Wondering how to treat your pup and keep them hydrated when it’s hot outside? Try adding fruits and veggies to water or water+yogurt or water+low salt broth mixture. Pour the liquid into whatever shape container or ice trays you’d like, add fruit/veggies, freeze, and serve.
Although many fruits and vegetables are safe for dogs to eat, moderation is key, so keep quantities reasonable. And if offering a new item to your dog’s diet, start with just a little and watch for any signs of tummy upset (diarrhea or vomiting, for example). As you know, fruits & veggies contain sugars and fiber, just another reason to offer small amounts to avoid tummy upset as much as possible. If you choose to use yogurt in your dog’s treat recipe, make sure to avoid sugar free yogurts as they most likely contain artificial sweeteners such as Xylitol, which is highly toxic to our pets!
Some safe fruits and veggies your pup might enjoy in a frozen treat include cantaloupe, green beans, apples, pumpkin, blueberries, watermelon, carrots, raspberries, bananas, spinach, strawberries, cucumber, and pears. Remember to remove inedible parts like leafy tops and seeds and/or rind from apples, pears, cantaloupe, pumpkin, and watermelon before offering to your dog.
Treats are great and fun to give, but remember to use in moderation. Too much of anything, regardless of how healthy it is, can cause trouble for your pup’s digestive system.
One of our clients spreads a thin layer of peanut butter in small plastic containers, fills with water, and freezes. Makes a simple, icy treat for her pup, Dallas, which helps keep her cool and hydrated