THE COOLEST CANINES

Dear Davi, 

Ooh wee! It was so hot outside today, I saw two trees fighting over a young pup who was, um, eager for some relief! How can I keep cool during the dog days of summer?

Clay the Coonhound

 

Clay,

Summer heat is unrelenting, isn’t it?  A spike in temperatures can leave us panting for air. What you need is a chilly treat to beat this heat. Try one of these delicious frozen goodies made from fresh summer fruits and naturally energizing foods. They are easy to make and taste great!

 

Frosty Watermelon Treat 
Watermelon is packed with nutrients — vitamins A, B6, and C, and potassium – and low in calories – only about 50 calories per cup and 92 percent water, so it’s great for hydration on a hot day. It also has no fat or cholesterol, so it’s pretty much guilt-free. Coconut water is a natural source of electrolytes and any dog suffering from a gastrointestinal problem can keep from becoming dehydrated by lapping up a cup.

 

Ingredients:
2 cups seedless watermelon

1 cup coconut water

1 tablespoon honey (optional)

Directions:
Scoop out watermelon and remove seeds – seeds can cause intestinal blockage.

Blend watermelon until smooth.

Add coconut water and honey to watermelon. Blend together.

Pour into ice cube trays.

Freeze and serve.

Strawberry Smoothies 
Strawberries are full of antioxidants. They also boast high fiber, lots of vitamin C, and even contain an enzyme that can help whiten your teeth. Yogurt is a great source of calcium and zinc, and contain probiotics that help with digestion.

Ingredients:
1 cup strawberries 

8 ounces yogurt

1 cup water

Directions:
Blend all ingredients 

Pour into ice cube trays.

Freeze and serve

Frozen Banana Surprise
This potassium rich snack will help you replenish your energy after a long day of play. Peanut Butter is a good source of protein, vitamins, and healthy fats. 

Ingredients: 
4 cups plain yogurt

2 tablespoons peanut butter

3 bananas, ripe, peeled & mashed

2 tablespoons honey (optional)

Directions: 
Blend all the ingredients together.

Pour into small paper cups.

Place dog bone in mixture to serve as a tasty handle. 

Freeze until firm.

Pop the treat out of the cup and enjoy!

Banana Blueberry Ice Cream 
Blueberries contain powerful antioxidants and vitamins that protect against disease and strengthen overall health. Bananas are rich in potassium and low in sodium.

Ingredients:
2 Frozen bananas 

1/2 cup of blueberries

Directions:
Freeze bananas and blueberries for 2 to 3 hours 

Cut banana into small pieces. 

Blend banana and blueberries into a smooth and creamy mixture. 

Serve immediately as a soft creamy ice cream or freeze it for an hour for frozen treat. 

Treat Tips
PUP-sicles can be made out of all kinds of foods you eat regularly, so experiment to see what works best for you.

Frozen veggies also make a quick and healthy treat – green beans and peas are my favorite.

Fresh fruits strengthen the immune system and help maintain a healthy weight.

 

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