Frozen dog treats are super easy to make, and they are a great way to keep your dog hydrated in summer. And of course, since these treats are cold, they will also help to feel your dog cooler on a hot day.
This is a great way to make sure your dog has some treats, whilst keeping your dog food expense on the budget. Frozen dog treats are not expensive to make, especially if you make them when you have leftovers from the family dinner.
Making your own dog treats, shouldn’t completely substitute your dog’s regular food. If you want to stay on budget, the best solution is to buy dog food online in large quantities and stock up every few months. You can also buy wholesale pet treats to compliment the flavours you make at home. This way, your dog will have plenty of variety and the right nutrition to stay healthy.
There are many variations of this recipe, which makes it easy to change it depending on what you have at home. You can use dog-friendly food leftovers, such as plain chicken or other meat and blend it into the mixture.
I wanted to keep this recipe very simple, so I’m not going to use any moulds, only a shallow baking tray. You can use silicone ice cubes tray with different designs to make your frozen dog treats really fun to make and for your dog to eat.
the frozen dog treats recipe
1/2 cup of homemade chicken broth
1/2 cup of peanut butter
1 tablespoon of fresh parsley leaves or other green herb
- Mix the peanut butter with the chicken broth and add fresh herbs.
- Spread in the shallow tray and either pat down with a spoon or a roll with a rolling pin to about 1 cm in thickness.
- Leave to set in the freezer and take out in about 30 min.
- Cut out the bones using a cookie cutter and then place back to the freezer until it’s solid. This will take about 2-4 hrs, depending on how thick your chicken broth is.
- Keep in the freezer and use up within a month.
Tips on making your frozen dogs treats
Avoid anything with onion
If you are using commercially produced chicken stock, please check that the ingredients don’t include onions. These are very difficult for dogs to digest and can cause an upset stomach.
Avoid using xylitol
Cheaper versions of peanut butter might include xylitol, which is a form of sugar and can be very poisonous to your dog.
What other frozen treats my dogs can have?
You can easily swap around the ingredients and include cheese, sardines, yoghurt, tuna and other yummy dog foods.
Are frozen dog treats save for my dog?
Yes, as they are not as cold as pure ice cubes, which are sometimes given to dogs.
How to make your frozen dog treats sweet
You can swap the savoury ingredients for sweet ones, such as bananas, cucumbers, strawberries.
What should I avoid putting into my frozen dog treats?
Ice cream, which is made with cream or milk, can make your dog vomit and cause diarrhea (or constipation) and often bloating.
You should also avoid including raw potatoes, but if you bake them, you can mash them in. Other fruits which are best avoided include cherries, grapes, raisins, lemons, limes and grapefruits.
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