The warm weather is rolling in, and people aren't the only ones who can get uncomfortable in the heat. On particularly hot days, your dog might have a hard time cooling down. While you can sit in front of a fan and chill out with a bowl of chocolate ice cream or a fudge pop, your four-legged friend can't exactly do the same. However, you can make your pooch special treats for hot days that won't put his or her health at risk. Here are a few frosty recipes to try.
Peanut butter banana pops
Chocolate ice cream pops aren't an option for your dog, but peanut butter and banana are two healthy ingredients that will definitely be a hit. Use this recipe from The Etsy Blog next time your dog needs a cool treat.
- 1 frozen banana
- 2 tablespoons peanut butter
- 2 tablespoons honey
- Single-serving container of Greek nonfat, plain yogurt.
1. Break the banana into chunks and place them in a blender. Add the peanut butter and honey, then blend until smooth.
2. Add in the yogurt, then blend again until everything is incorporated.
3. Pour the mixture into popsicle molds or disposable cups. Stick a plastic dog toy, a sturdy twig or a hard cookie into the center if you want a popsicle stick for easy eating. Freeze until solid, for about two hours. You can also pour the mixture into an ice cube tray to make small single servings!
This one doesn't sound appetizing for humans, but it's a dream come true for dogs. This recipe from The Dogington Post will be a surefire winner that will cool your dog down and provide some tasty nutrition at the same time.
- 1 cup chicken stock
- 1/2 cup water
- 1 1/2 ounces finely chopped cooked chicken.
1. Mix all of the ingredients together into a bowl.
2. Pour the mixture into popsicle molds, ice cube trays or disposable cups and freeze until solid.
Another one that sounds a little weird to us but will be awesome for your dog, these cheeseburger pops are a great way to get rid of some of your summer barbecue leftovers. DogVacay recommends using the following recipe.
- 1 cooked hamburger patty
- 1 teaspoon grated cheese
- 3 tablespoons water or chicken stock.
1. Start by adding a spoonful of hamburger to eat popsicle mold you're using, whether it's popsicle molds, cups or ice cube trays.
2. Sprinkle cheese on top, then add in enough water or stock so the solids are covered.
3. Freeze until solid.
Which one would your dog like the best?