Frozen Yogurt Treats for Your Dog
With the warmer weather on its way, people are getting out with their pets. Just like people, dogs love a cool frozen treat on those hot and humid dog days of summer. One of the best things to have on a hot day is frozen yogurt. It's healthy and good for you. But what about your dog?
Dogs can have difficulty digesting dairy products. However, the probiotics found in yogurt aid your pooch’s digestion. It’s very easy to make these treats. By making your own, you get to make sure all the ingredients are just the way you and your dog like it!
Here are some recipes to try.
Garlic Tuna Frozen Yogurt (From Bullwrinkle.com)
- 1 large plain Greek or vanilla yogurt. If you are using sweetened yogurt, make sure that it is sweetened with sugar or honey, not artificial sweetener.
- 1 Small can of tuna packed in water (drained)
- 2 tsp garlic powder - Garlic can serve as a natural flea repellent!
- Approximately 24 plastic bathroom or dispenser cups
Combine all ingredients in a bowl. Put into the cups or other compartments (like an ice cube tray). Freeze overnight. When it’s frozen, place in freezer bags and serve to your pet.
Banana and Peanut Butter Froyo for Fido (From Petguide.com)
- 1 large container of Greek or Vanilla yogurt
- 1 ripe banana, mashed
- 2 Tbsp. creamy peanut butter
- 2 Tbsp. Honey
Depending on consistency, you may want to slightly heat the peanut butter in the microwave for around 30 seconds. You can substitute the mashed banana for a small jar of meat-flavored baby food, too. Add the Greek or vanilla yogurt and honey and mix the ingredients together.
Place the mixture in muffin tins, popsicle molds or even ice cube trays to form them into the bite-sized treats. Freeze overnight or until firm. Store them in freezer bags and give to your dog for a great taste treat during summertime or any time of year.
Pumpkin Frozen Yogurt
- 1 can of canned pumpkin
- 1 cup of Greek yogurt
Mix the ingredients together and place into cups, molds or ice cube trays and freeze overnight. Surprisingly, dogs like the taste of pumpkin and the fiber is not only good for their digestive system, but good for their coat and skin.
Miss Molly’s Apple & Ginger Frozen Yogurt (From Miss Molly Says)
This particular froyo dog treat from Miss Molly smells so good, you might want to split the bowl!
- 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
- 1 apple
- ½ tsp. fresh or grated ginger
- 1 - 2 Tbsp. honey
- You may add a dash of cinnamon for added aroma and flavor.
Peel and dice the apple. You could choose to leave the peel on for added nutrition, depending on what your dog likes. Peel and grate the ginger. Combine the apple, ginger, honey, and yogurt in a bowl or large mixing cup. Divide the mixture into portions and freeze overnight. Keep in freezer bags and give your dog a couple of these on extra hot days.
For any of these recipes, you may want to also place a small dog biscuit inside each portion to add extra crunch and chewing goodness.