We all like a tasty treat to cool us down on a hot summer day. Your dog and cat are no different! On days when the heat can reduce their appetite, a change in your pet’s regular food routine can help to stimulate their interest in food again. We’ve researched different sites like dogtreatkitchen.com and mixed them up with our own ideas to come with some recipes for popular summer treats. You might even find you like some of them yourself (we promise we won’t tell anyone).
Note: some of our recipes contain nuts. Your pet may also have sensitivities to dairy, wheat or other ingredients. If you’re not sure what’s safe for your pet, ask your veterinarian.
4 cups plain fat-free yogurt
1 ripe banana
½ cup of blueberries
½ cup of raspberries
¼ cup of organic peanut butter
Stir all of the ingredients together in a large mixing bowl.
Pour into a blender or food processor and puree until smooth.
Pour the smoothie into Popsicle trays and freeze.
Enjoy these frozen treats on a hot day!
Tip: These are a handy way to sneak vitamins or supplements into your pup since it’s tough for them to detect them in these icy cool treats.
Pup-kin Pie Ice Cream
1 package of organic instant Vanilla Pudding Mix
1 ½ tsps pumpkin pie spice (keep this flavouring light and adjust it)
1 cup lactose free milk
1 can of natural pumpkin puree (not pie filling)
Whisk the vanilla pudding mix, pumpkin pie spice, and milk together until dissolved.
Lightly stir in the pumpkin puree.
Scoop the pudding into a freezable container or into an ice cube tray for bite sized treats.
Defrost by leaving them on your counter for three minutes!
Tip: Use as a filler for your dog’s favourite treat toy or freeze into popsicles for another healthy snack.
1 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup wheat germ
1/2 cup melted bacon fat
1/2 cup cold water
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl and mix by hand until a dough forms. Add more flour if the dough is too sticky. Add more bacon fat or water if the dough becomes too stiff to work.
Roll out onto a floured surface. Cut into bars or use cookie cutters for fun shapes. Transfer to a cookie sheet. Poke a small divot into the bars using the end of a butter knife and bake in a preheated oven for approximately 15 minutes or until lightly browned. Turn the oven off, flip the bars, and place back in the oven until cool to make them nice and crispy.
Store in an air-tight container at room temperature.
Tip: Mold into a small bowl before baking and use as an edible bowl for pup-kin pie ice cream. These freeze well too. Experiment with substituting or adding other dry ingredients instead of flour, such as wheat germ, steel cut oatmeal, or even mixing in cooked rice. Bring them on a family picnic so your pet gets dessert too!
Hearty Beef Jerky
Whole Beef Hearts
Place the beef hearts in the freezer until they’re about half frozen to make them easier to slice and handle.
Remove all the fat and slice the heart into thin ribbons or strips.
Preheat your oven to low – around 150 degrees F.
Soak ribbons for a short time in a small bowl of lemon juice to tenderize and dry.
Drape each strip over the rack in your oven, remembering to place a drip tray underneath.
With the oven light on, turn them for a few minutes every hour, allowing them to slowly dry out over the course of a day ensuring there is no moisture left in the jerky to prevent it from forming mold.
Tip: Place jerky in a glass jar or pet-themed lidded tin container and give as gifts for a doggy birthday party or as a welcome home gift for a newly adopted pet.