When the weather hots up, few things are more satisfying than indulging in our favorite summer treats.
It hardly seems fair for your pup to miss out.
Here are our favorite ideas for refreshing and delicious summer treats that your dog can enjoy while you’re chilling out with your ice cream or ice-cold beer.
If the countless videos of dogs eating watermelon that have taken social media by storm this summer are anything to go by, this is one all-natural treat your pup is going to love. As well as having a high moisture content that make it wonderfully refreshing especially when chilled, it’s also full of nutrients including potassium, magnesium and vitamins A, B6 and C. Remove the seeds before offering it to your pup and don’t let him eat the rind as these can be difficult to digest.
Carrots are packed with benefits that make us think Bugs Bunny was definitely on to something. Not only will gnawing on this low-calorie snack everyday help to support your dog’s dental health by gently scraping away pesky plaque, he’ll also get a dose of Vitamin A which will give his immune system a boost while supporting eye, skin and coat health. The high fibre content in carrots will also help to keep him regular. Be sure to keep an eye on your pooch when he’s chewing just in case any pieces become a choking hazard.
You know what they say: an apple a day keeps the vet away. As well as being great for keeping your pups gnashers healthy and plaque-free, this crunchy treat is also rich in fibre and Vitamins A and C. Be sure to remove the seeds and core before feeding to your dog as these can be easy to choke on.
- Green Beans
Low in calories and packed with vitamins and iron, fresh green beans with no added salt make a delightfully crunchy snack for your pup. They’re also a great source of fibre which helps to satisfy hunger whilst keeping your pup’s gut healthy.
- Grilled meat
If you’re firing up the BBQ, your meat-loving pooch won’t want to miss out on the action. Why not give him a break from kibble with some delicious grilled chicken, beef or pork. It’s best to keep it plain with no sugary sauces, onions, garlic or scallions which can be toxic to your dog. You should also make sure that there are no bones or skewers in the meat which can be dangerous.
Don’t forget the sides! Scrape some corn off the cob (which is a choking hazard) and serve as the perfect accompaniment to your pup’s BBQ meat.
- Flavoured Ice
Dogs love to play with ice cubes. Why not up the flavour factor by filling an ice tray with chicken or beef stock and freezing for a cooling treat that will satisfy his meat cravings.
- Frozen Kong
If you’ve ever seen a dog with a kong, you’ll know they are a great way of keeping your pup occupied. Try filling one with his favourite soft treat like peanut butter and freezing. That way the food takes longer to get out, upping the entertainment value. As well as being a tasty and refreshing treat for your pup, we’re certain these will become your secret summer weapon. Keep some stashed away in the freezer and deploy when your restless pup is cooped up inside because of the heat or if the summer BBQ you’re hosting has him a little over excited. It’s sure to keep him quiet.
- Doggy ice cream
Think summer, think ice cream! Most of us have been having a life-long love affair with the frozen dessert since our first taste and there’s no reason your dog can’t experience the same levels of joy. We don’t recommend sharing your ice cream with your pup as it’s bound to give him an upset tummy, but there are plenty of dog-friendly, lactose-free alternatives available in pet stores and online.
Your dog will love you even more for whipping up a batch of these frozen delights. They’re so easy to make and the natural ingredients make them a great way to spoil your pooch. From PB&J to pumpkin and banana, there are countless flavours to choose from. Find recipes online or get creative and come up with your own using your dog’s favourite ingredients.
This is one treat we shouldn’t take for granted. When temperatures soar, keeping your pup hydrated with plenty of cool, clean water should always be your top priority.
REMEMBER: While we all love to spoil our beloved pups, over-feeding with treats, especially on lazy summer days, will cause your dog to gain weight. Keep everything in moderation and make sure that treats never make up more than 10% of your pup’s total diet to make sure he stays beach body ready.