It might be tempting to share your ice cream cone with your dog, but most dogs have a hard time digesting dairy. This can lead to stomach upset, gas, and diarrhea.
Yogurt has different proteins so it can sometimes be better tolerated than other dairy, plus it has the added benefit of probiotics. Some dogs have a more sensitive system than others, so pay attention to how they handle their treats and always ask your vet if you're concerned. If you do use yogurt make sure to get unsweetened yogurt and especially avoid xylitol as it is toxic to dogs.
Fruits and vegetables can make great smoothies or popsicles. Fruit and yogurt blend well, and you can add water or ice to the blender for the best consistency. You can also try freezing fruit ahead of time or buying frozen fruit.
Vegetables like broccoli and kale can work well in a smoothie too. Dogs also often like blueberries, peanut butter, even bacon! Watermelon is a great treat for dogs and can be cut into cubes and frozen. The cubes can then be blended with yogurt or water.
Vegetables like broccoli and kale can work well in a smoothie too. Dogs also often like blueberries, bananas, peanut butter, and even bacon!
A Trick to Keep Them Busy
Instead of putting blended smoothies right in their dish, try making popsicles from a mold so you can hold it for them. Then they get a treat and some fun interaction time with you.
Some toys come with a hollow interior designed for filling with food or treats. You can pour a smoothie in them and then leave them upright in the freezer. You might have to plug up the bottom hole with a treat or peanut butter. This makes a great cool treat for dogs and keeps them busy for a while.
Get creative! Specific recipes and proportions are up to you, but here are some examples:
- 8 Handmade Treats from The Dog People. These talk about molds you can buy shaped like bones.
- This site has a carrot + watermelon idea, and recipes for dog cake as well. Some of these are kid friendly too!
- More info on molds and storage.
Enjoy the dog days of summer, and happy treat making!