Summer DIY Dog Treats to Keep Your Pup Cool and Refreshed

Summer DIY Dog Treats to Keep Your Pup Cool and Refreshed

Summer in Winnipeg, MB, can be a fantastic time to enjoy the great outdoors, but it can also bring some serious heat. Just like us, our furry friends need to stay cool and refreshed during these warm months. Ensuring your dog is hydrated and cool is essential, especially during those peak summer days when temperatures soar.


One fun and effective way to help your dog beat the heat is by preparing homemade dog treats. Not only are these treats a great way to show your love, but they also ensure that your pet gets wholesome, nutritious, and cooling snacks. Here are five DIY dog treat recipes that are perfect for keeping your pup refreshed this summer.

5 Summer Dog Treat Recipes To Keep Your Pups Cool This Summer

Frozen Peanut Butter Banana Bites



1 ripe banana

1 cup plain Greek yogurt

2 tablespoons peanut butter (ensure it’s xylitol-free)



Mash the banana in a bowl until smooth.

Add the Greek yogurt and peanut butter, mixing until well combined.

Spoon the mixture into ice cube trays or silicone molds.

Freeze for at least 2 hours, or until solid.

Pop out the treats and serve to your happy dog!


Watermelon Pup-sicles



2 cups seedless watermelon, pureed

1 cup coconut water

A handful of fresh blueberries



Puree the watermelon until smooth.

Mix in the coconut water.

Pour the mixture into ice cube trays or molds, filling halfway.

Add a few blueberries to each mold.

Freeze until solid.

Serve as a delicious and hydrating treat.


Chicken and Sweet Potato Ice Cubes



1 cup cooked chicken, shredded

1 cup cooked sweet potato, mashed

1 ½ cups low-sodium chicken broth



Mix the shredded chicken and mashed sweet potato together.

Spoon the mixture into ice cube trays.

Pour chicken broth over the mixture to fill the trays.

Freeze for a few hours, or until completely frozen.

These savory ice cubes will keep your dog cool and happy.


Apple and Yogurt Pops



1 cup plain Greek yogurt

1 cup unsweetened applesauce

A dash of cinnamon (optional)



Combine the Greek yogurt and applesauce in a bowl.

Add a dash of cinnamon if desired, and mix well.

Pour the mixture into ice cube trays or molds.

Freeze until solid.

Enjoy watching your dog savor these cool, tasty treats.


Berry Banana Smoothie Bites



1 banana

1 cup mixed berries (blueberries, strawberries, raspberries)

½ cup plain Greek yogurt



Blend the banana and mixed berries until smooth.

Add the Greek yogurt and blend again until well combined.

Pour the mixture into molds or ice cube trays.

Freeze for a few hours until solid.

These smoothie bites are sure to be a hit!

Keep Your Pup Cool and Consult Your Vet To Ensure Your Pet Stays Healthy & Happy This Summer!

These homemade dog treats are a simple and fun way to keep your furry friend cool during Winnipeg’s summer heat. However, before making any changes to your pet’s diet, it’s always a good idea to consult with your vet. Our team at Henderson Animal Hospital is here to help ensure your dog stays healthy and happy.


So, get creative in the kitchen and treat your dog to these refreshing snacks. Remember, every pet is unique, and what works for one may not work for another. Your vet’s advice is invaluable in ensuring your pet’s dietary needs are met safely. Contact Henderson Animal Hospital today for guidance or to book a wellness exam today. 


Enjoy making these treats and have a fantastic summer with your furry friend!