Best Summer Foods and Treats for Dogs

Here are some of the best foods and treats you can make for your dog this summer to help keep them cool

1. Frozen Yogurt Treats

Offer dog-safe frozen yogurt for a refreshing snack.

Frozen yogurt is a delicious and cooling treat for dogs. Ensure it's plain, unsweetened, and free of artificial sweeteners like xylitol. You can freeze small portions in ice cube trays or mix in dog-safe fruits like blueberries or strawberries for added flavor and nutrients.

2. Watermelon Slices

Serve fresh watermelon slices as a hydrating treat.

Watermelon is low in calories and packed with water, making it an excellent hydrating treat for dogs. Remove seeds and rind before serving to avoid any digestive issues. Cut into bite-sized pieces and offer them chilled for a refreshing summer snack.

3. Frozen Broth Cubes

Make ice cubes from low-sodium chicken or beef broth.

Freeze low-sodium broth in ice cube trays for a savory and hydrating treat. These cubes can help cool your dog down and keep them hydrated. Ensure the broth does not contain onions or garlic, which are harmful to dogs.

4. Fresh Cucumber Slices

Provide crunchy cucumber slices as a low-calorie snack.

Cucumbers are hydrating, low-calorie, and packed with vitamins. Slice cucumbers into rounds or sticks and serve them chilled. They are especially great for overweight dogs as they offer a satisfying crunch without the extra calories.

5. Carrot sticks

Use chilled carrot sticks for a crunchy, healthy treat.

Carrots are rich in vitamins and minerals and are great for your dog's teeth. Serve them chilled for an extra refreshing treat. They can be given raw or lightly steamed to soften them for older dogs.

6. Apple Slices

Serve apple slices for a sweet, vitamin-packed snack.

Apples are rich in vitamins A and C and fiber. Remove the seeds and core, then slice them into bite-sized pieces. Chilled apple slices are a sweet and refreshing treat for summer.

7. Blueberry Popsicles

Make popsicles with blueberries and water.

Blueberries are antioxidant-rich and safe for dogs. Blend them with water and freeze the mixture in popsicle molds or ice cube trays. These popsicles are a fun and nutritious way to cool your dog down.

8. Pumpkin Puree

Offer chilled pumpkin puree for a fiber-rich snack.

Plain canned pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling) is rich in fiber and nutrients. Serve it chilled or freeze small portions for a refreshing treat that can also aid in digestion.

9. Green Beans

Use frozen green beans as a crunchy, cooling snack.

Green beans are low in calories and high in fiber. Serve them frozen straight from the freezer for a crunchy, cooling treat. They are perfect for dogs on a diet or those needing extra fiber in their diet.

10. Coconut Oil Treats

Make frozen coconut oil treats for a healthy coat

Coconut oil is beneficial for your dog's coat and skin. Mix it with dog-safe fruits or peanut butter and freeze in small portions. These treats are not only cooling but also help maintain a healthy, shiny coat.

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