At this time of year, it’s probably safe to say that many of you have your freezers stocked with cold treats. Arizona summers are no joke! This time of year can also be tough on our canine pals. Why not make Fido some frozen snacks? A local Mesa, AZ vet suggests a few good ones below.

Yogurt Bones

Combine plain yogurt with pureed pumpkin, peanut butter, or organic baby food. You can add berries, bananas, carrots, or bits of kibble. Then, freeze it in small molds. (You may want to get bone-shaped molds, so you can differentiate Fido’s snacks from everyone else’s.)

Frozen Yums

Put a chew stick or dog biscuit into a waxed paper cup, and pour sodium-free beef broth or water over it. When you want to give Fido a yummy snack, just pop one out of the cup.

Kong Toy Fun

Does your furry buddy enjoy Kong toys? Fill Fido’s plaything with water, organic baby food, gravy, or broth, then freeze it. Voila!

Banana/PB Bites

Mix ripe bananas with natural PB, and freeze in small portions. You may even want some of these for yourself!

Doggy Ice Cream

This will definitely get Fido’s tail wagging! For a base, you can use sodium-free broth, pureed pumpkin, bananas, natural peanut butter (make sure it doesn’t contain xylitol), organic baby food, or plain yogurt. You can customize these snacks by adding bacon bits, kibble, shredded meat or cheese, or dog-safe fruits and veggies.

Pupsicles

Put shredded meat or chicken, pet-safe fruits and veggies, or doggy treats in an ice cube tray. Pour water or sodium free broth over them, and then freeze. Experiment with different combos to see what your canine companion likes best. Steak and cheese? Apples and chicken? Fish and peas?

Pre-cooked Yums

Get a few rolls of cooked lamb or sausage, and keep them in the freezer. When you want to give Fido a snack, carefully slice off a thin piece.

Brr-grrs

Add some water to some plain, cooked hamburger. Put the mixture into ice cube trays or small molds. Top with bacon bits and/or cheese, and freeze overnight.

Tips

These are just a few options. Feel free to mix and match! Just stick with pet-safe foods. Ask your vet for more information.

Please contact us, your local Mesa, AZ vet clinic, with any questions or concerns about your dog’s health or care.