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Green Your Life: Homemade Frozen Dog Treats

| 8/9/2010 4:51:45 PM

Summer is all about fun in the sun, especially if you include your four-legged friend. Long days at the beach and playing Frisbee in the park are just some of the ways you can bond with your buddy, but keeping your dog safe in the heat should always be your top priority. In addition to ample water and shade, surprise your pal with something cold and delicious by giving him some homemade frozen dog treats.

One of my dog’s favorite frozen treats is a simple cube of ice. He can hear the crack of an ice tray from any room in the house, and in a flash he’s there waiting for his cube. Ice cubes are an inexpensive, all-natural summer treat for dogs. To add a little pizzazz, I like to put pieces of his favorite treats in the cubes before freezing them. For a more savory delight, prepare either chicken or beef broth according to the directions, freeze in an ice tray, then serve ‘em. You can also add cooked meat to each cube before freezing for an even more flavorful treat—not to mention an extra boost of protein.

Frozen fruits and vegetables are another refreshing, all-natural summer treat option. Green beans, corn, sweet potatoes, strawberries and bananas are just a few of the tasty possibilities that offer the nutrients that dogs need. You can purchase pre-packaged frozen fruits and veggies, cut up fresh produce and freeze it, or you can pick some fresh from your own garden and freeze it.

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When temperatures soar, keep your dog cool by feeding him some great-tasting homemade frozen dog treats. Frozen bananas are just one of the many nutritious and delicious options for your dog. Photo By smiteme/Courtesy Flickr. 

If you really want to spoil your pup, go all out and make him some doggie ice cream. One of my favorite recipes is for Peanut Butter and Jelly Frozen Pops. You have complete control over the ingredients, so include as many fresh and organic ones as you can.

Although it’s a blast to make treats for your dog, you have to be careful what you put in those treats. According to the ASPCA’s list of foods to avoid feeding your pet, certain foods—including grapes, garlic, raw meat, onions and macadamia nuts—can be toxic, especially in large quantities. Check this list before you make any treats to ensure your pet’s safety. This list does include milk and milk-based products (and yogurt is the main ingredient in many frozen ice cream treats), so consult your veterinarian before you make these if you’re concerned.

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