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 pupcicle for dogs”.  Your pet will love them.

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.