Always supervise your dog with food, particularly frozen treats, bones or anything that could pose a choking problem! Bone Appetite
The dog days of summer are hot on all of us; imagine how hot it feels with a fur coat! Our dogs are always looking for AC, shade, and cool water. Dogs enjoy cooling summertime smoothies just like we do, and they can even be a health booster, particularly if your dog is a kibble dog. Each of the healthy recipes here should be pureed in a blender before serving. Then, you can serve appropriate-sized servings straight from the blender or freeze in silicone freezer trays. We don’t recommend using ice cube trays unless you plan to closely supervise your dog during his snack. Dogs can choke when gobbling frozen treats, much like a toddler. Larger-shaped molds that are more shallow or filled shallowly should provide your dog with more “licking” than gobbling.
Fruit & Almond Butter
1 cup of berries - (strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries all have great antioxidant benefits. You can combine fruits or include them individually for more variety.) 1/4 cup of water 1 Tbs. of xylitol or birch sugar free peanut butter. Check the label before adding it to the smoothie; your dogs will like it just as well without the peanut butter if you don’t have a variety without it. Xylitol and birch sugar are toxic to our dogs and are a common ingredient in peanut butter.
Wash the fruit carefully, no need to top the strawberries; the greens offer additional health benefits when fed in moderation.
Cantaloupe Ice Cream
2 cups of diced cantaloupe - no rind 2 Tbs of plain yogurt
1 banana 1 1/2 cups diced watermelon - seeds and rind removed 1 cup of diced pineapple
1 diced cucumber 2 Tbs of water 5 or 6 ice cubes This is one your dog will likely prefer fresh and slushy.
Turmeric has many health benefits, including reducing inflammation in the body, and it may have cancerpreventing effects. However, you should check with your vet before adding turmeric to your dog’s diet. Too much can interfere with canine medications.
1 large carrot 1 orange - peel and discard the rind 1 tsp of lemon juice or the juice of 1/2 lemon 1 tsp turmeric 1 cup water 5 or 6 ice cubes This one is also a smoothie that your dog will likely prefer fresh and slushy.