Homemade Dog Popsicle Recipes to Keep Your Pooch CoolRuth Roberts
There’s no better way to chill out after a long day playing in the sun than with a cool, refreshing treat.
I have news for you: your dog feels the same way!
Next time you’re out throwing the Frisbee or return from a run, treat your best friend with homemade doggy popsicles.
These delicious treats will not only keep your pal’s tail wagging, but they are also a healthy snack option.
Dog popsicles are made with unprocessed foods that come straight from your refrigerator.
These ingredients, combined with water or stock bases, taste great, and also keep your pet hydrated.
Not to mention, they’re a much healthier option than a dog biscuit.
The best part is that you can make them anytime at home for your furry pal.
Check out a few of our favorite dog popsicle recipes, and give them a try!
Does your family eat chicken on a regular basis? Pick up a little extra the next time you go shopping, and make chicken popsicles for your pooch!
2 chicken breasts, cooked and chopped
2 cups water
1 tablespoon dried parsley
- Divide your cooked and chopped chicken among the disposable cups, about 1/4 cup of chicken in each.
- In a small bowl, mix the water and dried parsley.
- Divide the water mixture among the disposable cups, about 1/2 cup in each.
- Freeze for 8 hours to allow them to fully set.
- Run warm water around the mold to remove the popsicle.
Makes 4 chicken pops.
Tip: Once you’ve boiled the chicken, strain the water thoroughly and check the remaining meat for bones.
Remove any chicken bones to prevent choking or other health risks.
Fruit and Yogurt Popsicles
Yogurt is packed with both calcium and protein, so it makes a great base for puppy popsicles.
Mix in some fresh berries, such as strawberries and blueberries, which are packed with vitamins, and you’ll have a healthy treat for your pet in no time.
1 cup plain non-fat yogurt
¼ cup fresh blueberries
2 cups fresh strawberries
1 banana, peeled and cut into chunks
1/2 of a peeled cucumber
- Place all ingredients in blender and blend until smooth.
- Pour into ice cube trays and freeze.
- Serve to your dog.
Tip: Make sure to buy fat-free plain yogurt that does not contain artificial sweeteners and sugars.
Peanut Butter Banana Popsicles
Most pooches are crazy for peanut butter. I know mine are!
Peanut butter is a good source of protein, and it also contains heart-healthy fats, vitamin B, niacin, and vitamin E.
Add banana, a high potassium fruit that aids in bone health, into the mix, and you’ve got a recipe for a healthy summertime treat.
Show your pet some love and whip up a batch of peanut butter banana pops.
1 cup peanut butter
Half a ripe banana, mashed
Water as needed
- In a small mixing bowl, combine peanut butter with a little water or half a mashed banana.
- Line baking sheet with wax paper.
- Drop spoonfuls of mixture onto baking sheet and freeze.
Tip: When picking out peanut butter, chose a raw, unsalted variety.
Watermelon is a favorite summertime food.
Let your dog in on this delicious treat and make watermelon dog popsicles.
These refreshing and hydrating treats have only one ingredient…watermelon. That’s a recipe that any puppy parent can handle!
- Cut watermelon into bite-sized chunks.
- Freeze watermelon chunks.
Tip: Be sure to cut watermelon chunks into small bite-sized pieces so your dog doesn’t choke.
Pumpkin is good source of fiber and can help your dog with digestive issues.
It’s also easy to incorporate into delicious popsicles your pup will chow down on.
2 cups plain yogurt
1 cup pumpkin
- Combine yogurt and pumpkin.
- Freeze mixture in bit-sized chucks.
Tip: Don’t purchase canned pumpkin with flavoring, added sugars, or spices.
Peanut Butter and Jelly Popsicles
PB&J pops are a fun recipe filled with a very important super fruit…blueberries.
Blueberries provide large amounts of antioxidants, which are vital to your pet’s health.
When combined with protein-packed peanut butter, you create a frozen treat filled with nutrition and yummy flavor.
1/4 cup peanut butter
2 cups strawberries, chopped (frozen or fresh)
1/2 cup blueberries (frozen or fresh)
1 3/4 cup plain yogurt, divided
4 rawhide sticks
1/4 cup peanut butter
3/4 cup plain yogurt
Add peanut butter and yogurt to a blender or food processor and blend until smooth.
2 cups strawberries, chopped
1/4 cup plain yogurt
Add strawberries and yogurt to a blender or food processor, and blend until smooth.
1/2 cup blueberries
3/4 cup plain yogurt
Mix blueberries and yogurt.
- Pour an inch or so of your first layer of mixture into the bottom of each cup.
2. Allow to freeze for 30 minutes, and insert your rawhide stick.
3. Repeat pouring the layers, allowing them to set 30 minutes in between, until they are all used.
4. Freeze for 8 hours to allow them to fully set.
5. Run warm water around the mold to remove the popsicle.
Makes 4 popsicles.
Tip: Purchase fresh, in-season berries, for extra delicious puppy popsicles.
It’s important to pay attention to what you’re putting into your dog’s body at snack time. The same rule also applies for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
I believe the most nutritious meals you can feed your pet come straight from your refrigerator.