These tasty treats are healthy options to help your pooch cool down in the summer heat. It takes no time to prepare a batch of quick and easy frozen treats for your dog in ice-cube trays – that way both you and your pooch can enjoy a delicious snack on a sunny afternoon.
Yogurt / kefir and herb penguins
OK so they don’t have to be penguins: I just happen to have a cute penguin silicone ice-cube mold.
Choose an unsweetened yogurt with live bacteria or a dairy kefir to provide the best probiotic benefits for your pup. It also gives your dog an excellent source of calcium.
To make these lovely little treats even better, chop up some fresh herbs and mix into the yoghurt/kefir before filling the ice-cube mold. I use lemon balm, but mint will do fine and both will help sweeten your pup’s breath. If you use mint, make sure it’s not English Pennyroyal Mint which is toxic to dogs. Peppermint or spearmint are both fine.
The health benefits of lemon balm:
It is a calming nervine, helping reduce anxiety in nervous dogs, whilst helping dogs to be more focussed – great for those older pooches who are getting a little confused. Studies in Alzheimer’s show its benefits for dogs that suffer from cognitive dysfunctions.
It has muscle-relaxing, deodorizing, disinfecting, and insect-repelling benefits.
As a digestive aid it helps reduce gas in the gut and intestines.
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The sky’s the limit when it comes to frozen treats. I especially like this one by Planet Paws.