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Make Homemade Dog Treats:
Dairy Smoothies

Smoothies make homemade dog treats that are refreshing and nutritious!

You can make the same kinds of dairy smoothies for both humans and dogs, so you don’t need to feel left out!

Caution: It's best to try a very small amount of dairy product with your dog since many dogs have trouble digesting the enzyme lactase. If they get gassy or have diarrhea, you may have to skip this kind of treat and try Vegetable Smoothies instead.


This dog/human smoothie was made from plain yogurt and green items such as cilantro and avocado


About The Dairy Smoothies

We like to err on the side of making homemade dog treats that are healthy. For us that means:

  • Few sweeteners - just some honey and naturally sweetened fruit or vegetable juices
  • Avoiding added salt
  • Minimal grains
  • Low- or non-fat dairy products. (Apparently, high fat dairy items can cause pancreatitis in dogs.)

To make homemade dog treats like smoothies is quite simple:
Take a basic liquid or semi-liquid ingredient; then add more solid items with natural flavorings as well as ice cubes. Finally, blend these ingredients into a thick, cold drink.

If you don’t have a blender, mash solid items with a potato masher or spoon or grate them finely. Then beat them together with the liquid ingredients and chill the concoction till it's as cold as you like.

TIP: Pour excess smoothie blends into ice cube trays - that way you'll make homemade dog treats that last for a while. These frozen smoothie bits are also a delightful surprise for your dog on hot days.



Smoothie Combinations

These suggestions include the following dairy products:
MILK, YOGURT, COTTAGE CHEESE and SOUR CREAM

Ingredients:

1/4 C dairy product for each dog
1/2 C dairy product for each human
4-6 Ice cubes (optional)

Blend each 1/4 C of the above with one of the following:

  • 1/3 C naturally sweetened thick applesauce and 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/3 C chopped peeled apple and 1/4 tsp cinnamon or 1/8 tsp allspice
  • 1/3 C chopped carrot with 1 tbsp concentrated orange juice
  • 1/2 ripe chopped banana
  • 1/3 C pineapple chunks or slices with 1 tbsp unsweetened grated coconut
  • 1/3 C ripe blackberries, blueberries or strawberries with 1/4 C honey
  • 1/3 C frozen berries with 1 tbsp honey
  • 1/3 C canned apricots with 1 tbsp honey
  • 1/3 C canned peaches, pears or mixed fruit cocktail (in own juice)
  • 1/3 C canned sliced beets (plus 3 tbsp beet juice for thinner smoothies)
  • 1/3 C canned pumpkin with 1 tbsp honey and 1/4 tsp cinnamon

Amounts above are guidelines only. Adjust smoothie to individual tastes.