Keeping cool with summer snacksFamilyPet
You get to cool off during the dog days of summer with ice cream, but does your pup? You’ve probably seen Frosty Paws at the grocery store– they’re a great way to let your dog enjoy hot summer days. This do-it-yourself version lets you mix-and-match ingredients to treat your dog to what he loves best.
The basic recipe:
32 oz. plain yogurt
1 mashed ripe banana
2 tablespoons peanut butter
2 tablespoons honey
Mix all of the ingredients in a blender and put in ice cube trays to freeze. Microwave for a few seconds before serving.
Super-simple, right? Here’s where you get to mix and match:
Yogurt: Use fruit-flavored yogurt instead of plain. Vanilla, banana, and strawberry are usually a hit. Steer clear of any chocolate!
Peanut Butter: Chunky or smooth, regular or non-fat. It’s all up to you; choose based on your dog’s needs! Little dogs might want to watch out for big nut chunks, while a dog with a little extra weight should probably be served the non-fat variety.
Banana: You can substitute one large jar (5 oz.) of baby food for the banana. Have fun experimenting with flavors—meat flavors can be hard to find, but worth it!
Ice Cubes: Yep, you can even mix it up here. Paper cups, popsicle molds, and fun ice-cube molds (like hearts or bones) all work. You could even stick one inside a Kong toy if you want to keep your furry friend busy! If you’re looking for a more sustainable holder for your frozen treat, a small container with a lid is nice, and can be popped back in the freezer if your pup gets interrupted.
Extras: Get creative! Add some mango or pineapple for a little tropical flair, or blueberries for anti-oxidant power.
Let us know in the comments what worked best for your dog. Happy Summer!