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Cool Summer Treats for Fido

Summer is here, and the days are definitely getting warmer. Many of us enjoy having a cool treat on those blistering summer days. Our canine buddies also love frozen snacks on sweltering afternoons. Below, a Riverside County, CA vet lists some great summertime treats for Fido.

Pupsicles

Make your furry pal his own version of this classic summertime treat by freezing dog biscuits, bits of cooked meat, or chew sticks in water or sodium-free broth. Freeze Fido’s snacks in an ice cube tray or wax paper cups to shape them.

Cheeseburger Bites

Cook up some hamburger, and add a bit of shredded cheese. (Hold the onion: it’s toxic to dogs.) Add just enough water or broth to make it a bit soupy, and then freeze it in an ice cube tray or paper cups. Instant tail wags!

Treat Toy

Fill a puzzle toy with water, and pop it in the freezer. You can also wet a rope toy and freeze that. Fido can amuse himself and enjoy a cold treat at the same time!

Doggy Ice Cream

Who doesn’t love ice cream on a scorching hot day? Make Fido his own version by mixing plain yogurt with peanut butter, pureed pumpkin, ripe bananas, or sodium-free broth. For flavors, you can add bacon bits; pieces of cooked, boneless meat, such as chicken or beef; cut-up dog biscuits; and/or cheese. You can also add dog-safe fruits, such as blueberries or strawberries.

Frozen Meat

Freeze hot dogs, cooked chicken or steak, or even jerky, for Fido. You can also get a roll of precooked sausage or lamb meat, and slice off individual pieces. Just be mindful of sizes: portions that are too small could present choking hazards. Ask your vet for advice.

Apple Snacks

Cut up some apples, and freeze them in sodium free chicken broth, using an ice cube tray. You can even add small pieces of bacon and/or cheddar if you like. Just be sure to only use the flesh of the apple: the seeds aren’t safe for Fido.

Chicken Yums

Mix sodium-free chicken broth, peas, carrots, and shredded chicken together. Freeze these into individual sizes, and dole out one or two on hot days. Chances are, your pooch will ‘woof’ them right down!

Please call us, your Riverside County, CA animal clinic, with any questions or concerns about your dog’s health. We’re here to help!

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