Homemade Doggie Ice Treats

Posted by Pia

While I'm certainly no Martha Stewart, I occasionally try my hand at creative recipes -- especially if they are for my furry family members.

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Bear explains,

1 Bear explains, "My work requires me to attend many upscale dinner events and I must admit that these treats top any hors d'oeuvres I've sampled to date."

Bruno says,

2 Bruno says, "I've tried a lot of gourmet treats in my travels and Pia's peanut butter 'sorbet' tops my favorite's list."

Henry says,

3 Henry says, "On these hot L.A. days, nothing cools me down like one of Dr. Pia's homemade ice treats."

Buckems says,

4 Buckems says, "Truth be told, I like to partake of the veggie bullion ones at 'yappy' hour."

Peach exclaims,

5 Peach exclaims, "They are simple, refreshing and low calorie...I look forward to trying the soy milk version!"

Pinky admits,

6 Pinky admits, "I'm not entirely sure what all the fuss is about. I could have made these myself"

Having sampled both flavors, Bruno adds,

7 Having sampled both flavors, Bruno adds, " I find the veggie ones to be the perfect cure for a hangover."

Tyler shares,

8 Tyler shares, "I'm pretty finicky about what I put in my body, and these treats let me indulge without having to worry about my waistline."

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)

  1. Dissolve vegetable bullion (or other stock/bullion) in hot water.
  2. Fill a bunch of paper cups halfway with bullion.
  3. Freeze until solid.
  4. 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.

Enjoy!

And send us your 'feed' back and photos to drpia.dw@gmail.com.

In kinship,

Dr. Pia Salk

Comments (6)

  • Good Morning Dr. Pia

    Yummy! Those treats sure do sound good. I printed out the recipe so I can help my mom make them for me and the Labs. Unfortunetly they won't be in my future any time soon. My mom starts a 3 day golf tournament today so there won't be any cooking in this house until Sunday night.

    I love my mom but this golf is really getting on my last Frenchie nerve. I want her to spend ALL her time with me when she's not at work. It's bad enough I have to share her with Dad and the 3 Labs but now golf!!

    Well I guess I'll just have to chew up a few rolls of toilet paper today I hope we have Charmin it's so nice and soft :)

    Zoe

  • what a great idea! will pass the recipe on...thanks for sharing Dr.Pia!

  • must be very low sodium for dogs.

  • Hello ladies, Kirby here.
    And hello to you too Dr. Pia. You have a good subject today; I love dog treats. My taste has changed in the past few years and the peanut butter treats don’t appeal to me anymore. I guess that comes with being older. As for those with lots of vegetables in them, I don’t like them very much. My dog food has some veggies in it, but I pretend that it doesn’t to please the older folk; you know what I mean. Now it’s time for my nap after my walk. By the way Bear, I like your tie. It’s really neat.
    Catch you later, Kirby.

  • Hi Dr. Pia, Thanks so much for sharing these charming photos of your wonderful family members! I love everyone of them! Thanks also for the recipe for ice treats. It only gets extra hot here a few times during the summer, but I'm sure Dudley Do Right would love those treats when it is hot. Take care and hug all of your cuties. Jan & DDR

  • I thought giving dogs ice put them at risk for bloat. Am I misinformed?

    thanks.

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