Summer Treats for Fido

Do you enjoy summer? Or are you already ready for cooler weather? Even if you aren’t a big fan of the heat, there’s a good chance that you enjoy certain cold snacks, like shakes or smoothies, on hot days. Our canine buddies, as you likely know, are also big fans of treats. Why not pamper your pooch a bit this year? Read on as a Glendale, AZ vet lists some cold summer treats for Fido.

Puppy Ice Cream

To make a doggy version of this summer classic, start by mixing pureed pumpkin, natural PB, and/or ripe bananas with yogurt. For toppings, you can add cheese, shredded beef or chicken, crushed up doggy biscuits, bacon bits, pet-safe fruits and veggies, or cut-up hot dog bites.

Cheeseburger Bites

Add a little water or gravy to some plain, cooked hamburger or ground turkey. Then, add cheese and/or bacon bits, and freeze in small portions. Presto! Happy dog.

Slice Of Heaven

This one is super easy! Pick up a roll of precooked lamb roll, hamburger, or sausage. You can also get a roll of gourmet dog food. Put it in the freezer, and slice off a piece for Fido on hot days.


Pour some sodium-free chicken or beef broth into wax paper cups. You can also use water. Next, add a chew stick or some doggy biscuits. You can also customize Fido’s snacks by adding hamburger, bacon, bacon bits, cheese, pieces of kibble, or safe fruits and veggies.

PB Banana Bits

Mix ripe bananas and organic PB. You can also add some plain yogurt. Divide into small portions, and freeze.

Apple Snacks

Put some apple slices into an ice cube tray. Make sure to remove the seeds and pips: they aren’t safe for dogs. Then, add sodium-free broth and freeze. Instant tail wags!


Feel free to mix and match these recipes to customize your pet’s treats. Just be sure to stick with dog-safe ingredients, like cheese, bacon bits, cooked eggs, plain, boneless meat, and vet-approved fruits and veggies. Avoid anything that isn’t safe for dogs, such as garlic and onions; grapes, currants, and raisins; meat on the bone; chocolate; nuts; pitted fruits, especially avocados; raw meat, dough, or yeast; caffeine; and alcohol. Ask your vet for specific advice.

Please contact us, your Glendale, AZ animal clinic, for all your pet’s veterinary care needs. We are here to help!

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