Cool Summer Treats for Fido

Are you ready for summer? We are! It’s always great to get outdoors and enjoy fun summer activities like swimming, grilling, and camping. Our furry friends also love summertime, although the hot weather can be a bit rough on Fido. After all, he’s already wearing a fur coat! One great way to help your pup stay cool is to offer him some dog-friendly summertime snacks. An Orangevale, CA veterinarian lists some great recipe options below.

Doggy Ice Cream

What better way to beat the heat than with some delicious ice cream? It’s quite easy to make Fido his own version. Start with plain yogurt as a base. You can mix it with mashed banana; peanut butter; honey; sodium-free beef or chicken broth; gravy; wheat germ; or pureed pumpkin. Add shredded meat, bacon bits, cheese, egg, or dog biscuits for toppings.

Puzzle Treat

Does Fido enjoy puzzle toys? Here’s an easy way to get that furry tail going: fill a puzzle toy with water and pop it in the freezer overnight.


To make a canine-friendly version of this classic summertime treat, just freeze doggy biscuits and/or pieces of cooked, shredded meat in sodium-free beef or chicken broth, using an ice-cube tray. You can also use chew sticks, and freeze them in wax paper cups. To customize your pup’s treats, add bacon bits, shredded cheese, or safe fruits and veggies, such as carrots, strawberries, or bananas.

Burger Bits

Cook up some plain hamburger, and then add water and shredded cheese. Freeze in bite-size portions for Fido, and give him one or two on hot days.

Meat Treat

Pick up a roll of frozen gourmet dog food, or precooked lamb or chicken. When you want to give your pooch a special snack, slice off a thin piece and peel off the wrapper.

Apple Slices

Freeze slices of apple in chicken broth, using an ice cube tray or wax paper cups. You can also add shredded cheese if you like.


When cooking for Fido, use only dog-safe ingredients. Some things to avoid include chocolate; caffeine; avocados; garlic and onions; grapes, currants, and raisins; and products containing xylitol. Ask your vet for more information. Also, don’t overdo it with frozen snacks: one or two at a time is plenty.

Do you have any questions about your dog’s health or care? Call us, your Orangevale, CA animal clinic, today!

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