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Pretty much everyone, dogs included, enjoys eating popsicles.
You’ll be happy to hear that sharing a flavored ice treat is A-OK. In fact, this refreshing dessert is very useful on hot summer days.
Dogs, because they’re wearing a fur coat all the time, need to cool off — particularly during extreme temps!
But in all seriousness…
You can provide your dog with a popsicle.
Of course, this topic is not without controversy. Some pet parents view the idea unfavorably.
It really is a judgement call and here is our take…
Your Dog Can Occasionally Have a Popsicle (preferably homemade)
Just don’t get carried away and feed a whole bunch.
Keep popsicles as a special treat only.
Too many in one sitting is a bad idea. Likewise, don’t feed your dog ice pops frequently.
Also strive for natural ingredients if you can.
Popsicles with artificial coloring and sweeteners may be harmful over the long term.
Popsicles Practical For Pets
Dogs really do need to cool off during hot weather conditions to avoid dreaded and downright dangerous dehydration.
So popsicles serve a dual purpose!
They are a great doggy treat as well as a preventive measure. Bonus points for keeping it healthy!
Here’s an idea:
Simply mix a sufficient amount in water and freeze it using a popsicle container. Dilute Gatorade to reduce sugar intake.
Some Other Popsicle Ideas
You can create delicious and nutritious popsicle recipes for your dog.
Put peanut butter and banana in a blender. Then freeze in ice trays or paper cups.
That’s a healthy treat that will also cool down a dog.
Another popsicle idea is yogurt mixed with fresh fruit juice. Place the pureed mixture in the freezer for a wonderful treat.
Last but not least, freezing a carrot or banana is also a great popsicle recipe!
FYI: The above are healthy foods that are also soothing.
Freezing Water Works Too
There is a simple way to avoid feeding your dog unhealthy dessert treats, but also make them feel included.
Just put water in popsicle maker containers – minus the stick!
The thing is pets actually like the coldness more than anything. It is greatly appreciated when there’s a blazing summer sun.
With this approach, your dog can have an ice cold popsicle treat anytime. An ordinary ice tray does the trick!
Popsicles to Rover’s Rescue
There are many cases of dogs losing consciousness from sun exposure.
Heat stroke can easily occur when they get badly dehydrated and the damage can quickly worsen once your dog is weakened and vulnerable.
Hydration is critically important.
Popsicles work to avoid such a scenario. Feeding them is a fun and enjoyable way to share cold treats.
Again, just avoid questionable ingredients!
The Bottom Line
You can give your dog a special popsicle treat.
It’ll help with hydration. So, sometimes sharing one is smart.
But go a step further and make popsicles at home. You’ll keep sugar levels to a minimum and avoid artificial ingredients.
Providing popsicles to your dog doesn’t have to be problematic!