There’s something about the warm weather that makes people start to have cravings for yummy and sweet treats. Although that statement typically applies to people, what would make dogs any different? Of course, they want to enjoy a yummy treat with you to cool off! Unfortunately, the summer treats we enjoy aren’t always suitable for dogs. Check out these summer snacks that will help your dog cool off and keep them satisfied.
Homemade Ice Cream
Homemade ice cream is much safer for your dog than traditional ice cream. The ice cream that we eat is high in lactose that isn’t suitable for dogs. They can suffer from bloating, gas, vomiting, and more if we try to share our treats with them. A simple homemade ice cream recipe includes peanut butter, bananas, and a small amount of yogurt. Yogurt does contain lactose, but in a much smaller amount than ice cream does. Combine the ingredients and freeze them to create dog-friendly ice cream! You can even add oats, apples, and other healthy snacks your dog enjoys.
Vegan Ice Cream
If you don’t have the time to make your own ice cream, vegan ice cream is a great option you can find at the grocery store. This ice cream doesn’t contain any lactose that will upset your dogs’ stomach, but you still need to be wary of artificial sugars. Stick to either vanilla or fruit flavors and only give your dog a small amount at a time. After the first serving, observe your dog for a period of time to ensure they aren’t having a reaction to the ice cream. Avoid any flavors that contain chocolate, coffee, and raisins. Those ingredients are unsafe for your dog and if they accidentally consume them, contact a vet right away.
Summer Dog Treats
Many pet food brands have their own version of ice cream, specially made for your dog! Look in the freezer section to find “pup-sickles” and other similar items. Remember not to overfeed your pet these sweet treats and use them as on occasional indulgence instead.
We recommend sticking to cold or frozen treats during the hot summer months. They will help keep your dog cool, hydrated, and happy! Some dogs even enjoy chewing on an ice cube or frozen fruit. Summer treats for your pup don’t need to be fancy, they just need to be cool and refreshing!