Updated: Nov 20, 2019
Dog days of summer got you down?
Better sweeten it up by making some homemade pupsicle treats for your dog! This is something I love to do when it’s hot out. It makes my heart so happy to see Penny & Charlie happily chewing away at their pupsicles, knowing that I made them a healthy treat that they enjoy.
Let’s face it – it’s been a HOT summer. But the dogs still gotta have their walks. One thing I love to do for my pup clients after a walk is to let them cool down with some ice cubes and ice water. They love it!
At my house, our dogs generally get vegetables as snacks (they especially love it when Kasey and I are cooking & like to hang out at our feet). They grew up on it and get more excited over fresh veggies than packaged processed snacks (which we try to keep to a minimum). I generally let them have plenty of vegetables, but fruit truly is a special treat for them.
There’s nothing easier than making some homemade pupsicles! I recommend choosing organic vegetables & fruits (locally sourced in here in Virginia Beach, if possible). You can mix & match different kinds to make your own culinary masterpiece! Just make sure you are using ingredients that are safe for your pet! I like to take it easy on the fruits so there’s not too much sugar for their systems.
You can even use coconut water in place of water if you’d like to add some electrolytes.
Sorry, had to do it 😉
Some dog friendly ingredients you can try:
Watermelon (make sure there are no seeds)
Try your own combos and see what your dogs like best!
Here’s how you do it:
First, you want to take an ice cube or popsicle tray and fill it with your chosen ingredients. Try not to go too overboard with the amount of fruit you use in each one. I went with seedless watermelon, peaches, and clementines.
Next, let the pups do some taste testing. You know…. to make sure the ingredients are up to par 😉
Next, fill the trays up with water or coconut water.
You can use carrot sticks or celery sticks as the popsicle stick. Note: if your dogs are anything like mine, they will be begging the whole time ;)
Lastly, you’ll want to pop them in the freezer for a few hours (careful with those pesky carrot sticks so they don’t fall over).
Et voila! Now they are ready to enjoy!
So there you have it.
You can even put 1-2 cubes in your glass of water to help liven it up a bit for a human treat.
I hope you and your dogs enjoy your Homemade Pupsicles. Let me know what different combinations you come up with!
Hope you enjoy,