Have you ever been tempted to treat your best friend to a scoop of your favorite ice cream during a hot summers day? I think all dog owners have at one point or another.
Just one scoop won’t hurt him, will it?
It’s important to know commercial ice cream has many additives that are considered toxic towards dogs; such as theobromine and xylitol.
I would always recommend finding alternatives to commercially made ice cream to be safe for your furry friend. Some of the ingredients listed above, as well as excessive dairy, can cause diarrhea, vomiting, and constipation.
It’s still hot outside though, you might consider frozen pineapple slices or ice cubes, but why should Fido miss out on ice cream too? A good idea is to use homemade doggie ice cream as a tasty snack to reward training sessions whilst using positive reinforcement puppy training. Read on to discover our favorite recipe.
Smooth Peanut and Banana Doggie Ice Cream
Time to prepare some ingredients for your dog ice cream recipe.
Fortunately, ice cream for dogs can be prepared and made within three hours, unlike human ice cream, so you can even choose to make it in the morning and serve at lunchtime!
To start with you will need an ice cube tray (with 12 or more wells) and a blender, and then it’s time to pop to the shops.
Collect the following from your local store:
- 2 ready-to-eat bananas (not ripe)
- A quart of plain yoghurt
- Some creamy and smooth peanut butter (make sure it’s natural and does not contain sugar or sweeter)
Once you are home with the ingredients it’s time to prepare this tasty snack.
- Prepare the bananas by removing the peel and slicing them into equal 1cm thick slices. You should produce around 2 cups of banana slices.
- Place all of the slices into a blender.
- Then move onto the yoghurt, pour the yoghurt into the blender before placing half a cup of peanut butter into the blender. Once you have emptied the three ingredients into your blender… fire it up!
- You should blend this mixture between 60 to 90 seconds until the bananas have become smooth and the ingredients are mixed smooth. Pour the mixture from your blender into an ice cube tray and place the tray directly into a freezer.
- You will want to check the mixture after two hours to check the consistency; it should be frozen and cold but not frozen solid.
This delicious doggie ice cream is now ready to be served up to your pet!
You can happily feed your pooch this recipe during those hot and clammy summer days, without worrying about the negative health issues and implications associated with feeding your dog commercial ice cream.
If ever you get tempted to feed your dog commercial ice cream – don’t. The health implications are not good. Instead, pop to the supermarket, grab bananas, plain yoghurt, and peanut butter, place it all in a blender and freeze the mixture in an ice cube tray.
Now your dog has a tasty healthy snack which can be fed in small quantities during those hot days!
What is your dog’s favourite summer treat?