Dog-friendly ice lolly recipes to keep our dogs cool on a hot day

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There's nothing we love more on a hot day than cooling down with a delicious ice lolly or a scoop of ice cream.

My favourite has definitely got to be the iconic Twister.

And we're not alone – our dogs too enjoy devouring these cooling treats in the summer, albeit dog-friendly versions.

Pupsicles are a healthy treat that will keep our dogs happy and refreshed during these soaring temperatures!

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And with this lovely hot weather not showing any signs of disappearing, a doggy ice lolly is another way of helping to keep them cool.

With this in mind, the recipe development team at tails.com have shared four tasty pupsicle recipes.

These dog-friendly treats are very easy to make and use simple ingredients that you most likely already have in your kitchen.

Strawberry and cucumber cooler

Cucumber, strawberries, mint and water = the pawfect cooling treat for your pup

Packed with fresh flavours, this recipe is perfect for cooling down on a hot day.

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Simply take cucumber and a little bit of fresh mint, blend it up with some water and add sliced strawberries – it’s super refreshing and low in calories, and makes a delicious treat for humans too!

Servings : 4 lollies or 10 – 12 cubes

What you’ll need

  • 100g cucumber

  • 50g strawberries, sliced thinly

  • 2 small mint leaves

  • 200ml water

Method

  1. In a blender, combine the cucumber, mint and water

  2. Pour the mixture into your ice cube tray or mould

  3. Place a slice of strawberry into each section

  4. Freeze overnight

Watermelon

Frozen watermelon (with seeds and rind removed) is the perfect sweet treat for a dog

Not only is watermelon one of our favourite summertime fruits, but it has a whole host of other benefits.

It’s refreshing, packed with vitamins, and it’s great for keeping hydrated as it has high water content.

Serves: Around 8 cubes, depending on the size of your tray

What you need

  • 200g watermelon – with seeds and rind removed (as these aren’t easily digestible)

  • A few Good Dog Treats

  • An ice cube tray, lolly mould to freeze them in

Method

  1. Cut your deseeded watermelon into cubes

  2. Use a food processor, hand blender or the end of a rolling pin to blend the melon until smooth. You could add a little bit of water at this point if you want to make your batch stretch a little further!

  3. Pour the mixture into your mould

  4. Break up the treats into smaller pieces and add to the mix

  5. Pop into the freezer until done

  6. Serve as a refreshing treat on a hot summer’s day!

Even though watermelon is quite low calorie, it does still contain some sugars so it’s best to keep it as an occasional treat.

Peanut butter and banana ice cream

Peanut butter and banana ice cream is suitable for both dogs and humans – so you really can have a treat with your pooch

It’s a classic combination, and one that our dogs will love too.

It’s great stuffed into a Kong, on a lick-mat, or just dished up in a bowl. And like most of the recipes from Tails.com , it’s suitable for dogs and humans.

Servings : 3 – 4 scoops

What you’ll need

  • 1 peeled banana – the riper the better!

  • 1 heaped tablespoon of peanut butter (xylitol free)

  • 2 heaped tablespoons of dairy-free yoghurt, kefir – or water, if you prefer

Method

  1. Peel your banana (no skins please, they’re not easy to digest) and mash it together with the peanut butter and yoghurt or kefir

  2. When the ingredients are combined to a smooth consistency, spoon the mix into a freezable container

  3. Pop it in the freezer until it’s ready

  4. Scoop and serve!

Banana is a great dog-friendly fruit because it’s packed with vitamins and minerals – like potassium and vitamin C – and full of fibre (great for healthy poo). Bananas are high in sugar, so do save them as an occasional treat.

Chicken and apple pupsicles

More than just a refreshing treat, this recipe is also good for our dog’s dental health too.

Servings: 1

What you’ll need:

  • 100ml low salt chicken stock

  • 1 dental stick (ours really get tails wagging)

  • ¼ of an apple (no pips as they can be toxic for dogs)

Method:

  1. Mix up your stock and leave it to cool

  2. Chop up the apple into small pieces

  3. Pop the apple pieces into a small plastic cup, ramekin or ice-lolly mould

  4. Pour over the chicken stock

  5. Using sellotape, create four barriers over the top of your dish – this will hold the dental stick in place (for a how-to, have a look at the video below)

  6. Freeze overnight, or until frozen

  7. When it’s ready to eat, run the sides of the pot under warm water to loosen the lolly and remove the tape

  8. Use the dental stick to grab the lolly – time to enjoy!

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