It’s hard to believe we have already reached the end of June, but here we are! Summer is just around the corner and if your house is anything like the shelter, your animals are probably looking for some interesting ways to beat the heat (if you have any photos of your pet staying cool this summer we would love to see them – post them in the comments section of our Facebook page!).
Today on the blog, we’re bringing you a fun project for the whole family – pupsicles!
Pupsicles are a fun and creative way to involve the whole family in helping Fido stay cool. Kids will love creating new flavours and your family pooch will love sampling the cold end product! If you haven’t guessed yet, pupsicles are like popsicles for dogs, and they are really easy to make!
What you’ll need:
- Cups, buckets, pupsicle molds or other containers you can use to freeze the ingredients in
- Water or some homemade broth without added salt (most store-bought broths are too high in salt)
- Healthy treats like carrot pieces, apple chunks, mashed pumpkin, soft dog food, kibble, mashed sweet potato, liver treats and/or any other tasty treat your dog loves to eat.
Add some water or broth to your container to fill it about 1/3 full then add a few of the healthy treats. Freeze for 1-2 hours until solid. Repeat three times until the container is full (this is so that the treats are evenly distributed through the ice, but if you are in a hurry or making small treats then you can fill the whole thing at once and freeze it). Once your pupsicle is frozen, bring it out to a safe place in the shade and un-mold it from the container. We suggest placing the pupsicle and dog into the grass as it will be less messy. Playing with a pupsicle in the house can lead to big puddles.
Alternate Pupsicle Options:
Stuff a Kong toy full of soft treats like mashed pumpkin, sweet potato or soft dog food and freeze for 1-2 hours. Your dog will have a great time trying to lick all the delicious snacks out of the middle!
Add a favorite toy or two to the pupsicle above (use washable toys, not plush ones!) to give your toy-loving dog an added incentive to play with the pupsicle.
Do you have some great suggestions on how to help your pet keep cool this summer? Are you going to try making a pupsicle for your pet? If you do, post a picture and let us know how it goes! Have a great suggestion for a future blog? Leave it on our Facebook page as we would love to hear about it!