How to Make Easy and Healthy Frozen Dog Treats

Updated on October 15, 2016
There are endless variations to these treats! Shown here with carrots, sweet potatoes, egg shells and gizzards.
There are endless variations to these treats! Shown here with carrots, sweet potatoes, egg shells and gizzards.

Great for Teething Puppies and Dogs

My sweet little 6 month old Shepherd Mix just turned on me. But I know she doesn’t mean it.

It feels like just yesterday she was 10 weeks old - fragile, gentle, and always eager to please with those floppy ears and big brown eyes lined in perfect black eye liner. But infancy never lasts long with puppies. My sweet baby Bella has been replaced by a rapidly growing adolescent, full of puppy spunk and what feels like teenage angst. The trifecta of barking, yapping, and chewing. It’s repetitive and constant but not entirely her fault. I have a teething puppy on my hands.

Much like humans, puppies lose teeth continually for several months, off and on. It’s often painful and uncomfortable. Most puppies have their full set of adult teeth by approximately 8 months. During this time puppies want to chew to alleviate the pain and to loosen their baby teeth.

These liver cubes are sure to please any puppy or adult dog. They will keep your pup busy for at least a few minutes. They are cheap, healthy, and very easy to make. Bella absolutely loves them.

Ice cubes are safe for puppies and dogs – my 4 year old Shepherd Mix loves them too.

Bella at 8 months. Always in a perfect sit for a cool meat treat. It happens to be over 100 degrees when this was taken. The perfect snack for a hot day!
Bella at 8 months. Always in a perfect sit for a cool meat treat. It happens to be over 100 degrees when this was taken. The perfect snack for a hot day!
Sweet little Bella at 10 weeks. She was rescued from a WalMart parking lot.
Sweet little Bella at 10 weeks. She was rescued from a WalMart parking lot.
Carrot and Liver discs and cubes.
Carrot and Liver discs and cubes.

Change up the ingredients to keep your dogs interested!

You can use any combination of ingredients for these. There are many human foods that are beneficial to your dog’s health. Sweet potatoes, carrots, liver, and gizzards are just a few examples. Read more about safe foods for dogs.

Use any type of molds. I make discs with old Tupperware dishes for outside fun. Small cubes with ice trays for bedtime and the crate. And Popsicle sized ones for afternoon snacks.

Sweet Potato and Chicken Liver Cubes shown here in two different shapes using ice cube trays and popsicle trays.
Sweet Potato and Chicken Liver Cubes shown here in two different shapes using ice cube trays and popsicle trays.

Organ Meat Is Good For Dogs

Of course you could make these vegetarian. But why? Small amounts of organ meat is good for dogs! Liver for example, has Vitamin A, copper, iron, zinc, phosphorus, protein, B vitamins, and Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids - all of which are excellent for your dog! Chicken gizzards have protein, iron, minerals, vitamins C, E, and B, and they contain glucosamine which helps with arthritis problems. Your dog will love organ meats and get healthier in the process.

It is important to remember that organ meat should be fed in moderation. Too much liver is harmful to both dogs and humans, and can actually cause an overdose of Vitamin A. The general feeding guideline for feeding liver is as follows:

  • Small Breed: twice a week
  • Medium Breed: four times a week
  • Large Breed: 6 times a week.

I feed all organ meats in moderation and plump my cubes mostly with sweet potatoes, organic eggs, and/or carrots. Each of my frozen liver cubes contains only a small amount of liver, so the above guideline can be increased. Use your own judgment here based on the size of your dog and the amount of liver used.

A word on organic: it is pretty important to at least consider buying organic organ meats. The organs, particularly the liver, process harmful toxins from the body. Do your dog a favor and make sure there are no hormones or antibiotics in his organ meat.

My 4 year old shepherd mix, Zonix, gently taking his treat from my hand.
My 4 year old shepherd mix, Zonix, gently taking his treat from my hand.
3.8 stars from 8 ratings of Puppy Cubes

Recipe

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 20 min
Ready in: 30 min
Yields: Makes 24-36 ice cubes (2-3 ice cube trays)

Ingredients

  • 4 cups Water
  • 1 Sweet Potato
  • 3/4 pound Organic Chicken Liver
Click thumbnail to view full-size
Ready for the freezer!Basic ingredients include liver and a sweet potato. Adding liver to cooked potatoesFinished stew. Now wait to cool.Chunks only. Put the chunks in the trays first. Then fill with broth.
Ready for the freezer!
Ready for the freezer!
Basic ingredients include liver and a sweet potato.
Basic ingredients include liver and a sweet potato.
Adding liver to cooked potatoes
Adding liver to cooked potatoes
Finished stew. Now wait to cool.
Finished stew. Now wait to cool.
Chunks only. Put the chunks in the trays first. Then fill with broth.
Chunks only. Put the chunks in the trays first. Then fill with broth.
  1. Chop sweet potato into cubes. Place in medium saucepan. Cover with at least 1 inch of water (the more water, the more ice cubes you'll make). Boil for 10-15 minutes until soft. Mash slightly with a potato masher.
  2. Carefully add liver to boiling water. Bring back to a boil. Turn off heat. Cover. Let sit for 5 minutes.
  3. Remove lid. Using the potato masher, mash liver potato mixture slightly. Remove from heat completely. Let cool 30 minutes.
  4. Using a slotted spoon, spoon chunks into ice cube trays. Be careful to place some chunks into each cube, filing each tray approximately halfway. Then, using a ladle, spoon the broth into the trays over the chunks. Carefully place in freezer until solid. Then pop them out and go and play with your dog!

Sources

The Daily Puppy

Vet Info: The benefits of Liver for Dogs

This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. It is not meant to substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, or formal and individualized advice from a veterinary medical professional. Animals exhibiting signs and symptoms of distress should be seen by a veterinarian immediately.

Questions & Answers

    © 2013 Robyn D Bera

    Comments

      0 of 8192 characters used
      Post Comment

      • profile image

        Johnc721 

        4 years ago

        You are a really persuasive writer. I can see this in your writeup. You've a way of writing compelling info that sparks significantly interest. bceakggefebb

      • profile image

        Johna538 

        4 years ago

        Good post. I study something more challenging on completely different blogs everyday. It is going to all the time be stimulating to learn content material from different writers and practice somewhat one thing from their store. I edakfcbddffe

      • Sugahware profile imageAUTHOR

        Robyn D Bera 

        5 years ago from California

        I'm so glad your dogs liked the treats, GenieMom.

      • profile image

        Genie Mom 

        5 years ago

        I just made these for my dogs and they love them.

      • Sugahware profile imageAUTHOR

        Robyn D Bera 

        5 years ago from California

        Great Doglover! Thanks for stopping by. I'm hope your dogs enjoy their treats!

      • profile image

        DogLover 

        5 years ago

        What a great idea! My dogs are roasting in this heat and I was trying to find a cheap, simple way to cool them down. Looks like I've found it. I have all these ingredients at home and I will make them tonight!

      • Thelma Alberts profile image

        Thelma Alberts 

        5 years ago from Germany and Philippines

        This is a great idea for my dog Angus. I´m sure he will love it. Thanks for sharing. I´ll try this soon;-)

      • emshappyk9s profile image

        Emily Scott 

        5 years ago from Clovis CA

        Very nice enrichment idea. Thank you for sharing and I look forward to more of your hubs!

      • Sugahware profile imageAUTHOR

        Robyn D Bera 

        5 years ago from California

        They will LOVE them. We just hit 100 degrees here in California so I've been making lots of cubes, discs and popsicles! Thanks for stopping by.

      • sckeith profile image

        sckeith 

        5 years ago

        Great idea. I can't wait to try this for my pups.

      • Sugahware profile imageAUTHOR

        Robyn D Bera 

        5 years ago from California

        Thank you thank you for your comment and feedback as I am new to Hubpages. Yes, my 4 year old dog loves them too. I make saucers in old Tupperware dishes and can get a couple tosses of Frisbee in before he starts chewing it up.

      • tillsontitan profile image

        Mary Craig 

        5 years ago from New York

        What a great idea, not just for teething puppies but for all dogs that like to chew! Your Bella is adorable and your step-by-step photos are very useful.

        Voted up, useful, and interesting.

      working

      This website uses cookies

      As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, pethelpful.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

      For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://pethelpful.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

      Show Details
      Necessary
      HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
      LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
      Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
      AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
      HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
      HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
      Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
      CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
      Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
      Features
      Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
      Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
      Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
      Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
      Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
      VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
      PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
      Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
      MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
      Marketing
      Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
      Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
      Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
      Statistics
      Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
      ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
      Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)