Frozen Dog Treat Recipes

It's nothing better than a frozen treat for your dog on a hot summer day to cool him down after exercise. Here you will find some ideas to make healthy and delicious frozen treats for dogs.

Let's face it - who really wants to bake on a hot summer day? Besides, most dogs love frozen treats. Giving our dogs a tablespoon of ice cream (for people) as a special treat once in a while doesn't hurt, but too much is not good for dogs because it contains sugar and milk.

Fortunately, there are a lot of ingredients and easy ways to make frozen dog treats that taste as good (well, almost) as ice cream!

Here are some suggestions for frozen dog treat recipes:

Frozen Kong

Perhaps the easiest way to make frozen dog treats is to use a Kong toy. You can put a variety of yummy ingredients inside, such as:

  • Unsweetened apple sauce
  • Peanut butter
  • Plain non-fat yogurt with mashed bananas

Got a dog with a sensitive tummy? Try mixing some cooked rice (cooled down to room temperature) with low-fat cottage cheese. Use this mixture to stuff a Kong toy, and freeze it for a summer treat.

Frozen Yogurt

Another easy way to make frozen dog treats is to mix yogurt with different fruits or other ingredients and freeze the mixture in an ice cube tray.

Here are some frozen yogurt recipes for dogs:

Recipe 1: Frozen Yogurt with Banana and Spirulina

Ingredients:

Frozen Dog Treats
  • 1 cup plain, non-fat yogurt
  • 1 banana, mashed
  • 2 teaspoons spirulina

Instructions:

  1. Mix yogurt with banana (mashed).
  2. Add spirulina and mix well.
  3. Spoon the mixture into an ice cube tray and freeze it for 3-4 hours.

Spirulina is one of those "green" foods that is super nutritious, both for people and dogs. It is a powerful antioxidant that supports the immune system.

As spirulina is a rich source of essential fatty acids, it promotes healthy skin and coat.

Since the protein source from spirulina can be easily and readily absorbed into the blood stream without the body having to work too hard, spirulina is perfect for sick dogs and dogs who are suffering from appetite loss.

However, cooking at high temperature (e.g. baking) can destroy a lot of the nutrients in spirulina. One way to get our dogs to eat it is by using it to make frozen treats.

Recipe 2: Frozen Yogurt with Goji Berries

Frozen Dog Treats

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup plain, non-fat yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 2 teaspoons goji berries

Instructions:

  1. Soak the goji berries in water for a few minutes. Drain the berries and mash them up with a spoon.
  2. Add the berries and honey to the yogurt and mix well.
  3. Spoon the mixture into an ice cube tray and freeze it for 3-4 hours.

See this page for the health benefits of goji berries for dogs.

Other Frozen Yogurt Suggestions

  • Berries: If you have fresh blueberries or strawberries, coarsely chop up some and put them at the bottom of an ice cube tray, then spoon plain, non-fat yogurt on top and freeze!
  • Watermelon: Puree some watermelon, mix the puree with yogurt and spoon the mixture into an ice cube tray.
  • Blackberry Powder: Did you know that blackberry powder can stop diarrhea in pets? It's good to have a bottle at home just in case. (It is available at most health food stores.) Add a tablespoon each of blackberry powder and honey to a cup of yogurt and mix. Spoon the mixture into an ice cube tray.

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Fido's Tips

  • If your poochie is a bit chubby, consider using sunflower seed butter, which is a bit lower in fat, for the Frozen Kong.

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