Keeping cool with summer snacks

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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!

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