It’s summer (yes, we know – it’s been slow in coming) and that means ice-creams and ice lollies. Why should your dog miss out?
While it’s never a good idea to give your dog human treats – their digestion is different from ours and you can end up giving your dog an upset tummy or worse – specially-made doggie delights are a nice idea. And when it’s hot outside your doggie will thank you for something cold to help him keep his cool.
This is really simple – all you need is chicken stock and apple slices. To make chicken stock, use your chicken carcase. Put the bones in plenty of water and bring to the boil. Turn down to a simmer and leave for a few hours. (Keep some chicken stock for yourself – it makes a great base for soup and risotto.) Once the stock has cooled, rinse and slice up some apples into small dice and place in an ice-cube tray. Top up with the cooled stock and freeze.
Broccoli Banana Cubes
Most humans are probably reading this and saying “eww”, but dogs love this tasty treat, which is packed with potassium. Cook one head of broccoli florets in boiling water for five minutes. Puree them with two ripe bananas and put the mixture in an ice-cube tray. Freeze and then feed to your dog.
It is fine to feed your dog broccoli, but avoid certain vegetables. Onions, garlic, leek and chives should never be fed to dogs.
The Ice Cake
The ice cake has two uses – it’s a treat and it is entertainment all in one. Take a cake tin and fill it with chicken stock (see the recipe above) and treats such as peeled carrots, a bone and even tennis balls. Then freeze. As your dog licks the melting chicken stock, she will discover the carrots and bones. Happy days!
Remember – treats should be occasional and avoided if your dog is overweight. Always provide fresh water for your dog to drink at the same time.
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