Dogs love food treats just as much as we do – but, as we all know, many human treats are not only unsuitable for dogs; they can actually be dangerous to their health and well-being.
Here is a quick and easy recipe for a great summer treat (courtesy of the Humane Society) which your dog will love – and it is good for him!
Peanut Butter Icy Treats
1 cup of unsalted and unsweetened peanut butter
½ ripe banana, mashed
Fresh water (as needed)
Combine the peanut butter with the mashed banana in a small bowl. Use a little water to improve the consistency for freezing (but not too much!)
Spoon the mixture into an ice cube tray or into a freezer-safe container or tray (in small bite-size portions as if you were making cookies).
Freeze overnight. The bite-sized treats can be stored in a container or plastic freezer bag in the freezer.
Serve to your dog as a treat or a reward, or just to cool him down on a hot summer day.
You can make icy treats for your dog (or cat) in this manner, using any ingredients he or she would usually eat and which are safe for canine or feline consumption. Try watering down wet food, suspending treats in water and freezing them (frozen veggies your dog loves will work well). (Cats enjoy lactose-free cat-milk – this freezes well and will be a popular treat).
A great alternative to peanut butter and banana is to make frozen treats from a small container of plain, non-fat natural yoghurt, 1 cup of fruit juice (no added sugar) and ½ cup of minced carrots. Mix well and freeze in ice-cube trays until solid.
Another great idea for dogs is to fill up a rubber Kong toy with the above peanut butter and banana mix and freeze it – hours of cool fun will be had, and it’s a great way to keep him occupied while you are entertaining or out.
Note – never use onions or onion powder, macadamia nuts, salt, potatoes, tomatoes, avocadoes, rhubarb, or any other food items which are dangerous to dogs (see our previous post on this issue here…)