Tag Archives: homemade dog treats

Frozen Treats for Fido

Summer is just around the corner! Florida isn’t exactly known for having mild summers. When it gets hot, many of us like to cool off by reaching for a cold treat. Why not make something for your dog? In this article, a Brandon, FL vet lists some frozen snacks you can make for Fido.

Pupsicles

For this one, you’ll want to start by filling an ice cube tray with fresh water or sodium free broth. Put pieces of kibble or crumbled-up doggy treats into each one. Voila!

Doggy Ice Cream

You can buy doggy ice cream at many pet stores and grocery stores, or you can make your own. Start with a smooth base. Try mixing peanut butter with bananas and plain yogurt. You can also use sodium-free broth, pureed pumpkin, and/or organic baby food. For ‘toppings’ try adding bacon bits, shredded cheese, or cooked hamburger.

Banana/PB Bites

Speaking of PB and bananas, they’re the stars of this yummy snack. Mix the two together, and add a bit of water to thin the mixture out.

Frozen Cheeseburger Bites

Want to really get that cute tail going? Cook up some hamburger and add some water to it. Portion it out, and top with shredded cheese and bacon bits.

Apple Chicken Yums

Put fresh apple slices (without the seeds) into an ice cube tray, along with some shredded cheddar. Pour sodium-free chicken broth over them, and pop them into the freezer. Instant tail wags!

Frozen Yums

Start with sodium-free broth and water. Pour it into a small container, such as a paper cup. Let it start to freeze, and then put a chew stick in the middle.

Yogurt Bones

Plain yogurt is a great treat for dogs! You can offer Fido some plain yogurt, but you can also add things like carrots, berries, bananas, or peanut butter.

Tips

There are many different ways to portion these recipes out before freezing. You use ice cube trays, Kong toys, or paper cups. Or, get some cute bone-shaped molds. You can also experiment with ingredients. Just stick to pet-safe foods. Some things to avoid include garlic, onions, scallions and chives; chocolate; avocados; pitted fruits; nuts; chocolate; alcohol;  grapes, currants, and raisins; meat on the bone; and products containing xylitol. Ask your vet for more information.

Do you have questions about safe and unsafe treats? Contact us, your Brandon, FL vet, anytime.

Great Ways to Celebrate National Dog Biscuit Day

Dogs have many adorable habits, but one of the cutest ones is the way they get excited when you hold up a treat. In fact, Fido’s enthusiasm for snacks has inspired an adorable doggy holiday. February 23rd is National Dog Biscuit Day! Read on as a Brandon, FL vet offers some tips on making Fido’s favorite day fun and special.

Make A Homemade Snack

Store-bought treats are great, but you can also make some snacks for your furry best friend. Just be sure to stick to ingredients that are safe for Fido. Some good options are plain, cooked meat, fish, or poultry; cheese; eggs; bacon bits; sodium-free broth; natural peanut butter; and/or wheat germ oil. You can also incorporate certain fruits and veggies, like apple slices, bananas, blueberries, peas, spinach, carrots, and pureed pumpkin.

Eat Out

Want to really treat your pup? Take Fido to a pet store that allows four-legged visitors, or bring him to a doggy café. Get your canine pal a special snack. Then, keep that tail going by visiting a dog park or a dog-friendly beach.

Learn A New Trick

Many of our canine buddies actually like learning new things. Training can be fun for dogs! It’s also another way for you and your pet to communicate. If your pooch doesn’t have doggy obedience basics down yet, work on these first. Otherwise, teach Fido something new. The Leave It command is always useful. Of course, if you want to keep things light and fun, you can go with something cuter. Shake Paw, Roll Over, Beg, and Play Dead are always adorable!

Strike A Pose

Dogs are absolutely adorable, and they can really take some charming photos. Snap a shot of your pup while he’s got his eye on a treat. Or, take a short video of Fido catching a snack mid-air. (This is even cuter with dogs that can’t catch.)

Donate To Dogs That Need Treats

Animal shelters are filled with sweet, lovable pooches that need homes. Even if you aren’t ready to adopt, you can still get some tails wagging by dropping off a package of treats or perhaps a gift card to a pet store. Just call first to find out about any rules or stipulations pertaining to donations.

Please reach out to us, your local Brandon, FL vet clinic, anytime. We are here to help!