CHILLY DOGS

 

It’s a scorcher out there. While it’s nice to lounge around in the A/C, chances are that you and your pooch will be soaking up the sun this summer. How can you keep Fido cool when it’s so, so hot outside? Here are some tasty treats that your dog (any maybe you) will love!
As always, it’s important to remember that treats are meant to be an occasional enjoyment. Consult your veterinarian about what DIY treats will suit your dog’s dietary needs and restrictions.
Yogurt Bites
Greek yogurt packs a little extra protein to the party. A lot of dogs love the sweetness of strawberries and their vitamin content is swell! Carrots provide beta carotene.  Apples offer lots of antioxidants and Vitamin C. Sweet potatoes are little vitamin and mineral bombs for puppies.
- Strawberries, carrots, apples or sweet potatoes
- 1 container Greek yogurt
Clean the fruit or vegetable. If you’re using apples, carrots or sweet potatoes, be sure to peel them. Chop into dog-safe bite size pieces. Dip into the yogurt. Place on a tray lined with wax paper. Freeze for 2 hours. Transfer to zip top bags and store in the freezer.
Easy Melon Ice
Dogs will enjoy the high water content of these melons. Watermelon is high in lycopene and vitamins. Cantaloupe is great for your pup’s eyesight and has loads of beta carotene.
- Watermelon or Cantaloupe
Cut the melon into chunks. Remove any seeds. Place on a wax paper lined tray and freeze for 2 hours. Transfer to a zip top bag for storage.
Frozen PBYs
Protein from the peanut butter makes this a nice snack for Fido.
- 16 oz vanilla yogurt
- ½ cup creamy peanut butter
Melt the peanut butter in a microwave-safe bowl. Combine with the yogurt. Pour into an ice cube tray and freeze.
Banana Blueberry Bites
The potassium and magnesium in a banana is a great after-play choice. Blueberries offer potent antioxidants, fiber and vitamins.
- Yogurt
- Ripe, peeled banana
- Blueberries
Slice the banana into ½ inch thick slices. Put a dollop of yogurt into the bottom of a mini silicone baking cup. Place a banana slice on top. Dip the blueberry in yogurt and place on top of the banana slice. Freeze.

 

Posted on 2015-07-20 by Amanda Harper
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