Staying cool has become a top priority for many of us this summer. These temperatures definitely have lots of people reaching for ice cream and other frozen snacks. Pets also enjoy cold treats on sweltering days! A Gresham, OR vet lists some that you can make your furry friend below.
You can buy ice cream for Fido in stores, but you can also make your own. You’ll need to start with some sort of base. Some of the things you can use are fat-free yogurt, ripe bananas, pureed pumpkin or squash, organic baby food, sodium-free broth, and natural peanut butter. You can then add things like liver powder, bacon bits, cheese, kibble, blueberries, peas, crushed dog treats, shredded meat, or safe veggies to customize it.
Freeze chew sticks or doggy treats in water or sodium-free broth, using small waxed paper cups. Instant tail wags!
Get Fluffy or Fido their own ice cube tray. Put a layer of goodies in it. This can be kibble, shredded meat or poultry, bacon bits, cheese, or safe fruits and veggies. Then, pour water or sodium-free broth over them. Try a few different combinations. Fluffy might like canned tuna in fish broth, while Fido may go for hamburger and bacon bits in beef broth.
Don’t forget about Fluffy! Pour some canned tuna and tuna juice over shaved ice for your kitty. You can also mix some in a blender for a smoother consistency.
If you’re looking for an easier option, get some pre-cooked lamb, chicken, or hamburger, the type that comes in a roll. Slice off a piece whenever you want to give Fido a treat. As for Fluffy, you can slice a pate-style cat food into thin pieces and freeze those. Or, put some squeezable kitty treats in the fridge or freezer for her.
Be sure to only offer pet-safe foods. Never let your furry friend have anything that contains garlic, onion, scallions, or chives; grapes, currants, or raisins; avocado; fruits with seeds or pips; chocolate; alcohol; or xylitol. Ask your vet for more information.
You don’t have to make anything complicated. Many pets enjoy plain ice cubes. You can also offer your four-legged pal frozen cubes of sodium-free broth.
Do you have questions or concerns about your pet’s health or care? Contact us, your Gresham, OR animal clinic, today!