As we step into the heat of July, keeping our pups cool is a priority here at SICSA. Pup-sicles are a popular frozen treat for the dogs in our care, and our Pet Wants and Retail Program Manager, Michelle, taught us how you can make your own at home! Using pet-safe items, watermelon, and blueberries, you can easily replicate one of our recipes. If your pup prefers more savory treats, we have a more savory option as well. Keep reading to learn how to make your dog’s new favorite summer snack!
For the sweeter recipe, you’ll need an ice cube tray, xylitol-free vanilla yogurt, blueberries, and watermelon.
First, you will want to fill each of your ice cube molds about half way with the yogurt.
Then, you can add your blueberries, watermelon, or both.
After this, cover the placed fruit with another layer of yogurt.
Finally, add a piece of watermelon facing upright as the “stick” for the pup-sicle, and place the tray in the freezer. Once frozen, remove a cube and serve to your pup!
For the savory recipe you will need an ice cube tray, pet-safe, onion-free chicken broth (we made ours in-house!), pieces of cooked chicken, peas, and carrots.
If you would like to make your own pet-safe chicken broth, you can do so easily.
First, bring a pot of water to a boil. Add in small chunks of chicken breast. Leave the chicken in the water and remove a few pieces after about 10 to 15 minutes. Cut the pieces in half to make sure the insides are not at all pink. Remove the cooked chicken pieces and turn off the heat for the pot. Now you have both the cooked chicken and the broth for this recipe!
While your chicken is cooking, you can work on the other elements of your pup-sicles!
Take the peas and place them into the bottom of each ice cube mold.
Then, once the chicken has finished cooking, place a piece into each section with the peas. If you are using pre-made chicken broth, you can also substitute the chicken pieces for another treat, like Pet Wants Beef Jerky!
After this, add your broth.
Finally, add your carrots, leaving them half exposed to use as edible “sticks” for the pup-sicles.
Place the entire tray in the freezer. Once frozen, remove a cube and serve to your four-legged friend!
We hope you enjoyed this easy diy! Feel free to substitute the listed items with any pet-safe options your dog may prefer!