During the hot summer months, your dog can get very hot very quickly and it can be a challenge to cool them down. Ice lollies are a great way to keep your dog occupied whilst cooling them down. They are so easy to make and you can change the recipe to cater to your pooch. Here are some sweet and savoury recipes to suit all taste buds.

Fruit Smoothie

To make this tasty treat, all you need to do is blend some fruit into a pulp and place in the freezer. You can use anything from ice cube trays to ice lolly moulds. It is important to check what foods are safe for your dog as well as choosing ingredients that aren’t too sugary and fattening. Some fruits that are safe for dogs include apples, bananas and blueberries. These are a source of vitamins and fibre.

Some fruits to avoid that aren’t suitable for your dog include cherries and grapes. These are both toxic to dogs and can cause potentially fatal health problems such as kidney failure.

Blended Veg

Vegetables are another healthy alternative. There are plenty of vegetables suitable for your dog and you can even use leftovers from your dinner to avoid wasting food. Celery, cucumber, green beans, peas and potatoes are some examples. However, asparagus, avocado, mushrooms and onions are some of the most toxic vegetables you should steer clear of. These are potentially fatal to all breeds of dog.

Meat Broth

This is a cheap and easy recipe that can be made from your dog’s everyday food. All you need to do is put a spoonful of wet dog food with some gravy or stock into an ice cube tray and allow it to freeze. This is a good alternative if you want to stick to your dog’s usual diet and avoid treats.

Frozen Yoghurt

Low-fat yoghurt can be purchased in any supermarket and is inexpensive. To make a tasty frozen treat, you can simply coat some dog treats in the yoghurt and freeze.

Luxury Lollies

For those dog owners who love to pamper their pooch, here is a recipe that combines multiple ingredients. To make these pumpkin frosties you will need to mix together and freeze the following:

–       2 bananas

–       2 tablespoons peanut butter

–       2 tablespoons honey

–       4 tablespoons pumpkin

–       24 oz fat free yoghurt

–       1 teaspoon cinnamon