Summer is officially here! While you’re busy lounging by the pool, dining on your favorite restaurant patio and hanging out at the beach, don’t forget that the steamy temperatures can be uncomfortable – and even dangerous – for your furry, four-legged friend. Dogs are at risk for heat stroke, and precautions must be taken to ensure they keep cool on the hottest days.
While an air-conditioned house is the ideal place for a sweaty pooch, there will be times when you want to bring your canine companion along on a picnic in the park or to a backyard barbeque. One way to keep Fido cool as a cucumber on your summertime adventures is to pack a frozen treat or two in an insulated bag. If you’re not up for making your own doggie ice cream, don’t worry. There are plenty of healthy foods you can freeze into treats that will keep your dog cool and occupied.
That’s right – water! Many dogs love chasing a slippery ice cube and taking a satisfying, crunchy bite. This is also a good way to make sure your dog stays hydrated during warm summer days.
2. Chicken or beef broth
Like water, low-sodium chicken or beef broth can be frozen into tasty cubes your dog can savor and lick. You can even buy ice cube trays in the shape of little bones to make your treats feel more authentic.
Wash and freeze fresh blueberries from your garden or the farmers’ market for a healthy treat your dog will love. Their small size makes frozen blueberries great for training. Buy a bag of frozen blueberries for zero prep!
You can make two-ingredient frozen watermelon treats for your dog. Simply combine a quarter of a seedless watermelon with 1 can of coconut milk, blend until smooth, pour into treat molds or an ice cube tray, and freeze.
If you have a big dog, you can peel a banana and freeze it whole for a yummy, healthy chew toy. Smaller dogs will fare better with half of a banana or frozen slices they can nibble on.
Dogs love the taste of pumpkin and it can help soothe digestive issues. Simply scoop small amounts of 100% pumpkin in a can (not pumpkin pie mix!) into an ice cube tray and freeze.
7. Peanut butter
What dog doesn’t love peanut butter? It’s packed with protein, healthy fats, niacin, vitamin B and vitamin E. Smear a small spoonful in your dog’s KONG or another toy and put it in the freezer. Check your peanut butter to make sure it doesn’t contain any sugar substitutes, which can be deadly for dogs.
Did you know frozen carrots make amazing dog chew toys? Teething puppies are especially appreciative for the cooling action. Choose the largest carrot you can find to prevent choking, and be sure to wash it before you freeze.
While it’s fine to give your dog these healthy “people” foods in moderation, treats should make up a small portion of your pup’s diet. Choosing a high-quality dog food like CANIDAE® will ensure your furry best friend is getting the best nutrition at mealtime.