Frozen Mixed Summer Berry Dog Treat Recipe
The summer is too short to be spent in the kitchen. That’s why you’ll love this Frozen Mixed Summer Berry Dog Treat Recipe. It took me five minutes to make. Of course, you have to leave this treat overnight to freeze, but again, that’s still time you won’t be cooking! These frozen yum-yums are delish after a hot walk or a swim in the pool. And feel free to share these treats with your pooch – Oscar and I love can’t get enough of them!
Frozen Mixed Summer Berry Dog Treat Recipe
1/2 cup blueberries
½ cup raspberries
1 cup plain yogurt
1 tablespoon honey (optional)
- Add fruit, yogurt and honey in blender. Puree until smooth.
- Pour in ice cube trays and leave overnight to freeze.
Benefits of Blueberries and Raspberries for Dogs
Not only are blueberries and raspberries a tasty spring and summer snack, but they also provide some incredible benefits for your pup. Keep in mind that berries, like most fruits, contain natural sugars. Too much sugar can cause complications, so feed your berry-based treats in moderation.
Obesity is a growing concern in dogs. Luckily, trying to stick to a healthy total calorie count doesn’t have to mean sacrificing the “fun” parts of your dog’s day. Berries are a delicious low calorie treat, allowing you to spoil your pup worry-free.
Improved Bone Health
Blueberries and raspberries are both high in vitamin K. This important vitamin plays a role in the body’s absorption of calcium, improving and supporting bone health. Consider combining your dog’s berry snack with a high calcium option (like the yogurt in this recipe) to make the most of this benefit.
If your dog is currently in their golden years, you may be starting to see the signs of aging in the way that they move. Fight inflammation in the joints and provide your dog with some relief by including berries containing anti-inflammatory polyphenol compounds (like blueberries and raspberries) in their regular diet.
Improve Heart Health
By including berries in your dog’s treats, you can lower cholesterol levels, optimize platelet function, regulate blood pressure, and lower their risk of cardiovascular disease. It’s a great (and delicious) way to give your dog the happy, healthy life that they deserve.
Why Add Honey to Your Dog’s Treats?
While honey is an optional ingredient, there are some great reasons to add a sweet touch to his treats. We often turn to honey to address our own health issues, like soothing a sore throat. But Raw honey can also offer some great benefits for your dog in moderation.
But be cautious. There are some dogs that should avoid this sweet treat. With the natural sugars in honey, it’s not the best choice for dogs that are diabetic or are trying to lose weight.
Quick Energy Boost
Are you getting ready for a day of high-energy activity with your dog? If so, you may want to offer a little extra boost to make sure that your dog has the energy to keep up with everything that you have planned. Honey contains natural sugars that your dog’s body will break down and use for energy. This is a great option before heading out on the trails hiking or leading up to an athletic competition like agility.
Soothe Stomach Upset
Dogs that are experiencing mild stomach aches could benefit from including a little honey in their diet. It works to help soothe the stomach and alleviate nausea. If you notice that your dog is licking his lips excessively or eating fresh grass, offer a little honey in a treat or on his food as a natural treatment option.
Manage Environmental Allergies
If your dog suffers from environmental allergies like pollen, locally sourced honey can be a great solution. For this to work, you need to offer small amounts over an extended period. The honey will include some of the pollens that are found in the environment, working to desensitize him to the allergen. This should be done under veterinary supervision.
Wow! How easy was that? And you can use your dog’s favorite summer fruit – try it with strawberries or watermelon, as long as the fruit is safe for your pooch. If you find that the first batch is too sweet, take the honey out and go au natural!
Amy Tokic, Editor of PetGuide.com, is a passionate animal lover and proud pet parent of Oscar, a Shih Tzu/Chihuahua cross, and Zed, a Japanese Chin. Her love of animals began in kindergarten, when she brought her stuffed dog Snoopy into class with her every day. Now, she writes about her adventures in pet ownership and tirelessly researches products, news and health related issues she can share with other animal enthusiasts. In her free time, Amy loves perusing used book and record stores, obsessing over the latest pet products available and chasing squirrels with wild abandon (a habit attributed to spending too much time with her pooches).
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