Beat the heat for your dogs with these refreshing foods

Let’s face it kids– its going to be one hot summer! I don’t know about you, but my dogs have been tromping back into the house with their tongues hanging out, begging for water after a short 5 minute stint in the sun.

Here at Grateful Pet, we always notice two things during a hot spell. First, our dog food sales slow down a bit and secondly, we get lots of calls from worried owners saying “my dog won’t eat.”  Just like us, dogs just don’t always fancy eating during hot weather. If your dog skips a meal or two, don’t go rushing off to the vet.  They simply aren’t that hungry. But, if you’re worried about their nutrition while they’re dodging the food bowl, here are a few ideas:

1.) Kale Chips

We consider our friend and loyal customer, The Produce Mom, the expert on all things fruit & veggie. She describes kale as a “super food” because it is nutrient rich and phytochemical-rich. Not only is this food awesome for you, it is also an awesome choice for your dog. Of course, she has a fantastic kale chips recipe on her  blog. Fortunately, the same recipe can be used for your dogs (just take it easy on the salt).

2.) Popsicles

Who DOESN’T love a popsicle on a hot day?

No one…the answer is no one.

Same applies to your dogs- they will go bonkers over these treats!  Best of all, they’re super easy and very healthy.

  1. Simply blend together a couple of fruits, such as apples, bananas, apricots, peaches cantelope. You can even mix in a bit of yogurt if you’d like.
  2. Pour the mixture into a small, paper dixie cup and place in the freezer.
  3. Once frozen, peel off the paper cup and feed the frozen pop to your pet.

3.) Pumpkin Ice Cream

This is a treat best served outdoors, as it can be kind of messy if your dog noses it across the floor while licking away. It’s also a great treat for stuffing in a Kong. For older dogs with sensitive mouths, allow the frozen cubes to thaw for a few minutes before feeding.

INGREDIENTS

1 c water
2 chicken livers
1 c plain low-fat yogurt
1 c solid-pack pumpkin puree (note: not pie filling)

DIRECTIONS

• Bring the water and the chicken livers to boil in a small sauce pan. Decrease the heat and simmer for 8 minutes.
• Drain the livers, reserving the stock for pouring over food or making dog cookies. Allow the livers to cool, then chop finely.
• Combine the livers, yogurt, and pumpkin in a medium bowl and stir until smooth.
• Spoon the mixture into an ice cube tray and freeze for 4 to 6 hours.

Yield: 12 ice-cream cubes, ¾ cup stock

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