The Best Patriotic Frozen Dog Treats for Summer
Frozen dog treats for summer? We have talked about this before with our frozen homemade apple carrot dog treats recipe.
We talked about the reason frozen treats are such a good idea for your pup as well as a few other ways to safely help cool them down on a hot day.
These are organic frozen dog treats.
The little extra price tag on the ingredients is well with it to make 24 of these roughly one-inch-sized power-packed sweet treats for your dog.
The Skinny on Organic Dog Treats
Dog treats are available in a dizzying variety of flavors, sizes, colors, shapes, and ingredients. However, like human junk food, trying to read the ingredients list of most dog treats reads like a medical dictionary.
Dog treats are loaded with artificial ingredients, flavorings, additives, and preservatives. Consumed in excessive quantities, these treats can be harmful to your pet.
More Dogs are Going Organic!
More and more pet owners are turning to organic dog treats to reward their dogs. As humans become more conscious about the chemicals and foods they put into their own bodies, so too are we becoming more conscious about the chemicals we feed our pets.
Organic dog treats are as close to being in a natural state as possible. Organic dog treats are free of pesticides, insecticides, and other toxins that are prevalent in many foods.
It is all in the dog treat label
Food labels can be very confusing. Often, “natural” dog treats are confused with “organic” dog treats. Natural and organic are not synonymous. In fact, organic foods are held to a higher standard than natural. The USDA has to certify a food as organic, and the food can be labeled as such.
Natural dog treats are less expensive than organic dog treats, but the reliability is suspect. For example, “natural” can only guarantee that the food does not contain any food coloring or additives, such as sodium metabisulfite or ethoxyquin. These additives have been known to cause allergies, brain damage, even cancer.
Organic Dog Treats are Worth the Price
Organic pet food might seem pricier than ordinary commercial dog food at first. However, upon closer inspection of the food labels, organic food servings are about half that of regular dog food.
This is because organic food contains healthy ingredients that help to satiate your pet more quickly. The cost-per-serving of organic food versus regular dog food is comparable.
Feeding your dog organic treats instead of additive-laden dog treats can help improve your dog’s health. You might even save hundreds to thousands of dollars in veterinary bills since your dog will not be as prone to developing ailments such as cancer, diabetes, skin problems, allergies, etc. You can enjoy your pet in good health for a long time.
Organic Frozen Dog Treats Ingredients
Bananas, Strawberries, Blueberries, and Greek yogurt. Doesn’t that just sound yummy!?
Let’s break it down a bit:
Are blueberries good for dogs?
Yes. Like anything for dogs, moderation is the key. Blueberries are actually often found in dog foods and treats in your grocery store.
They can be enjoyed fresh, frozen, dried, or even mashed. That makes them perfect for our Patriotic Frozen Dog Treats!
Oddly enough, these are great for your diabetic dogs – just like diabetic people! Just give them the actual blueberries instead of food that contains blueberries…as they have only 84 calories per cup of the fruit. What a treat!
Did you know I have an Etsy Store coming for Aussies and Service Dog fun things?
Are strawberries good for dogs?
Yes, your pooch can eat strawberries, but they are pretty high in sugar. That simply means remember that moderation rule. Only a few, or a few of these great treats at a time.
Are bananas good for dogs?
All experts agree – bananas are an excellent treat for dogs and all parts can be enjoyed! That is what makes these such a great base in this recipe.
Is Greek yogurt good for dogs?
Heck yeah! Besides being a great source of protein, Greek yogurt contains probiotics which make it not only healthy but safe for dogs to enjoy.
Get your FREE printable dog treat labels!
That being said, I wanted to make sure you saw our custom printable labels for your doggie treat jars – it is a fun FREEBIE we have for you.
Frozen Dog Treats for Summer DIY
Frozen Dog Treats Ingredients:
- 1 Banana
- 1 cup cut strawberries
- 1 cup Blueberries
- ¼ cup plain Greek yogurt
- Food processor
- Dog Treat Molds
- Cutting board and knife
- Cookie sheet
First of all, make sure you have a location in the freezer cleaned out and that the cookie sheet/cutting board will fit in there easily. You will want to make sure this space is ready before you start the recipe and will actually need it.
This is a layered treat so you will be doing it in stages and popping it into the freezer to set up in between those layers. You will want a slightly deeper mold to make it easier.
Patriotic Frozen Dog Treats for Summer Process
Cut the banana into sections. Hull and cut the strawberries in half.
Add the blueberries to the food processor and blend.
Put your silicone molds on a cookie sheet or cutting board. This will help you easily move it to the freezer. Use a relatively lightweight easy to handle pourable cup for pouring the liquid into the molds, because you are aiming for such a small and thin area. Pour the mix from the blender, into that cup, so you can easily pour it into the molds…here, I used a turkey baster to help even them out.
Pour blueberry liquid into the molds until they are about 1/3 full. Freeze for at least one hour or until solid.
Add banana and yogurt to the food processor and blend them together.
Pour banana/yogurt liquid into molds over the frozen blueberry layer so they are about 2/3 full. Freeze for at least one hour or until solid.
Place the strawberries into the food processor and blend.
Pour strawberry liquid into molds until full and then freeze for at least one hour or until solid.
Remove from the mold, push gently on one side of the mold until it starts to pop out and remove carefully. Pop them into a container or Ziploc bag and return to the freezer for when you need them.
Make sure you offer puppers a quality control test sample of these easy carrot dog treats!
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