The Dog Days of Summer are here! In fact, DOGust, the unofficial shelter dog birthday, is today, August 1st. If you got your pooch from a shelter, you have our support. We love seeing pups get second chances! Of course, this is also a great time to spoil your furry best friend a bit. What better way to do that than with some frozen snacks? A Dutchess County, NY vet lists some homemade treats you can make for your pup below.
Slice up some fresh apples. Be sure to remove seeds and pips! Put them in ice cube trays. You can add shredded cheese, bacon bits, shredded chicken or turkey, and a bit of kibble. Pour sodium-free chicken broth over them and freeze.
To make pupsicles, put kibble, broken dog treats, chew sticks, shredded meat or chicken, bacon bits, and/or cheese in waxed paper cups. You can also add some dog-safe fruits, like blueberries, bananas, melons, or strawberries. Pour water or sodium free broth over the mix, and pop them in the freezer.
Get a roll of pre-cooked lamb, chicken, or hamburger and freeze it. Carefully slice off a thin piece when you want to give Fido a snack.
Cook some hamburger or ground turkey, and add water or sodium-free broth to thin it out. You can sprinkle cheese, bacon bits, or even pieces of kibble over it. Divide the mix into small portions and freeze. You may want to get a doggy freezer mold for this.
Combine ripe bananas and natural PB, and put it in a Kong toy, and freeze. You can also use organic gravy or pureed meat or poultry. Instant tail wags!
Want to try something super easy? Pick up some gourmet wet food that has a lot of water or gravy. Freeze in small portions for Fido. Voila!
These are just a few options. You can also make your own. Just don’t include any dangerous foods. Some common ones are garlic, onions, scallions, and chives; grapes, currants, and raisins; avocados and other pitted fruits; nuts; chocolate; mushrooms; caffeine; dairy products; meat on the bone; raw meat, dough, and yeast; and anything containing xylitol. Ask your vet for more information.
Do you have questions about your canine buddy’s health, diet, or care? Contact us, your Dutchess County, NY pet clinic, today!