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Easy (and healthy) homemade “pupsicles”

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

Ingredients:

16 oz. plain yogurt

Assorted fresh fruits, cut into small pieces if needed

Instructions:

  1. Spoon yogurt into a clean ice cube tray or dog treat mold.
  2. Top each treat with 2-4 pieces of fresh fruit.
  3. Freeze for at least two hours.
  4. 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:

  • Apples
  • Blueberries
  • Strawberries
  • Bananas
  • 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.