Four frozen treats to make this summer for your furry friends

Summer can be a wonderful time for you and your pets as you get to spend time together outdoors. However, when temperatures start to rise during the summer months, your pets can be at risk of overheating and suffering from heatstroke.

This is why it is important to keep your animals cool, and on hot and humid days, we recommend providing cold treats for your pets.

Here are four frozen treats that are easy to make and will help your furry friends to cool down.

Frozen treats for dogs

1. ‘Pupsicles’

You will need:

  • An ice cube tray
  • 50g of peanut butter
  • Half a mashed ripe banana
  • Splash of water
  • Mixing bowl

These treats are fast, easy and simple and a real winner with dogs (they are tasty for humans too!).

Simply mix together and freeze in the ice cube tray overnight.

(Please note that while dogs love peanut butter, not all peanut butter is safe for pets, and dog owners should always check packaging for the ingredient Xylitol. This is a sweetener used in many foods, including peanut butter and yogurts. It is safe for humans but can be potentially harmful for dogs. We recommend using raw unsalted peanut butter that is not sugar free or ‘Lite’.)

2. Carrot ‘bones’

You will need:

  • A carrot or two chopped in batons

Carrots are both low in calories and high in fibre and vitamins. Plus, crunching on carrots can be good for your dog’s teeth.

Simply pop them in the freezer overnight…it’s as simple as that! As this treat should keep your dogs busy for a while, it can be perfect for keeping your dogs cool if you have to pop out and leave them home alone for a little while.

Frozen treats for cats

1. ‘Catsicles’

You will need:

  • An ice cube tray
  • A tin of tuna (or salmon if your cat prefers)
  • ½ a cup of water
  • Food mixer

Tuna has always been a firm favourite with cats. Simply whiz together the tuna and water to form a loose paste and pour into the ice cube tray.

Freeze overnight for a treat your cat simply can’t resist.

2. Catnip Ice cubes

You will need:

  • Catnip
  • Hot water
  • Ice cube tray

This is an irresistible and fun treat for your cat that is sure to keep them cool. Simply boil enough water for your ice cube tray and for every 250ml of water, add 1 heaped teaspoon of dried catnip and stir. Pour into your ice cube tray and freeze. Although your cat won’t actually eat these it will help to cool their paws and they’ll have fun batting them around the garden or in a deep sided bowl.

Do you have a favourite dog or cat treat recipe for summer? We’d love to hear about it on Facebook.