thing can upset their stomach or lead to weight gain.

 

Always supervise your dog while they enjoy their treats and consult with your veterinarian if you have any concerns about their diet or health. 

 

With these warm weather treats, you can keep your canine companion cool, happy, and healthy all summer long. So grab a treat, head outside, and enjoy some quality time with your furry friend in the sunshine! 

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Angelika Demers, CVT

Clinical Supervisor

Angelika started her animal health career in 2014 when she attended the University of Maine Augusta, Bangor campus, for Veterinary Technology. She graduated in early 2018 and became a Certified Veterinary Technician later that year. Her internship, and first veterinary field job, was at the MSPCA Angell in Boston, where she discovered her interest in emergency medicine. Throughout the years, she has continued to advance her knowledge in the field of emergency medicine, but also in cultivating relationships with patients and clients alike to offer the best quality care. Outside of work she likes hanging out with her cat, Mew, spending time outdoors, watching game shows, and photography.