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DIY Frozen Dog Treats

It's summertiiime, and the livin’ is…hot. And sweaty. Unfortunately, dogs don’t sweat the way humans do, so the risk of heat exhaustion increases dramatically during the summer months. Boxers are especially susceptible due to their shorter muzzles.

Check out these quick tips to beat the heat:

  • Walk your dog in the early morning or close to sunset, avoiding the middle of the day when it is hottest.

  • Avoid leaving your dog in a parked car, even if it is only mildly hot out. Remember, it only takes a few minutes to cause serious injury-even with the windows cracked.

  • Cool your pup down with a damp towel on their belly and under their legs.

Photo courtesy of ASPCA

  • Have water available at all times. If out walking, offer water to your dog about every fifteen minutes.

  • Don’t forget that hot pavement can scorch paws! To test, simply put your hand on the surface you plan to walk on. If it’s too hot for you, it’s too hot for them.

Now to the good stuff- pupsicles! These yummy treats are not only super-easy to make, but they’re also healthy—for you and your dog. You know, in case you’re tempted to sample one.

Frozen PB& J Pupsicles

Image courtesy of Hello Nature Blog

Pretty much everyone loves PB&J -- even Boxers. Here's how to turn the popular kids sandwich into a frozen summer treat for your pup.

What you’ll need:

  • 1/4 cup strawberries (fresh or frozen)

  • 1/4 cup blueberries (fresh or frozen)

  • 1/3 cup natural, unsweetened peanut butter (Make sure your PB doesn't contain sugar substitute called xylitol, which is toxic to dogs)

Combine the strawberries and blueberries in a blender until it becomes smoothie-like consistency. (You may need to add a tablespoon or two of water to get it thin enough.) Spoon the berry mixture into your ice cube tray, filling each cavity about halfway. Then top with peanut butter. Freeze for at least 2 hours.

Watermelon & Carrot Pup Pops For Hydration

Image Courtesy of Peel With Zeal

We LOVE this easy peasy two ingredient combo! Carrots are great for dogs because they’re high in vitamin A and fiber. Watermelon is 50% water so it provides extra hydration on a hot day and it‘s loaded with vitamins A, B6 and C.#doggonegood

What you’ll need:

  • 2 medium sized carrots

  • 3 Cups of watermelon

Add two peeled and roughly chopped carrots to a blender, pulse to chop them up. Then add the watermelon. Puree until smooth and pour into your molds or an ice cube tray and freeze for about 2 hours.

Minty Froyo For Fresh Breath

Image courtesy of: Parsnips and Pastries

Doggos everywhere will approve of these minty fresh treats, and guess what? You will, too, because these pupsicles help with fresh breath and also aids digestion.#blessed

What you’ll need:

  • 5 ounces plain Greek yogurt

  • ¼ cup fresh mint

  • A dash of water

Place all the ingredients in a food processor or blender and blend thoroughly. Using a silicone tray (like this Paw shaped one), fill the cavities about ¾ full. Freeze for about 2 hours or until frozen all the way through.

Why homemade dog treats?

Going homemade for dog treats is way more affordable + you’ll know exactly what ingredients are in the treats. And that’s a great combo in our book.

PLEASE! Send us photos of your dogs enjoying these frozen treats! Nothing brightens our day more than seeing well loved, happy pups, enjoying a frosty treat.


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