summer treats for dogs

Safe Summer Treats For Dogs

What better way to cool down during the hot and humid summer months than with a cold, refreshing treat? Unfortunately, your dog's digestive system doesn't allow them to enjoy all of summer's pleasures, like ice cream. Luckily for them, there are still plenty of pet-friendly options you can make right in your own home. Discover some of the best dog-friendly summer treats that will keep your dog cool and content in the heat.

  • PB&F Ice Ring. This treat also serves as a clever game that will keep your dog occupied during backyard hangs and barbecues. Combine 4 tablespoons of peanut butter with two cups of water in a blender. Place the mixture into a bundt pan (a silicone one will work best) then sprinkle in oranges, apples, bananas, or blueberries, as these are all dog-safe fruits. Freeze the mix for about 2 hours, then let your dog enjoy!
  • Peanut Butter Puppy-sicles. If there's one human food a dog loves most, it's peanut butter. Combine a cup of peanut butter with half of a banana. Add a splash of water and mix well. Freeze the mixture for a few hours, then use an ice cream scoop to form bite-sized balls. Give them as a special treat to reward your dog on those extra hot afternoons.
  • Pumpkin Pops. Contrary to popular belief, pumpkin is a flavor that can be enjoyed all year round - by many species! For the puppy parents who can't wait for PSL season, these treats are great. Blend a can of pumpkin with 1/4 cup of yogurt, a teaspoon of honey, and 1 banana. Spoon the mixture into an ice tray and let it set for a few hours. Pumpkin is great for your dog's digestive tract, making these treats perfect all year round.
  • Frozen Watermelon Cubes. Nothing says summer like juicy chunks of watermelon. Fortunately, dogs love this summer treat as much as we do. Puree watermelon with coconut water and a dash of honey. Freeze the mixture in an ice cube tray. Bonus points to the pet owner who uses a cute ice cube shape, like a paw, bone, or watermelon!
  • Chicken Parsley Refreshers. This low-calorie treat is for the dogs who appreciate the savory delicacies in life. Mix together low-sodium chicken stock and parsley, then divide into ice cube trays and freeze. Your dog will love the flavor of the chicken stock while the parsley helps to keep their breath fresh. 

Summer can be just as hot for your dog as it is for you. Not every human food is safe for your pup, but these cool treats are. What's your favorite thing to give your pup during the summer?