While I'm certainly no Martha Stewart, I occasionally try my hand at creative recipes -- especially if they are for my furry family members.
A friend of mine recently shared a tip for a nifty summer dog treat. I decided to give it a try, and it was a huge hit with my canines and their friends! Here's what some critics with discerning pooch palettes had to say.....
Homemade Ice Treats (Snow Cones for Dogs)
- Dissolve vegetable bullion (or other stock/bullion) in hot water.
- Fill a bunch of paper cups halfway with bullion.
- Freeze until solid.
- Before serving, peel off the paper cup.
Voila! A yummy frozen treat for pooches.
My guys love these!
Important notes: Be sure the bullion or soup stock does not contain onions, onion powder or garlic powder. Always supervise your dog to ensure that she doesn't swallow a large piece of ice.
I recently tried the above idea with peanut butter -- an old doggie favorite! I filled cups with filtered water and simply dropped a dollop of creamy peanut butter in each. Once frozen, the dogs could still see and smell the peanut butter, so they got to lickin' to get to the chewy center! Fun and refreshing!
Next time I'm going to try the peanut butter ones with rice or soy milk to make an even creamier treat!
One of the main reasons I like these treats so much is that rawhides and other such chews can be choking hazards. They also tend to expand in the stomach, at times making dogs uncomfortable or creating blockages. The ice treats cool your dog down, are long lasting and less hazardous. As with any treat though, companion animals should be supervised when eating these.
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Dr. Pia Salk