Your fur baby deserves healthy treats this summer!
In addition to being good-for-them, these easy frozen yogurt dog treats are perfectly refreshing on hot summer days.
There are many flavor variations you can try. I've listed 3 below that our dogs love. Just be sure that you don't add any foods that can be harmful to your pet, such as…
- chocolate — contains theobromine and caffeine which raise the heart rate and stimulate the nervous system
- xylitol — even a small amount can be deadly
- onions — contain disulfides and sulfoxides (thiosulphate), both of which can cause anemia and damage red blood cells
- grapes and raisins — can cause kidney failure
- avocados — contains persin, which can cause diarrhea, vomiting and heart congestion.
This is not a complete list so please check before including any other foods in these treats (source).
How To Make Probiotic Frozen Yogurt Dog Treats
First, determine the size of frozen yogurt dog treats you need to make. We have 2 dogs — an 80-pound black Labrador and a 10-pound Yoranian. The former wolfs down anything smaller than her head, while the latter's dainty mouth is more particular.
Next, decide what container or mold you'll use, the easiest being a regular ice cube tray. For our Lab the full-sized cubes work just fine, but for the tiny diva dog they are too big. If you have a small dog like our Yoranian, fill the ice cube wells no more than half full (or less). You can also use any silicone mold. There are so many cute designs available too!
Finally, determine how much treat mixture you'll need to fill your chosen mold. The easiest way to do this is to fill the mold with water (to the level that is appropriate for your dog). Pour the water into a measuring container, and note the amount. My ice cube tray has 16 wells and hold 2 cups of water.
Then divvy this total amount up between the ingredients in the recipes below. For example, in the parsley and carrot recipe, I used 1/3 cup each of parsley and shredded carrot, and 1-1/3 cup yogurt. In the recipes below, I've called for the amounts that work for my 2-cup ice cube tray, but you may need to tweak them depending on the capacity of your mold.
Don't have an ice cube tray? Make frozen “cookies” instead! Just spoon the mixture in cookie-sized mounds onto a cookie sheet (you might want to line with parchment paper first), in whatever size you need, and pop in the freezer. Remove from the cookie sheet and store in a container or freezer bag.
Here are 3 nourishing flavors to try in your probiotic frozen yogurt dog treats this summer:
- Parsley + Carrot (good for the breath)
- Blueberry + Mint (also good for the breath)
- Peanut Butter (what dog doesn't like peanut butter, right?)
All 3 passed our meticulous quality control team and were given their paw of approval.
Frozen Yogurt Dog Treats -- 3 Nourishing Flavors!
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These Probiotic Frozen Yogurt Dog Treats are great for your dog's gut health in addition to providing some much needed relief from the summer heat. With 3 nourishing flavors, make these healthy, homemade dog treats to freshen your dog's breath or reward them for a trick!
- 1/3 cup chopped fresh parsley
- 1/3 cup finely shredded carrots
- 1-1/3 cups plain yogurt
- 1/3 cup blueberries
- 1/3 cup chopped fresh mint
- 1-1/3 cup plain yogurt
Peanut Butter Variation
- 1/3 cup peanut butter
- 1-2/3 cup plain yogurt
Choose the variation you'd like to try.
Add all ingredients in that variation to a mixing bowl.
Mix well and spoon into an ice cube tray, silicone mold, or on a parchment paper-lined baking tray in cookie sized mounds.
Freeze for several hours until completely frozen.
Make your dog happy on a hot day with this cool and healthy treat!
More Healthy Information & Recipes For Nourishing Your Dogs, Check Out…
- Homemade Dog Food In The Instant Pot
- Traditional Dog Diet: Raw Feeding
- Probiotic Peanut Buddies: Homemade Frozen Dog Treats
Which flavor will you make for your dog first?
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