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How to Make Easy and Healthy Frozen Dog Treats

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 My sweet baby Bella has been replaced by a rapidly growing adolescent, full of puppy spunk and what feels like teenage angst.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.
5 stars from 3 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
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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

© 2013 Robyn D Bera

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tillsontitan 3 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.


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Sugahware 3 years ago from California Author

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.


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sckeith 3 years ago

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


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Sugahware 3 years ago from California Author

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.


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emshappyk9s 3 years ago from Clovis CA

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


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Thelma Alberts 3 years ago from Germany

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


DogLover 3 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!


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Sugahware 3 years ago from California Author

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


Genie Mom 3 years ago

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


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Sugahware 3 years ago from California Author

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

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