Does your dog like treats? If not, you probably should make an appointment for him right away, because that’s definitely unusual. Most of our canine patients absolutely love snacks! While Fido will always be happy with his regular treats, you may want to spoil your pooch a bit this month and give him something cold and delicious. Read on as a local Bend, OR vet lists some frozen doggy treats.
Doggy ice cream is a ‘pawesome’ summer snack for Fido. You can find some in pet stores or supermarkets, but it’s also pretty easy to make your own. For a base, you can use things like natural peanut butter, ripe bananas, pureed pumpkin, sodium-free broth, organic gravy, or plain yogurt. For ‘toppings,’ add things like bacon bits, shredded meat, cheese, liver powder, or dog-safe fruits and veggies. Experiment with a few different combinations, and see what your pup likes best.
To make pupsicles, you want to start by putting some yummy snacks into waxed-paper cups or an ice cube tray. You can use shredded meat, pieces of kibble, small or broken dog treats, or even bits of bacon. Pour sodium-free broth or water over them, and freeze overnight. This is another option where you can mix and match. Combine turkey, peas, and rice with sodium-free broth, or add water to hamburger, cheese, and bacon bits.
Freeze a roll of precooked lamb, pork, or sausage. Carefully slice off a thin piece when you want to give Fido a treat. Just make sure to portion it right, so he doesn’t choke.
Who says Fido’s snack has to be complicated? Freeze sodium-free broth overnight in ice cube trays, and give your pup one or two at a time on hot days. Instant tail wags!
Another option is to get some wet food that has a lot of moisture or gravy. Add water to thin it out, and then freeze that in small portions. Or, mix some of Fido’s food with ice in a blender.
Always stick with safe foods! Never give Fido anything that contains garlic, onions, scallions, or chives; grapes, currants, or raisins; avocados; produce with seeds or pips; meat on the bone; chocolate; nuts; or xylitol. Ask your vet for more information.
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