Everyone loves a cold snack in the summer, and our pets are no different. Not only can a homemade treat taste delicious, it’s also a great way to beat the summer heat. Our delicious and healthy recipes for summer pet treats are sure to please your pets while keeping them cool at the same time.
Summer Pet Treats
The best frozen pet treats are made with fresh, nutrient-dense ingredients. Try cutting up your pet’s favorite healthy foods into bite-size pieces, then stick them in the freezer in plastic baggies and hand them out on a hot summer day (or anytime).
It’s important to keep in mind that many people foods are toxic to pets, such as chocolate, grapes, raisins, avocado, and anything sweetened with Xylitol. Opt for the following tasty choices instead:
- Pineapple chunks
- Green beans
To keep gas and bloating to a minimum, peel and deseed fruits and steam veggies prior to freezing or refrigerating.
Mix It Up
Try whipping up a batch of “pupsicles” or “kitty cones” for your furry best friend this summer. First, mix one or more of your pet’s favorite fruits or vegetables with one of these pet-friendly bases:
- Low sodium broth
- Plain yogurt
- Natural applesauce
- Peanut butter (Xylitol free)
- Canned pumpkin puree
Then simply pour the mixture into ice cube trays, disposable cups, or single-serving yogurt containers. A fun, pet-themed silicone mold makes for an attractive frozen treat, but your pet will enjoy the taste no matter what it’s shaped like!
Additionally, try placing a few pieces of kibble, cooked meat, or cheese into the mold before adding your mixture.
A treat is just a treat! Although the vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants found in fruits and vegetables are healthy for your pet, these items should only be offered occasionally. Treats of any sort should not contribute significantly to a pet’s diet or throw off the nutrient balance provided by a high quality, species-specific pet food.
Fun in the Sun
While summer pet treats may be a great way to help your pet stay cool and hydrated on a hot day, they are never a substitute for your attention and supervision. Heat stroke is a life-threatening condition, and one that can be prevented by making sure your pet does not become overheated. Don’t allow your pet to spend large amounts of time or engage in rigorous play in the heat, and never leave your pet alone in a parked car (even for a moment!).