KEEP YOUR PUP COOL IN THE DOG DAYS OF SUMMER – WITH PUPSICLES! August 12 2008

Pupsicles

Summer brings with it some of the hottest days of the year. Keeping our dogs active without overheating them can be a challenge. See our summer safety tips for keeping your dog cool and learn how to recognize the signs of overheating.

For some fun cooling off, try these Pupsicle recipes! Or get creative and adapt them to your pup’s liking.

Tools: Ice cube trays or mini muffin pans
Measuring spoons
Blender or mini food processor

Pupsicle Recipe #1:

1 cup plain fat free yogurt (can substitute with low or full fat per your dog’s needs/tolerance or water down to thin out)
1/16-1/8 teaspoon honey
1 ripe banana (pureed in blender or food processor)

Optional: 1/2 tablespoon peanut butter (we use freshly ground, no additives/preservatives)
Variations: substitute banana with apple, blueberry or carrot

Prep: add yogurt to blender with banana (or apple, blueberry or other alternative fruit), puree 2 minutes, add honey, puree another minute, spoon into ice cube tray or mini muffin pans. Freeze overnight. Remove from freezer. Ask dog to sit, stay and give paw. Feed Pupsicle. Watch dog wag tail and beg for more!

With non-fat yogurt and one medium banana for the entire recipe: Calories 258, protein 15g, fat 1g, carbohydrates 50g, calcium 494mg, sodium 190mg, potassium 1050mg, phosphorus 411mg.
Divide the above by the amount of cubes you have for analysis/pupsicle.

Yields approximate 2-3 trays or pans of Pupsicles!

Pupsicle Recipe #2:

1 cup low sodium beef or chicken stock *
1/2 cup water
1.5 ounce liver pureed or chopped into very small pieces
Substitutes for liver: chicken, turkey, beef, bison, ostrich, or any other of your pup’s favorite meats. Prep: Puree meat 2 minutes (or just add chopped meat to blender or food processor), add broth and puree another 30 seconds, add water and puree 30 seconds more. Pour into ice cube trays or mini muffin pans. Freeze overnight. Feed your happy dog!

Using low sodium chicken broth and 1.5 ounces liver for the entire recipe: Calories 109, protein 15g, fat 4g, carbohydrates 3g, calcium 26mg, sodium 106mg, potassium 317mg, phosphorus 242mg.
Divide the above by the amount of cubes you have for analysis/pupsicle.

Yields approximate 2-3 trays or pans of Pupsicles!

* Be sure to use stock without onions! Best to make your own stock and control ingredients. Just be sure to skim off the fat when it cools and add water if it's very gelatinous to thin out. Remember, as with all new food or treats, be sure to introduce any new foods slowly to lesson any chance of tummy upset. Have fun and throwyourdogabone today!