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Easy Homemade Dog Treats

Here are some easy homemade dog treats for those hot summer days!

Below are some recipes for healthy and refreshing treats that should leave your dog begging for more without expanding his or her waistline.

The main equipment you'll need are ice cube trays and a working freezer.

Note that the trays can be filled to whichever level you like. (For quicker freezing, a shallow layer is best.)




Frozen Broth Cubes

Ingredients:

1/2 to 1 1/2 C clear broth per ice cube tray

"Broth" can mean any of the following:

  • Very low or no sodium bouillon cubes or canned broth.
  • Beef, chicken, or vegetable broth made from scratch.
  • Vegetable water left over from steamed vegetables or boiled potatoes.

        

Add spices as desired. You can put in just about anything with the exception of hot pepper spices,  onion and garlic powder (which can be toxic to dogs). Please be sparing with salt.


Directions:

  1. Distribute bouillon evenly in ice cube tray compartments.
  2. Freeze until solid.
  3. If desired, especially for smaller dogs, chop up into chips by placing cubes in a thick plastic bag and hitting with a hammer.




Pupsicles

This recipe came from Victoria in Texas:

Fill an icetray with peanut butter instead of water and freeze.

Let freeze completely over a few days before serving.

Make sure your pup doesn't swallow it.

For larger breeds, make the pupsicles larger by putting clumps on a tray.

Serve very ocasionally, for peanut butter isn't the best thing for dogs.

Thank you, Victoria!




Juicy Cubes

Ingredients:

1/2 to 1 1/2 C juice per ice cube tray

Directions:

  1. Distribute juice evenly in ice cube tray compartments.
  2. Freeze until solid.
  3. As with the above, you can make chips out of the cubes.
  4. Natural fruit juices such as apple, berry, guava, kiwi, mango, orange, or combinations of these.
  5. Add texture with unsweetened grated coconut or other kinds of grated nuts, or finely grated carrot.




Yogurt Dice

Ingredients:

1/2 to 3/4 C plain yogurt per ice cube tray
1/4 to 3/4 C other ingredients (see below)

Directions:

  1. Distribute yogurt evenly in ice cube tray compartments
  2. Freeze until solid
  3. As with the above, you can make chips out of the dice

Yogurt lends itself well to adding other ingredients.

Keep the quantity to a total of 1 1/2 cups.

Ingredients that can be mixed in:

  • Mashed fruit such as bananas, berries, peaches, and pears
  • Natural fruit juices (see JUICY BOXES)
  • Finely grated fruits and vegetables such as apples, broccoli, carrots, sweet potatoes or yams
  • Grated nuts such as almonds or unsweetened coconut
  • Combinations of the above such as orange juice with grated carrot
  • Spices such as nutmeg or cinammon added to the apples




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