3 Quick & Easy Frozen Dog Treats

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3 Quick & Easy Frozen Dog TreatsWe’re heading into the hottest time of the year here in Ohio and there’s no better way to beat the heat than with a frosty, summertime treat! Here are three tasty recipes for quick and easy frozen dog treats that’ll keep your pup cool all summer long.

1. Watermelon Blueberry Cubes (for Fruit Lovers)

Watermelon Blueberry Dog Treats

Watermelon Blueberry Cubes

Ingredients
1/4 seedless watermelon
1 small package fresh or frozen blueberries
1 can coconut milk
1 tbsp honey (optional)

Directions
Watermelon Blueberry Dog Treats1. Puree chunks of watermelon in a blender or food processor.
2. Blend in coconut milk and honey.
3. Fill an ice cube tray with the mixture.
4. Drop a few blueberries into each cube and freeze.

Tip: Try adding banana or strawberry slices for more variety.


2. Peanut Butter & Banana Pupsicles (for Peanut Butter Lovers)

Peanut Butter and Banana Dog Treats

Peanut Butter & Banana Pupsicles

Ingredients
1 cup plain or vanilla low-fat Greek yogurt*
2 tbsp peanut butter*
1 banana
Edible bones or bully sticks.
*Make sure the yogurt and peanut butter don’t contain xylitol.

Directions
Peanut Butter and Banana Dog Treats1. Blend yogurt, peanut butter and banana in a food processor or blender until smooth.
2. Spoon mixture into paper cups.
3. Add an edible bone or bully stick and freeze.
3. Peel away paper cup and serve.

Tip: For a special surprise, substitute a rubber or Nylabone-type chew toy in place of the edible stick!


3. Chicken & Sweet Potato Pupsicles (for Meat Lovers)

These are three layer pupsicles with sweet potato on the top and bottom and yummy chicken chunks and broth in the middle.

Chicken & Sweet Potato Pupsicles

Ingredients
1 small can drained sweet potatoes (about 15 oz)
1 small can white meat chicken (about 4 oz)
6 oz low-sodium chicken broth (without onion or garlic)
Carrot sticks

Directions
Chicken and Sweet Potato Dog Treats1. Puree the sweet potatoes in a food processor or blender.
2. Fill paper cups 1/3 full with sweet potato, then insert a carrot stick in each cup and freeze. I used a small piece of foil to help keep the carrots in place.
3. Add a layer of chicken, then cover with chicken broth until cup is 2/3 full and freeze.
4. Add the final layer of sweet potato and freeze.

Tip: To easily fill small cups, put the pureed mixture into a ziplock bag, cut off one corner from the bottom of the bag, then squeeze the mixture into the cups.


The Results!

3 Quick & Easy Frozen Dog TreatsAll three recipes were a hit with Haley, but the clear winner was the peanut butter and banana treat. She loved the flavor and the fact that her favorite edible bone was buried inside all that yumminess put it over the top!

Bonus! A Frozen Treat for Raw Meat Eaters

If you feed your dog a raw diet, Rodney Habib from Dogs Naturally Magazine has you covered with this healthy, frozen treat.

Frosty treats are the perfect way to keep your dog refreshed when the summertime temperatures soar. Plus, they keep your pup occupied for a while so you can put your feet up, relax, and soak up some sunshine yourself. The fun thing about making your own treats is, you can get creative and experiment with different ingredients. Next on my list is pumpkin with apple slices. Just be sure not to include any foods that can be harmful to your dog, especially anything containing xylitol which is showing up in more and more foods these days. Here’s a fun quiz from DogVacay to test your knowledge of dog-safe foods. Also, it’s a good idea to let the treats defrost a little before serving so they’re easier to eat.

If your panting pup is ready for a cool down, whip up some of your own frozen dog treats and tell us your dog’s favorite taste combinations.

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