Admit it, you enjoy popsicles don’t you? Well, dogs love them too! You probably want to share the last few nibbles of your popsicle with your dog, or maybe you would like to give your best buddy in the world a whole popsicle to eat. A question like this pops into our heads when it is hot outside. Therefore, ice cream popsicles are particularly good to have around during the hot summer months.
In fact, your dog probably needs to cool off more than you do since he or she has a fur coat on 24 hours a day. But can you really give your favorite pet dog a popsicle?
There is an ongoing debate about giving popsicles to dogs. Some say it’s alright while others say it is bad for your dog. We are here to settle the issue once and for all.
Can I Give My Dog Popsicles? Answer: Yes, But Make Your Own
You read it right, you can give your dog popsicles. Generally, popsicles are OK to be given to dogs, but there are certain restrictions and limitations. It is therefore important to find out more before going all-out and giving popsicles to your dog, especially on a regular basis.
You can give popsicles to your dog as long as they are made of safe and natural ingredients. Those popsicles that contain artificial coloring and sweeteners are very harmful to dogs over the long term. You should never give those types of popsicle treats to your favorite pet dog. If you are sure that your frozen popsicles are made of sugar-free ingredients and that there are no preservatives in them, then go ahead and enjoy this tasty treat with your best friend.
Making Safe Popsicles at Home
In order to make sure that you are not feeding your dog unhealthy popsicle treats, you can choose to make your own popsicles at home. Note that your dog particularly likes the cold qualities of the popsicles and so the flavor only comes secondary to enjoying this type of treat. Think of the blazing sun in July!
You can even make popsicles that are only made of plain water; and for sure, your dog will enjoy this cold treat as well. You can keep it simple too. If you have one of those popsicle makers, just put plain water in the containers (minus the popsicle stick) and your pooch can have a cold treat anytime. Those afternoon hours during the hot months of summer are really brutal for K9s and you’d be really helping them out.
It cannot be understated that dogs really do need to cool off during hot weather conditions in order to avoid dehydration. Popsicles serve the dual purpose of being a doggy treat and a preventive measure for dehydration. If you keep it healthy you are definitely doing the right thing.
If you want to get fancy and keep your dog hydrated at the same time, you can use Pedialyte and Gatorade as the main ingredients in your homemade popsicles. Simply mix a sufficient amount of Pedialyte or Gatorade (flavored or unflavored) in water and freeze this up using popsicle containers. Dilute the Gatorade to cut down on their sugar intake. Also, if you don’t have a popsicle maker, you can use ordinary ice trays instead.
Simple Popsicle Recipes for Your Dog
Use your imagination and you can create fantastic, delicious, and nutritious popsicle recipes for your dog. For example, you can combine peanut butter and banana in a blender and then freeze these in ice trays or paper cups. You can even enjoy this homemade cold treat with your dog (it’s good for both of you!).
Another simple way to create a healthy popsicle is to mix yogurt (flavored or unflavored), fresh fruit juice and peanut butter in a blender. You can then freeze the pureed mixture in the freezer for a delicious treat for the whole family.
For a really fast and improvised popsicle to give as treat to your dog, you can simply freeze carrots or bananas. These are healthy foods and it will soothe your dog during the warm seasons.
Advantages of Giving Healthy Popsicles to Your Dog
Let’s recap and go over the advantages of giving popsicles, either fruit flavored or not, aside from giving your dog happiness. This is an effective way to keep them hydrated all throughout the hot summer months. There are cases of dogs losing consciousness due to prolonged heat exposure. There are also reported cases of heat stroke when a dog can get badly dehydrated. Once your dog is weakened and vulnerable the damage can quickly worsen so hydration is key.
You can avoid this problem in a fun and enjoyable way by sharing these cold treats with your pet dog. Just stick to healthy ingredients. There’s no reason to provide chemically laced foods when trying to achieve better hydration for your dog.
Cooling Down with Tasty Popsicles
So to review, during those hot and humid summer months, when the heat can get scorching hot, don’t forget to share some popsicle treats with your dog. Just make sure that the popsicles don’t contain harmful ingredients that can be dangerous to your dog. Enjoy the summer!