Popsicles recipe for dogs — you read that right.
Why should you have all the fun when a DIY popsicle can make your pet happy while providing it with nutrients good for its health?
So, raid your kitchen, look up your pantry, and get ready to make some popsicles for your pooch.
Strawberry and Doggie Biscuit
The main ingredients in this popsicle recipe for dogs are strawberries and bone-shaped doggie biscuits. Strawberries are low-calorie fruits rich in antioxidants, fiber, and vitamin C.
They are also in abundance this summer, making them a perfect ingredient for a pupsicle (see what we did there?).
Use the bone-shaped dog biscuit as a popsicle stick. That way, the popsicle will be edible in its entirety.
Here’s how you make it:
- Greek yogurt (replace with water if yogurt will upset your dog’s stomach)
- Dog biscuits
- Put the strawberries and yogurt in the blender. You’re not making these for commercial purposes, so you can just eyeball the quantities of the ingredients.
- Blend the ingredients until they look or feel like a smoothie.
- Scoop the mixture into the popsicle molds.
- Put the molds in the freezer for around 30 minutes, just enough that they don’t feel too soft in the center.
- Take the molds out so you can stick your doggie biscuit into each piece to serve as the popsicle stick.
- Put them back in the freezer until they are frozen. It may take at least four hours.
Once these treats are set, you can serve them to your best friend!
Watermelon is one of the most refreshing summer fruits because of its high water content. Watermelon popsicles for dogs are a welcome treat. The fruit is packed with nutrients like potassium and vitamins A, B6, and C too.
If you have a bone mold, that would be fantastic for this popsicle.
Here’s how you make it.
- 1 cup of watermelon (remove the seeds)
- ½ cup of Greek yogurt (replace with water if yogurt will upset your dog’s stomach)
- 1 ½ teaspoon of honey
- Put all ingredients in a blender.
- Blend the ingredients until they look and feel like a smoothie.
- Spoon the mixture into your bone-shaped molds. Actually, any will do, but using fun molds is just more interesting.
- Freeze them until they are solid—at least four to six hours.
- Serve the popsicles to your pet!
Peanut Butter Banana Popsicle
A dog popsicles recipe peanut butter is very simple to make. Our recipe only has two ingredients — it’s a perfect treat for dogs, especially Beagles.
These munchkins just love bananas. While there are several types of beagles, all of them equally enjoy this peanut butter banana popsicle.
When making this treat, you must check the ingredients of the peanut butter you will use. Make sure it doesn’t have xylitol, a type of artificial sweetener used as sugar replacement. It is dangerous to dogs and you must avoid it, no matter what.
Here’s how you make the peanut butter banana popsicle.
- Peanut butter
- Peel and slice your bananas.
- Blend your sliced bananas. You will know when it’s done because of its creamy consistency.
- Put your blended banana in a bowl.
- Add the same amount of peanut butter to your blended banana.
- Mix them well.
- Spoon the mixture into bite-size molds.
- Freeze them for at least four hours.
- Serve them to your pooch!
There are many dog popsicle recipes with yogurt.
Yogurt is a popular base for popsicles because the end product is on the creamier side than icy. It’s also tasty. More importantly, yogurt is healthy as it is rich in calcium and protein.
You can freeze yogurt as it is, and it’s already a popsicle for your dog. But where’s the fun in that?
What flavor popsicles can dogs eat? You can basically mix yogurt with any fruits that are ideal for dogs: apples, blueberries, cantaloupe, cranberries, cucumbers, mangoes, oranges, peaches, pears, pineapples, and raspberries.
We’ve already covered bananas, strawberries, and watermelon earlier. Just make sure you remove the seeds of whichever fruit you intend to blend with your yogurt.
Here’s how you make yogurt popsicles.
- Fruit of your choice
- Put your yogurt and fruit of choice in the blender.
- Blend the ingredients until the consistency is like that of a smoothie.
- Scoop them into the molds.
- Freeze them for at least four hours.
- They are ready for your dog!
Also Read: Smoothie, Yogurt, and Recipes
Fruit Cubes for Your Teething Pups
Popsicles are not just tasty treats for your dogs, they can ease teething discomfort in puppies. Puppy popsicles for teething will soothe your pet’s gums.
You may use your ice cube tray for this treat instead of a popsicle mold. The principle behind the popsicle process remains the same. The ice cube will just make more bite-size treats, easier for your pup to grab on to.
Here’s how to do it.
- Fruits – at least two kinds that are good together and are ideal for dogs (apple and mango, banana and peach, blueberry and raspberry)
- Water or natural sugar/sweetener free fruit juice
- Put your two fruits and water or fruit juice into the blender.
- Blend the ingredients until the consistency is right.
- Scoop the mixture into the ice cube tray.
- Freeze the mixture for at least four hours.
- Serve the fruit cubes to your teething pups!
What Kind of Popsicles Can You Give a Dog?
Popsicles made from good quality ingredients sans sugar, sweeteners, or any other condiments are safe for dogs to eat. Make sure you choose natural and nutrient-rich ingredients to keep your dog healthy and happy.
So, can dogs eat homemade popsicles? Definitely! In fact, homemade popsicles are better for them because you choose the ingredients that will go into your dog’s treat.
Why not perfect your popsicles recipe for dogs this summer and keep your pet cool in this hot weather? After all, as Milan Kundera said,
Dogs are our link to paradise. They don’t know evil or jealousy or discontent. To sit with a dog on a hillside on a glorious afternoon is to be back in Eden, where doing nothing was not boring.