Do you enjoy relaxing with a cold treat on a hot day? Our canine companions certainly do, and who can blame them? Fido does have a fur coat on, after all. It isn’t safe for you to share your own smoothie, milkshake, or ice cream with your cute pet. These products contain way too much fat and sugar for dogs. Plus, many have chocolate, xylitol, or other ingredients that are toxic to Fido. However, you can get your pup his own treat. A New Orleans, LA vet offers some tips on this below.
Just as with human ice creams, you’ll want to start out with a base. Peanut butter is a good option. Read the label, and make sure that it doesn’t contain any xylitol, which is toxic to pets. Other things you can incorporate include sodium-free broth, fat free plain yogurt, ripe bananas, pureed pumpkin, canned dog food, and baby food.
You can customize Fido’s snack to suit his personal tastes. Instead of adding things like nuts, candy pieces, or chocolate chips, toss in some bacon bits, pieces of kibble, or shredded meat. You can also add some pet-safe fruits and veggies, such as peas, carrots, green beans, blueberries, strawberries, and melon.
Ice cream isn’t the only frozen treat you can make for your canine buddy. Ice licks are popular options. You can get a mold for this, or just use a shallow bowl. Or, make Fido a slushie by pouring gravy or canned food over shaved ice. Another option is to mix canned food with water, ice, and a little plain yogurt in a blender. Broth cubes are another good bet. Spruce them up by adding things like shredded meat, cheese, bacon bits, cooked rice, or safe fruits and veggies.
These are just a few potential options. You can create many more by mixing and matching. The main concern is to stick with ingredients that are safe. Some of the foods to avoid include grapes and raisins; avocado; pitted fruit; chocolate; meat on the bone; raw yeast; garlic and onions; and anything that is high in salt, sugar, or fat. Also, don’t give your furry pal too many frozen treats at once. Ask your vet for specific advice.
Do you have questions or concerns about your dog’s health or care? Contact us, your local New Orleans, LA pet hospital, today.