It hardly seems fair that us humans should have all the ice cream to ourselves when the heat of summer hits. But before you share a scoop of the good stuff with your dog, think about the high sugar and additives; our delicious freezer goodies aren’t always suited for our pups. Then there’s also some human ice creams that contain ingredients you should never but ever give your dog!
But that’s no reason for the dog days of summer to be a bust. Making your own, homemade summer dog treats are not only easy, it’s also a great way to keep your dog cool in the hot weather.
Here is one of our favorites from our friends at the American Association of Pet Parents:
PB & J Freezies
Here’s what you need:
- about 12 medium to large strawberries (organic is preferable)
- 3-4 spoonfuls of all-natural peanut butter
- 1/4 cup of cold water
Here’s what you do:
- Wash strawberries and remove tops.
- Blend strawberries and water together until pureed.
- Fill the empty slots of an ice cube tray approximately 3/4.
- Gently place a small, yet generous dollop of peanut butter onto each filled ice cube tray slot. (NOTE: You want to be sure that the peanut butter sinks INTO the strawberry liquid, not just rests on top).
- Place tray in freezer for several hours and allow to freeze.
Pop, serve and chill!
- For more recipes like this one plus no bake, baked and special occasion goodies, go to https://myaapp.org/dogs/15-healthy-treat-recipes-for-your-pup/
A final thought … Don’t let your dog overindulge! Summertime can be a time to indulge and just like for us humans, moderation and plenty of exercise will keep us and our pet-kids healthy and happy.