5 Fun Summer Treats for Your Pet
For pet owners, summertime is all about having fun in the sun with their dogs. When the sun is out and the weather is warmer, however, it’s important to make sure your dogs have what they need to stay hydrated and cool in order to avoid heatstroke. The following summer treats (that you can make yourself) are a fun way to keep your pet cool and reward them for being such a good dog.
5 Refreshing Summer Treats for Your Pet
1. Ice Water
If you’re short on time, you can turn your dog’s regular dish of water into a fun treat by simply adding a few ice cubes. Your pup will enjoy crunching the ice cubes, and they’ll keep the water cooler for longer.
2. Frozen Fruit
Frozen fruits in bite-safe sizes for your dog can be a great treat during the summer. You can freeze fruits like watermelon, banana, strawberries, or blueberries. Just be sure you choose fruits that are safe for your dog to eat. Several kinds of fruit are toxic for pets, and any fruit with a pit is a choking hazard.
3. Dog-Safe Ice Cream
Regular ice cream that’s made for people is not safe for dogs to eat. However, you can make your dog their own dog-safe ice cream with relative ease. Simply add banana, a little plain yogurt, and peanut butter (xylitol-free) to a blender. Puree the mixture until it’s smooth. Pour it into an ice cube tray or candy mould and freeze.
4. Frozen Kong
Add your pet’s favourite mixture of treats and xylitol-free peanut butter to their Kong toy and pop it in the freezer before playtime.
5. Frozen Toy Cake
Place a few of your pet’s favourite small toys into a large baking dish or container. Cover them with water and freeze. Then turn the giant toy-filled ice cube out in your backyard.
Nutritional Counselling and Weight Management for Your Pet
While you have fun creating all sorts of refreshing summer treats for your pet, it’s important to remember that you still need to be mindful of how many calories your pet is consuming throughout the day. To ensure your pet is receiving the proper balance of calories and nutritional content, we welcome you to schedule nutritional counselling and weight management appointment for your pet with one of our veterinarians at Sage Creek Animal Hospital. We can help you determine a proper diet of daily meals, treats, and supplements to be sure your pet stays healthy and happy.