Puppy Ice Pops Recipe
Puppy Ice Pops Just for Dogs
As the sizzling dog days of summer approach, your pampered dog may look at you with languid eyes as you refresh yourself with a delicious ice cream cone or popsicle. You know for a fact that those chocolate bits aren't good for him and that all those artificial colors, flavors, and sweeteners can do more harm than good. That dairy in the ice cream can also cause some GI upset. Wouldn't it be great if your dog could also enjoy a "pupsicle"? Puppy ice pops are a healthy solution that will keep your dog happy and refreshed during those soaring temperatures. These dog-friendly treats are very easy to make and use simple ingredients that you most likely already have in your kitchen.
Best of all, you can rotate flavors so that your dog won't ever get tired, and you can surprise him every time. It doesn't hurt to get creative, as long as you know what foods are safe to feed your dog and which foods are harmful to dogs and should be avoided. Do your research well as there are many unsuspecting ingredients that can be harmful to your dog.
Puppy Ice Pop Recipes Just for Dogs
You most likely imagine ice pops for dogs to look similar to ice pops for humans, but the actual popsicle stick used for human ice pops can be a choking hazard to dogs and may also cause a dog intestinal obstruction. And don't assume that if you hold the stick while your dog licks as the picture in this article portrays, your dog is safe. Countless dogs have still been able to swallow these sticks even when held by their owners. So skip the popsicle stick and play it safe by using ice cube trays or safe Kongs instead. The following are some puppy ice pop recipes just for dogs.
- Banana Peanut Butter Ice Pop
Mix some organic peanut butter (make sure it's not sweetened with xylitol which is toxic to dogs!) with a little bit of water and about half mashed banana. Place the mix into your ice cube tray and serve when frozen. Alternatively, you can stuff your dog's Kong with this mixture for a longer lasting treat.
- Treat Galore Ice Pop
Place some water in the ice cube trays and insert in the middle your dog's favorite treats or a few of his kibble. Once frozen, the treat will be suspended inside the ice cube and your dog will need to melt the ice cube to get to it. This is a great way to keep your dog hydrated and entertained.
- Chicken Broth Ice Pop
If you have some left over chicken, toss in a pot and make some good broth by adding a few carrots and peas. Skip the garlic and onion as they're harmful for dogs. Then strain the broth with carrots and peas and place into ice cubes or Kong and serve to your dog. Homemade broth is preferable to store bought broth which can be too high in sodium or may contain onion and garlic.
- Hydrating Ice Pops
On a very hot day,you may be concerned about your dog not being able to hydrate enough. In such as case, give your dog a treat while helping him recuperate some electrolytes. In this case, freeze some Gatorade or Pedialyte for your pooch.
- Pumpkin Pops
In this case, use plain canned pumpkin and mix with a few crushed dog cookies. Freeze in ice cube trays or inside a Kong. Make sure that you use plain pumpkin and not the pie filling with all those spices added.
- Yogurt Apple Butter Pops
Mix a cup of plain yogurt with 2 tablespoons honey, 2 tablespoons peanut butter and 1/3 cup applesauce. Place in the ice cube tray and serve these healthy treats to your pooch.
- Strawberry Mint Ice Pops
Want your pooch to be refreshed and at the same time have some refreshing breath? Try to blend some organic strawberries with a few mint leaves and some coconut water. Note: avoid pennyroyal, a member of the mint family which can be harmful to dogs.
* Note: these ice pops are to be used as an occasional treat. Because they can be messy, they are obviously best served outside. If your dog has allergies or any other medical condition, don't use ingredients that can trigger problems and always ask your vet about ingredients you are 100 percent not sure about.
Getting Fancy Dog Ice Pop Results
Your dog may care less about the shape of your ice pops, but what if you care? You may have a party and want to have some refreshments for pooches or may want to impress your family and friends. Then invest in some time on making adorable shapes that will make those dog ice pops stick out and impress. Here are some tips:
- Invest in a Kong Easy Freeze Kit. This kit will allow you to dish out adorable dog ice pops shaped like a Kong. Best of all, you can purchase mixes that already come flavored. Will your dog have chicken soup, juicy apple, white cheddar or sweet potato tonight?
- Purchase fun shaped ice trays. You may be lucky to find bone shaped ice trays, dog shaped ice trays and paw shaped ice trays so you can stay on theme.
- If you are hosting a party, make the dog treats shaped as the theme of the party. For instance, on a scorching fourth of July holiday, you can use ice trays shaped as flags or stars.
The sky is the limit when it comes to mixing your dog's favorite foods to turn them into refreshing summer treats. Have fun!
Disclaimer: this article is not to be used as a replacement for professional nutritional advice.