While I'm certainly no Martha Stewart, I occasionally try my hand at creative recipes -- especially if they are for my furry family members.
Given this summer's extreme temperatures, I decided to share a fun heat-busting recipe I posted around this time last year! Here's what some pooches with discerning palettes had to say.....
My guys love these!
Homemade Ice Treats (Snow Cones for Dogs)
- (Please note cautions below.)
- Dissolve vegetable bullion (or other stock/bullion)* in warm water.
- Fill vessel* halfway with bullion.
- Freeze until solid.
Voila! A yummy lick-able treat for pooches.
*Bullion- Be sure the bullion or soup stock does not contain onions, onion powder or garlic powder.
*Vessel- I originally recommended freezing this yummy concoction in paper cups and peeling away the cups. But given that ingesting chunks of ice may contribute to bloat (a potentially serious condition), please note the recommendations and precautions below.
While a tiny chihuahua might daintily lick her snow cone from a cup and politely dispose of the cup afterwards.... A jolly old great Dane might instead attempt to have his treat in one big bite... cup and all.
Given that dogs vary in size and fervor with which they ingest their treats...it is important to "Know Thy Dog:" Always supervise your pooch with his treat and freeze the dreamy brew in a manner that permits him to lick the treat down to nothing, rather than rendering it a one-crunch-snack. I encourage you to apply caution and some creative thinking to make safe treats for your pooch.
Some possible ideas include:
-Freezing the liquid into the center of a Kong-type hard rubber toy.
-Freezing it in an indestructible water container that allows pooch to access it with tongue only through holes in bottle.
-Create something akin to a salt lick like one a horse might savor.
Let us know what you come up with!
Dr. Pia Salk
I recently tried the above idea with peanut butter, an longtime doggie favorite. I froze a thick mixture of soy creamer (you can also use rice milk, filtered water, etc) and peanut butter, with a dollop of solid peanut butter in the center. The dogs had great fun lickin' to get to the chewy center -- entertaining and refreshing!