Summer has arrived with full force in the UK at the moment & its so hot, as a country the UK isn’t used to this weather so for lots of us its a shock to the system, especially for our furry little friends.
I have two black fluffy dogs who are both a little crazy at the best of times. In this heat I do a few things to help them keep cool, one of them being my Dog ice lolly. I make batches of these through out the hot weather & give them one every so often to help keep them cool & as a little treat.
My dog ice lolly is 100% vegan & gluten free, not because my dogs are vegan, they are not. One of my dogs Prue, is a rescue dog and I’m her 3rd owner and she is getting on in dog years, a drastic change in her diet to become vegan wouldn’t be in her best interest, my other pup Phoebe, is very fussy about what she eats and its taken me a long time to find a brand of dog food that I’m happy for her to eat and one that she will eat. If your dog isn’t vegan you can add some of their favourite meat treats to this recipe.
There are lots of foods you shouldn’t feed your dog as they can be dangerous for them but there are also lots of foods they can have.
Things to never feed your dogs:
❌Grapes & Raisins – can cause kidney failure
❌Avocado – The pit, skin and leaves contain Persin a toxin that causes vomiting & diarrhea the flesh inside doesn’t contain much Persin but still too much for you dog to handle.
❌Onion – NO, Onions, leeks, & chives are from a family called Allium thats poisonous to most pets. Cats & dogs. Can cause vomiting, stomach pain, & diarrhoea.
❌Chocolate – Contains caffeine & theobromine, can cause vomiting, dehydration, abdominal pains, severe agitation, muscle tremors, irregular heart rhythm, elevated body temperature, seizures and death.
Things they can have:
❤️ Apples – Great source of vitamins A & C and packed full of fiber.
❤️Strawberries – Full of fiber & vitamin C are high in sugar so a treat in moderation (be wary of pips & core)
❤️Blueberries – Superfood rich in antioxidants Perfect for dogs
❤️Carrots – Great low calorie snack high in fiber & beta carotene
❤️Cucumber – Perfect for dogs, packed full of vitamins K, C, & B1, plus potassium,
My Dog-Lolly contains coconut milk*, Soya yoghurt*, carrots, apples, & peanut butter. Normally i use a sugar free peanut butter but i didn’t have any and i only used a few table spoons, But if you can use a brand that has no added sugar and check for Xylitol, This sweetener is very dangerous for dogs symptoms of xyllitol poisoning include weakness, tremors, seizures, and death!.
*I checked with my vet that coconut milk & Soya yoghurt where ok for my dogs after reading mixed things online about coconuts, he confirmed that the milk & yoghurt I use is perfectly ok & safe for dogs.
Now the fun bit, to make these you will need:
- Disposable ice cream pots,
- 500ml Water
- 350ml Coconut milk
- 4 Tbsp Soya Yoghurt
- 2 Carrots, grated
- 1 Apple, grated (do not grate to core)
- 3 Tbsp. Peanut butter
- Some of your dogs favourite treats
- Stick treats, like the ones pictured or delta sticks. cut in half
I made 8 using this recipe.
In a bowl add your coconut milk, water, soya yogurt, carrots, apple, peanut butter and mix well so all the peanut butter & yoghurt has mixed in.
Divided your mix into the ice cream pots and and a few of your dogs favourite treats to each one.
Place in the freezer for about 45/60 minutes, after that time you will be able to add the stick treats into the middle, carry on freezing over night or until completely frozen.
To remove from the pots place them in a little warm water and they will pop out the pots & let your dog enjoy. Prue ate hers so quick I couldn’t get a good photo but check out our YouTube channel to see Phoebe lick hers.