Warm weather is beginning to roll in and for us that means vibrant colors, sweet treats and cool refreshments. Why not provide the same experience for your dog? Here is a recipe for some tasty, veterinarian-approved homemade popsicles for dogs — or “pupsicles.”
Simple fruit and yogurt pupsicles:
Fruits and veggies are some of the best treats you can give your dog. When combined with creamy, frozen yogurt – you’re providing your dog with a tasty snack that’s also healthy for him.
Prep time 10 minutes | Total time 2 Hours | Yields at least 6 treats
16 oz. plain yogurt
Assorted fresh fruits, cut into small pieces if needed
- Spoon yogurt into a clean ice cube tray or dog treat mold.
- Top each treat with 2-4 pieces of fresh fruit.
- Freeze for at least two hours.
- Serve one to your dog, and store the rest in a freezer-safe container for one to two days.
You can also add other ingredients to your “pupsicles.” Here is what we recommend:
For the base, consider healthy options such as:
- Cottage cheese
- Peanut butter
- Natural applesauce
- Cream cheese
- Coconut oil (less than 1 tsp per treat)
- Blended watermelon
And here are some of the best tasty toppings:
- Crushed dog treats
- Cubes of cheese
- Carrot chunks
Talk with your veterinarian before introducing new ingredients to your dog and stay away from unsafe foods for dogs to avoid a veterinary emergency. Remember that treats are meant to be fed to your dog in moderation. For questions about feeding treats to your dog, contact your family veterinarian.