Dear Tabby: Sweet Treats for Summer Dog Days | Community

Dear Tabby,

It’s already so hot outside! Our poor dog is really hot after walks and I was hoping to make him some homemade frozen treats to enjoy once in a while. Any advice or good recipes to share?

I scream, you scream in Garden Oaks

Dear I shout,

Welcome to “Dog Days of Summer”… how are you and your pets holding up? If you’re like the rest of us, you’re probably constantly on the lookout for places to cool off and frozen treats to eat. And what could be better on those scorching summer days than a delicious ice cream treat – for you and your dog?

According to the American Kennel Club, most dogs are not equipped to digest cow’s milk even in moderate amounts. Giving your dog too much milk can cause bloating, diarrhea, constipation, and other digestive upsets. Additionally, many ice creams made for humans contain ingredients that are downright harmful to dogs. Chocolate can be toxic to dogs, as can xylitol, a sugar substitute often found in low-calorie ice cream.

The good news is that it’s ridiculously easy to make ice cream for your dog that’s not only good for him, but pretty tasty too! (Yeah, go ahead and try it yourself – all of these recipes are human tested and dog approved!)

You’ll notice that all of the recipes below contain yogurt, which is considered better and easier for dogs to digest because it’s fermented and contains less lactose.

Ice cream with “frosted paws” flavor

⅓ cup peanut butter

(Note: PLEASE make sure the peanut butter does not contain xylitol, which can be deadly to dogs. The more natural the peanut butter, the better.)

16 ounces plain yogurt

1 ripe banana

Place all ingredients in a blender or food processor and blend until smooth. Pour the mixture into ice cube trays or popsicle molds and freeze for several hours until hard.

Carob nugget ice cream

⅓ cup carob chips

12 ounces plain yogurt

1 tablespoon of honey

Blend ingredients in a bowl or blender until combined, then freeze in ice cube trays for perfectly proportioned treats.

Pumpkin Peanut Butter Dog Ice Cream

32 ounces plain whole milk yogurt

½ cup pumpkin puree (NO pumpkin pie filling – too much sugar!)

2 tablespoons all-natural peanut butter – no added sugar (see note above on xylitol)

2 tablespoons of honey

In a large mixing bowl, combine the pumpkin, peanut butter and honey (slightly warm honey and peanut butter to help them mix together). Stir in the yogurt. Freeze in portioned containers for several hours. Enjoy!

Have a question for Tabby? Email her at deartabby

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