Pup Pops to Help Dogs Beat the Heat!
A Fruity Treat to Keep Your Dog Cool This Summer
Even with all the rain we’ve been having in Toronto this summer, there have been some pretty hot days. And if you’re hot, just think how hot your furry friend is on these days! Enter, the Fruity Pup Pops.
Not only is it fun to say Fruity Pup Pops as much as I can while I’m making them, but they’re also a great way to keep your dog cool on these really hot summer days. Sure, a regular ice cube would do the trick, but these are so much cooler. And, as always, they are crazy easy to make.
NOTE: It’s so important that you check with your vet before you introduce your dog to a new human food. And make sure you know which fruits are safe for your dog, as some fruits can be toxic. Finally, all human foods, even if they’re safe, should only be given to dogs in small doses.
I like to make two types when I make these, 1 tray of each flavour. The first is a blueberry banana flavour, and the second is an apple peanut butter. Here is what you’ll need:
- 1/2 cup of blueberries
- 1 banana
- 1 apple
- 1 tablespoon peanut butter
- 1/2 tablespoon coconut oil (optional)
Next you just need a few ice cube trays. I found these at Dollarama that work really well because they have cool pop out bottoms.
Prepare the Pops
We’ll start with the blueberry banana pops. Grab your blueberries and your banana. Throw them in the blender and add about a 1/2 cup of water (you can add your coconut oil here too if you’re using it). You want the mixture to be fairly runny and enough to fill the ice cube tray. The blend!
Once it’s liquefied, simply pour the mixture into the ice cube tray.
Put the tray in the freezer and then start on your apple peanut butter pops. Peel the apple, cut out the core and throw it in the blender (apple seeds are toxic to dogs so make sure you don’t use it). Throw in your peanut butter and, again, add about a 1/2 cup of water. Then blend again!
By this point you might have a very curious visitor…
Once you’ve poured that mixture into your second ice cube tray, stick it in the freezer along with the first one. Give them a couple of hours to freeze up nicely and then give your fur baby one (or two!) to try. Then you can just leave them in there to use as special treats on super hot days. Hope they enjoy! Someone here did…