Summer is right around the corner and that means hotter days filled with lots of activities. After a long hike or a game of fetch, cool off your pup with one of these delicious homemade pupsicles. You may not be able to resist eating one yourself. All the ingredients are healthy and refreshing on a hot summer day.
To start, you will need to decide which fruit you will be using and find all your ice cube trays. If you want to have a little fun, you can use a dog-themed ice tray in the shape of paw prints or bones.
Pick a fruit:
Blueberries (full of anti-oxidants)
Watermelon (great if your dog does not drink a lot of water because it will rehydrate)
Pears (remove the seeds and pit first)
Pumpkin (helps with digestion and dog’s love the taste)
If you want to add more flavor you can add any of the following:
Local Honey (this sweet nectar is full of nutrients)
Peanut Butter (be sure it does not contain Xylitol)
If you want to add a stick you can use:
To make a pupsicle you can simply mash up the fruit in a blender, and then pour into the ice cube trays. You can top with honey or anything in step 2. For variety, grab a few mint leaves and crush before mixing into the tray. If you want to add a “stick”, place it in the middle of the mixture before you place in freezer. Place in the freezer for a few hours or until hard. Then remove from tray and store in airtight containers.
Here are a few of my dog’s favorite blends
Watermelon and Coconut Milk
Strawberry Banana and Honey
Apple and Mint
Peanut Butter and Banana
Banana and Blueberry
Try Watermelon Banana Honey with this recipe from Golden Woofs.
Watermelon Banana Honey Popsicle
Chunks of Watermelon
(small bowl ~15pieces)
1 Tsp of Honey
Mix all the ingredients in a blender.
Pour into an ice cube tray or mold.
Freeze it for about 2 hours
Remember to feed in moderation. They are meant to be a treat. Feeding too much fruit, even though it has many benefits, can cause Fido to have an upset stomach.
Andrea Powell is an animal enthusiast that resides in West Michigan. When not writing, she is exploring the great outdoors with her dogs and horses.
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