When the summer heat starts to set in, we all like to turn to a cool treat now and then! Now, when you have your cool treat—you can offer one to your pet as well.

When the temperature rises, it is so easy for your pet to get heat stroke, and keeping your pet cool is the best way to prevent that. Keeping cool from the inside out is an easy and delicious way to do just that!  

Regular ice cream is not a healthy treat for your dog or your cat as they have a difficult time digesting dairy, and ice cream can sometimes lead to vomiting or diarrhea. We have some recipes you can make at home for your fur babies—and we think your pet is going to love them!  

 

Fabulous and Frozen for Dogs 

There are so many different combinations of delicious, frozen treats you can make for your dog, and we’ve narrowed it down to seven of our favourites:

 

 Classic Doggie Ice Cream 

This one’s a classic and made from ingredients that are perfect for you and your pet to share.  

  • 1 cup plain Greek yogurt 
  • 1 cup natural creamy xylitol-free peanut butter 
  • 1 tbsp honey 

 

Blend all the ingredients together until smooth and creamy. Place them into your preferred molds, freeze for 1 – 2 hours or until hard, then serve! 

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P B & B Frosty 

This is one you also might want to share with your dog! This tasty frozen treat whips up so smooth, so creamy, and so yummy! 

  • 1 cup plain Greek yogurt 
  • 1 cup natural creamy xylitol-free peanut butter 
  • 1 large banana 

 

Blend all the ingredients together until smooth and creamy. Place them into your preferred molds, freeze for 1 – 2 hours or until hard, then serve! 

 

Rocky Road for Rover 

The Rocky Road for Rover is absolutely positive to get your doggo drooling! Plan on this treat taking a little more time to prepare than others due to the cooked bacon portion, but trust us when we say your dog will be loving this treat! 

  • 1 cup natural creamy xylitol-free peanut butter 
  • 1 cup plain Greek yogurt 
  • ¼ cup cooked and chopped bacon  

 

Blend and mix the peanut butter and Greek yogurt well. Cook up your bacon and once cooled, chop into bits. Add the cooled bacon to the peanut butter and yogurt and mix well. Place into your favourite molds and freeze for 1 – 2 hours. Serve chilled! 

Blueberry Dreamsicles 

This is another one of those delicious fruity and frozen treats that you and your pet can share.  

  • 1 cup blueberries 
  • 1 cup plain Greek yogurt 

 

Blend all the ingredients together until smooth and creamy. Place them into your preferred molds, freeze for 1 – 2 hours or until hard, then serve! 

 

The Sweet Iced Treat 

For pooches with sensitive stomachs, this iced treat is a perfect option.  

  • 1 cup plain Greek yogurt 
  • 1/3 cup sweet potato puree (you can substitute with unsweetened pumpkin as well) 
  • 1/3 cup natural creamy xylitol-free peanut butter (optional if your pet is super-sensitive) 

 

Blend all the ingredients together until smooth and creamy. Place them into your preferred molds, freeze for 1 – 2 hours or until hard, then serve! 

Frozen Pupina Colada 

When we are in the middle of summertime heat, what is better than coconut and pineapple! Pupina Coladas are the perfect K9 summertime treat. 

  • 1 cup plain Greek yogurt 
  • ¼ cup coconut milk 
  • 2 – 3 small raw pineapple chunks (do not use canned pineapple as they are too sweet for your pooch.) 

 

Blend all the ingredients together until smooth and creamy. Place them into your preferred molds, freeze for 1 – 2 hours or until hard, then serve! 

 

No Dairy Delicious 

Not every dog can have dairy, or even likes yogurt, and we haven’t forgotten them! This no-dairy treat is a perfect dairy alternative for your dog. 

  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1 cup natural creamy xylitol-free peanut butter 
  • 1 shredded carrot 

 

Blend the coconut milk and peanut butter until smooth and creamy, then mix in the carrots until well blended. Place into preferred molds and freeze for 1 – 2 hours.  

Frosty Flavours for Cats 

Cats do not cool down in the same way dogs do. Dogs can pant and release excess heat, while cats are not able to do this. The best ways they cool themselves is to find cool, shady areas to sleep in or to cool off internally, by drinking plenty of water and by sneaking in the occasional frozen treat! 

Here are 4 tasty frozen treats we think you cat will love!  

 

Party Pate Pleaser 

This frozen treat is sure to delight your cat! It is so tasty, they will want to have a party and invite all the cats around to try some! 

  • 1 can of your cats’ favourite pate 
  • 4 – 5 of your cats’ favourite soft treat 
  • Pinch of catnip 

 

Mix the pate and soft treats together until well blended. Sprinkle in the catnip and gently mix. Place into your molds and freeze for 1 – 2 hours. Serve to your cat once frozen. 

Appletini Sardini 

This is one treat we recommend you mix up just for your pet! While an Appletini sounds pretty good on a hot summer day, I think it is safe to say we will leave the sardines to our pets! 

  • 1 apple, chopped (do not use seeds, core, or skin) 
  • 5 – 10 freeze dried sardines, chopped 
  • 1 cup goats milk 

 

Mix the chopped apple and chopped sardines together, once mixed—add goats milk. Pour into molds and freeze until fully solid. Serve frozen. 

 

Frozen Pate Patty Bites 

These treats can be frozen into molds or you can put your blended mixture into small bag, cut the tip off, and squeeze out small bite-sized portions onto parchment paper. 

  • 1 can of your cats’ favourite pate 
  • ½ cup plain Greek yogurt

 

Blend together and freeze into your favorite molds. Freeze once fully frozen, about 1 – 2 hours.  

 

Iced Broth 

This treat is easy and sure to please your kitty! Ready to freeze in minutes, and almost no mess to clean up. 

  • Use any Pet Safe Broth (mix as directed on the package) and pour into molds of your choice.

 

Freeze for 1 – 2 hours, and serve! 

On the Go Frozen Treats 

We know that making sweet treats for pets is not always easy when life is busy. At Mother Nature, we have some quick and easy solutions for when life is busy, and you still want to treat your pet.  

For dogs, we carry Boss Dog Frozen Yogurt treats. You can find them in our frozen section. For cats, pick up a package of Catit Creamy Treats. Put them in the freezer when you get home, and then simply squeeze out when frozen!

Find everything you need for caring for your pets in the heat of the summer at Mother Nature Garden Centre in Powell River, see you soon!