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DIY Summer Frozen Pet Treats for Dogs and Cats

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Essential Pet Blog

If summer is hot for you, then it’s definitely hot for your fur babies, too! While you’re treating yourself to yummy hydrating foods or delicious summer water-infusions, your K9 and feline friends are panting for a treat too. That beautiful coat of theirs must be so hot!

We know your pets are like your children, so why not treat them to something special this summer? Try making your own DIY frozen pet treats, you can give your pet a refreshing and delicious surprise that will also keep them cool!

DIY Frozen Pet Treats for Summer

You know your dog or cat best, so when following these recipes, pick foods that you know they’ll like. Feel free to substitute the ingredients, but also double-check that whatever you give to your pet is safe for them to eat.

Tasty Frozen Cubes

This one is super easy. All you’ll need is an ice tray and your pet’s favorite liquid. Chicken or beef stock are great places to start. If you want to do something even more special for your friend, fill the ice tray halfway with their preferred broth, place a treat or piece of meat in the middle and slightly freeze, then fill up the other half. Warning: they’re going to want more!

Stuffed Hollow Rubber Toy

This project is basically the same as the one above, but instead of filling an ice tray, you’ll fill your dog’s hollow rubber toy or Kong. There are hollow toys for cats as well if you want to try this for them, too!

Plug all of the holes (except for the one) with either dog treats or unsalted peanut butter. You don’t want it to leak! With the one unplugged hole, fill the toy with your pet’s favorite liquid, like chicken or beef stock, and set it up-right in the freezer. Once it’s frozen, give it to your pet, and they’ll stay busy for hours! Just be sure to provide this treat for them outside as it’s bound to make a mess.

Frozen Pops for Pets

Making fruit popsicles for your pets is super easy! Cut up one banana and place it in the freezer. Once frozen, blend with a few tablespoons of plain yogurt. Make sure the yogurt doesn’t have any sugar, flavors, fruits, or artificial sweeteners. Double-check the label and make sure the yogurt doesn’t contain xylitol, which can be harmful to dogs. If you don’t want to use yogurt, then you can opt for coconut cream. Use both of these options in moderation; they’re only needed to make a creamy base for the popsicle.

Once you’ve blended the banana and yogurt, feel free to add your choice of other ingredients your pet will like. You can throw in bacon bits for a meat option, carrots or watermelon if your pet has a sweet tooth. There’s no right or wrong answer here! Just be sure your ingredients aren’t harmful for your pet.

Next, you’ll pour the mix into a popsicle mold. As for the “stick” of the popsicle, feel free to get creative! Choose a stick-shaped treat, so the entire popsicle is edible.

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