The Best Frozen Carrot Dog Treats For a Hot Summer Day
Frozen carrot dog treats? Well, if you walked around with a fur coat on all the time in the summer, you would be hot too. There are several ways to cool a dog down carefully.
If you go too fast, it actually hurts their organs. According to the Pet Health Network:
Lowering your dog’s skin and surface temperature too abruptly might actually result in further heating of his internal organs, worsening the overheating of the body’s core.
The Best Frozen Carrot Dog Treats For a Hot Summer Day
So, let’s look at things we can do safely: Find them shade. Use a fan to create a breeze. Cover them with a wet towel. Give them cold water or frozen dog treats.
We love our Frozen Carrot Dog Treats DIY
Keeping a few of these in a container in the freezer is the perfect antidote for a walk on a hot day. We love to use organic ingredients and keep them simple. These are just sweet enough that they really do seem like dog candy.
Frozen Dog Treats
Frozen dog treats are a favorite among our canine companions. One of the most popular and coveted frozen dog treats is Frosty Paws. It is available in the freezer section in many grocery stores, right next to the human ice cream.
It comes in small ice cream cups. However, it isn’t really ice cream. Frosty Paws frozen dog treats are not sweetened and are made of soy to accommodate the lactose intolerance of most dogs. The original flavor of Frosty Paws frozen dog treats has a taste similar to cold chalk. Recently, Frosty Paws has come out with a peanut butter flavor.
About Frosty Paws
From a business standpoint, Frosty Paws sells like hotcakes. It is a profitable enterprise mainly because it is cheaper to make than ice cream. Without milk, which has been getting pricier recently, Frosty Paws are not affected by the dairy price fluctuations.
As well, Dreyer’s, the maker of the frozen treat, hardly spends any money on advertising. It is so popular that word-of-mouth is enough to sustain it.
Frosty Paws was devised in the late 1970s, created by an animal nutritionist. It is, in fact, healthier for dogs than ice cream is to people. The frozen treat contains refined soy protein, lactose-removed whey protein, added vitamins, minerals, and oil. It is sugar-free and has no artificial flavors.
Dogs Love Frozen Dog Treats
Interestingly, dogs enjoy the temperature of the treat, not so much its taste. The peanut butter flavor is more of a marketing gimmick than a dog enticement. People will think that they are giving their dogs a tasty treat, while Rover doesn’t really care. Making a Frosty Paws product with a liver flavor, for example, would make no difference to the dog but would probably turn off the human purchaser.
Of course, like many dog treats, frozen concoctions can be made at home. A very easy and inexpensive way to give your dog a frozen treat is to mix up some chicken or beef broth with tiny chicken chunks and little bits of dog biscuits. Put the mixture in an ice cube tray and freeze overnight. Your dog will love it!
Homemade Frozen Dog Treats
I played around with a few fun organic ingredients and whipped up a fun item that falls in the category of a healthy frozen dog treat. I use only 3 ingredients that balance veggies, the sweetness of apples, and protein.
No-Bake Carrot Dog Treats
Yes, these are frozen – you are going to play with your food processor a bit, pop it into a mold, and then freeze. Not even a hint of the oven involved.
Grain-Free Carrot Dog Treats
Since these are not baked, but frozen, there is no need for any kind of grains to be involved. This is a great treat for anyone who has a pup with a grain allergy.
While these carrot dog treats will melt pretty fast when you take them out of the freezer, they will certainly do their job and help cool down your pooch.
Are carrots good treats for dogs?
According to the AKC:
Yes, dogs can eat carrots. Carrots are an excellent low-calorie snack that is high in fiber and beta-carotene, which produces vitamin A. Plus, crunching on this orange veggie is great for your dog’s teeth (and fun).
So, that would be a yes. Just keep in mind the rule of moderation. They have fiber and too much of that is bad for them. No more than one average sized carrot a day, regardless of if it is in food, treats, or they grab it from counter surfing.
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Apple Carrot Dog Treats Ingredients:
- 1 carrot, cut into chunks or a handful of baby carrots
- ½ apple, cored and cut into chunks
- 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.
Homemade Apple Carrot Dog Treats Instructions:
Cut the carrot into chunks or use baby carrots.
Remove the core of the apple and cut into chunks.
Add carrot to the food processor and blend.
Add a little water if needed to make it kind of soupy.
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.
The molds will fill up very quickly, it was hard to just fill them halfway full. You may need to use a turkey baster to suck some of it out if it goes faster than you think it will.
As you pour into the molds, go only halfway if you are going for the layered look.
Freeze for at least 2 hours.
Add apples and yogurt to the food processor and blend. Add water if needed to make it soupy.
Top the molds off with the apple/yogurt mixture.
Freeze for several hours.
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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