Vet-Approved Frozen Treats to Cool Dogs That Overheat

Written by: Loren Seldner



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As summer heats up, we all look for frozen treats to beat the heat. But as responsible pet parents, it is essential that we prioritize our furry friends' health and well-being during this season. Care must be taken to keep our beloved canines cool and comfortable as they are more susceptible to heat exhaustion and heatstroke than humans due to being unable to sweat like us. 

While we may be tempted to share our favorite frozen treats with our four-legged companions, it's important to remember that not all human food is suitable for dogs; some can even be toxic! Therefore, it is best to opt for vet-approved frozen treats designed specifically for canine consumption as these will ensure our furry pals remain hydrated and content during the hot summer months.

Dogs rely on panting as their main method for cooling off, but sometimes this alone may not be sufficient to combat rising temperatures. Therefore, it's crucial that we find ways to help our pups beat the heat and stay comfortable - offering frozen treats is an excellent way of doing both while offering an irresistibly tempting treat!

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Frozen Treats Options To Cool Your Dog

It's best to stick to vet-approved frozen treats that have been specially created for canine consumption to ensure their safety and well-being.

There are countless safe and delicious frozen treats you can easily make at home for your pup, that are vet-approved, tasty, and full of essential nutrients he or she will adore. From frozen fruit medleys to melon pops and peanut butter banana bites - the options are virtually limitless!

Frozen fruit medleys are an ideal way to keep your pup cool and hydrated on hot days. Simply dice up their favorite fruits such as bananas, strawberries, blueberries and peaches; place in ice cube trays or silicone molds filled with water or plain yogurt and freeze before giving your dog one of these healthy treats as a tasty snack - the natural sugars in fruits offer delicious sweetness while providing additional hydration during hot spells!

Melon pops are another tasty, hydrating treat perfect for hot days. Blend watermelon, cantaloupe or honeydew in a food processor until completely pureed before freezing into ice cube trays or silicone molds for a healthy treat that's naturally sweet yet hydrating - they're especially loved among dogs! Melon pops are sure to beat the heat!

Peanut butter and banana bites will surely delight those with peanut butter-craving pups. Simply puree ripe bananas in a food processor before filling an ice cube tray with this creamy mixture and adding a dollop of natural peanut butter free from xylitol (which can be harmful to dogs), adding one final dollop before freezing for best results. Not only are these delightful treats tasty but they're a good source of protein and healthy fats that your furry companion can benefit from!

Apart from homemade frozen treats, there are also ready-made popsicle kits specially tailored for dogs available on the market. These kits contain delicious yet nutritious ingredients your pup is sure to love, making it an easy and time-saving solution.

Homemade broth popsicles offer your furry friend both nutrition and irresistibility! Create popsicles from homemade lamb, beef, or chicken stock - providing not only a tasty treat but also essential nutrients that support their overall well-being.

Pumpkin and Yogurt Bites offer another creative treat option. Simply mix together ripe banana, pumpkin or sweet potato, plain yogurt (or coconut milk if your pup has dairy allergies), and freeze into molds or ice cube trays before freezing for easy distribution to pups! Fresh plain yogurt contains beneficial bacteria which may make digestion easier while coconut milk offers an alternative for those pups with intolerances to dairy.

For dogs who love to chew, stuffed chew toys filled with the delectable treats mentioned can be frozen for maximum chewing enjoyment and added licking and chewing pleasure. This interactive treat option helps keep them entertained while enjoying a refreshing treat.

And for an effective cooling treat, why not place bite-sized pieces of your pet's favorite natural jerky or chewy snacks into an ice cube tray, fill it with water, and freeze? That way they'll find a delightful surprise with every lick and bite!

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But Be Careful - Examples of Foods that Could Harm Your Dog

Not everything that humans eat, your pup should. Here's a quick guide on what to avoid:

Grapes and raisins: These can lead to kidney failure in dogs and cause symptoms such as vomiting, diarrhea, and lethargy.

Onions and garlic: These foods can damage a dog's red blood cells and lead to anemia.

Xylitol: An artificial sweetener found in sugar-free gum, candies, and certain food products. It can cause a rapid release of insulin in dogs, leading to low blood sugar and potential liver failure.

Alcohol: Even small amounts of alcohol can be toxic to dogs and lead to symptoms like vomiting, diarrhea, difficulty breathing, and in severe cases, coma or death.

Avocado: Contains persin, which can cause vomiting and diarrhea in dogs.

Caffeine: Found in coffee, tea, energy drinks, and some sodas, caffeine can be toxic to dogs and cause similar effects as chocolate.

Macadamia nuts: Can cause weakness, vomiting, tremors, and hyperthermia in dogs.

To Summarize About Frozen Treats That Cool Dogs

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When giving frozen treats to your pup, be wary and ensure their enjoyment without risk of choking hazards or accidents. Always prioritise their safety and wellbeing first.

With these delicious and vet-approved frozen treats, you can help ensure your furry companion remains comfortable and refreshed during the hotter summer months. They're sure to appreciate these cool delights on those scorching hot days of the year!

Prepare to see the joy in your pup's eyes as they try these delightful creations! Making these treats for them and seeing how much they enjoy them strengthens the bond between you and your furry pal.

As temperatures heat up, let these frozen treats be your solution to keeping your pup cool and content! Savor each special moment together as you both make memories that will stand the test of time! Make this summer season truly enjoyable together!

Stay Pawsitive!