Want to give your dog a special treat this summer? Before you head out to the store to buy some treats, be sure to check out our ideas for summertime treats that you can make right at home.
If you have a Kong or other fillable toy, fill the toy with peanut butter and pop it in the freezer for an hour or two. The chilly toy can be a refreshing treat for your dog, and puppies who are teething will also appreciate this cool treat.
Yogurt/Banana/Peanut Butter Frozen Treat
You can easily make up a large batch of these fun frozen treats for your dog. Buy a 32-ounce container of plain, nonfat yogurt. Combine the yogurt with one large, sliced banana, and add in 2 or 3 tablespoons of peanut butter. Mix these ingredients together until they’re well blended.
Next, spoon the mixture into ice cube trays to make individual treats. Freeze the trays until the treats are frozen solid. You can take the treats out of the trays (running some hot water along the bottom of the trays helps the treats to pop out more easily), and store the treats in a container in your freezer.
Yogurt/Fruit Frozen Treat
Similar to the recipe above, combine 32 ounces of yogurt with about three handfuls of blueberries. Cut a banana into small pieces and add it to the mixture. You can also add peanut butter or honey, if you’d like. Spoon the mixture into ice cube trays, freeze, and then remove the individual frozen treats.
Frozen Strawberries Treat
This treat is quite simple. Gather some strawberries and cut the green tops off of them. Put some nonfat vanilla yogurt in a bowl, and using a fork, dip each strawberry into the yogurt until it’s well covered. Place the strawberries on a plate lined with parchment paper, and place the plate in the freezer for 1 hour. Once the treats are frozen, you can give them to your dog. Depending on your dog’s size, you may need to cut the strawberries in half or in quarters in order to be safe.
These treats are fun, healthy options for special summertime treats for your dog. If you’re feeding your dog a treat that has an ingredient that he has never eaten before, then be sure to look out for signs of an allergic reaction, such as excessive drooling, itchiness, and swelling or irritation around the mouth, nose, and eyes. You’ll also want to monitor your dog for diarrhea, which may indicate that an ingredient doesn’t agree with him. Be sure to contact your vet in the case of an emergency or if you have questions.
To be safe, introduce these treats to your dog gradually, and give him just a bit of the treat at first until you know that his digestive system can tolerate the treat.