5 Healthy Treats to Keep Your Dog Cool This Summer

Frozen treats are one of the best things about summertime, so why not let your furry friend in on the fun? To keep Fido comfortable on those hot summer days, we have five refreshing frozen treat recipes that your dog will love.

Here’s a few quick tips before we begin:

  • Try out these treats in moderation at first to make sure your dog’s tummy adjusts well.
  • Not all Greek yogurts and peanut butter products are made equal. So, be sure your choices do not contain Xylitol, which is not a pet-friendly ingredient.
  • You can use ice cube trays for these frozen treats, but we recommend a silicone mold because they’re easier to pop out for that on-demand pup cooling. Plus, who doesn’t love a cute bone or paw shaped treat?

There are a lot of great recipes that involve a little more time and effort, but we’re sticking to the easiest treats you can try to keep your pup cool this summer. Let’s begin!

Cucumber Watermelon Frozen Treat

Since watermelon and cucumber are mostly water, this two-ingredient recipe is a great way to keep your four-legged friend refreshed and hydrated.

Ingredients:
3 cups of seedless watermelon
1 medium cucumber

Directions:

  1. Peel the skin from the cucumber and remove the seeds with a spoon.
  2. Cut the watermelon and remove the seeds.
  3. Blend the cucumber and watermelon until smooth.
  4. Add mixture to molds and freeze 3-4 hours.
  5. For a fancier look to your treats, blend the watermelon first, fill the mold 75% and freeze. Once frozen, blend the cucumber, top off the mold and freeze again.

Frozen Blueberry Treats

Blueberries are a great source of antioxidants and fiber; and with the great taste of these berries, we’re pawsitive these will be a hit with your pup!

Ingredients:
1 cup of Greek yogurt
¼ cup of fresh blueberries

Directions:

  1. Add blueberries and Greek yogurt and blend until smooth.
  2. Pour mixture to molds or ice cube tray and freeze. If it’s too thick, add a little water for better consistency.

Peanut Butter Banana Frozen Treats

We have yet to meet a pup that doesn’t love peanut butter! These frozen treats are simple to make and they have the added benefit of coconut oil. Coconut oil provides natural nourishment for your furry friend to support digestion, immune support, healthy skin, and sleek coats!

Ingredients:
1 cup of peanut butter
1 cup of coconut oil
1 banana

Directions:

  1. Measure 1 cup of coconut oil and place in mixing bowl. This will allow the coconut oil to soften while you’re preparing the rest of the recipe.
  2. Peel and cut the banana into smaller pieces and add to the mixing bowl, along with 1 cup of peanut butter.
  3. Mix, add to your molds, and freeze until solid!

Strawberry Apple Frozen Treats

We know how much our fur friends love peanut butter, so we couldn’t resist another treat with peanut butter in it. This great recipe includes berries and an apple for a little sweetness!

Ingredients:
8 medium strawberries
1 medium apple
1-2 tbsp peanut butter
Splash of water

Directions:

  1. Remove stalks from strawberries and blend until smooth.
  2. Fill each mold halfway with blended strawberries.
  3. Peel the apple, remove the core, and chop.
  4. Blend apple and peanut butter with a splash of water until smooth.
  5. Fill the rest of your molds with mixture and freeze for at 5 hours.

Frozen Chicken Raspberry Treats

Bone-based broths have healthy amino acids as well as calcium and potassium, so this treat is going to have tons of perks for your pup! But if you don’t want to make your own, you can use a high-quality bone broth from your local grocery store, or also a bone broth product made specifically for pet nutrition.

Ingredients:
1 cup of chicken bone broth
1 cup fresh raspberries

Directions:

  1. Mash up the raspberries and add the chicken bone broth.
  2. Mix or blend until everything is evenly combined.
  3. Pour into mold and freeze for a minimum of 4 hours.

There are endless possibilities for treats you can make at home for your pup, but we hope these are a great starting point that your dog will enjoy all summer! Let us know which one your furry friend likes the most and if you have any questions, feel free to reach out to us directly at (800) 940-1972 or bark@zestypaws.com.


6 comments

  • Oooh that sounds super duper yummy! Thank you for your comment, Dawn. ❤
    Let us know if there is ever anything that we can do for you or your bullies! We love to hear from our fur fans. 🐾

    Zesty Paws
  • I made the yogurt n pbutter with the Milkbone. My bullies and my pugs lov lov lov them. Thank you

    Dawn irvin
  • I am so happy that you are going to be making this today, Ivette! We would love to hear how your sweet English Bulldogs enjoy the treats so I encourage you to reach out to us directly so we can hear about them! :)

    Zesty Paws
  • Thank you so much for your feedback about our blog post and I’m so happy you tried this out for your sweet pups! We sincerely value you as a Zesty Paws customer, Mimi and if you ever need assistance, please do not hesitate to reach out to us directly. We are always here to lend a paw! :)

    Zesty Paws
  • This is so useful especially for Englishbulldogs thanks so much will be making some 2day‼️♥️

    Ivette Rey

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