Heat Warnings & A Frosty Paws Treat

I live in NJ, and it seems like we are entering the first  summer heatwave. Much of the country is heating up, and with temps rising you’ll want to keep your pup cool and comfortable.

First, let me stress the point of NEVER leaving your pooch in a car! You should never leave them alone in the car to begin with, but the summer heat makes a car even hotter on the inside. When it’s 80 degrees outside, a car can heat up to 120 degrees in minutes.  PLEASE NEVER LEAVE YOUR PET INSIDE A PARKED VEHICLE!

Going outside in this heat can also heat up your dogs body temperature very quickly. Short trips to the potty are best, long walks are not advised. (even the sidewalks can become dangerous by getting too hot for their paws) NEVER leave your dog outside all day! A dog can die of heatstroke, their bodies heat up much more quickly than ours.

Even if your dog is out briefly they will get hot and a frosty treat may be just what they need to cool down. There are many recipes available on the web for frozen goodies, I have some saved on my Pinterest as well.

https://www.pinterest.com/avlearay/doggie-treats/

My own recipe is quick and easy and you don’t need to buy any special baking supplies or tools to make it.

Homemade Frosty Paws Treat

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups plain lowfat yogurt
  • 1/2 cup natural peanut butter *
  • 1 over ripe banana or 4oz container of banana baby food
  • paper cups
  • large ziplock bag or icing bag with tip (optional)

* make sure whatever brand peanut butter you purchase does not have xylitol as an ingredient, it is VERY toxic to your dog!

Note: If you are don’t have the banana or the baby food you can make this treat with just the yogurt and the peanut butter.

Instructions:

  • mix all the ingredients together
  • scoop yogurt mixture directly into paper cups or into bag and squeeze into cups
  • freeze until solid

When you are ready to serve the frozen treat just peel away the paper and let your furry friend enjoy in their bowl or even outside in the grass as it can get messy 😉

Another option is to fill an ice cube or silicone tray if you have them, and just pop them out when frozen. Either way this is a simple, easy, and very enjoyable treat for your dog!

ALWAYS consult your own Veterinarian before adding something new to your pups diet! 

Sources:

http://pets.webmd.com/hot-weather-tips-pet

http://www.vetstreet.com/care/summer-hazards-and-your-dog