During the Dog Days of Summer, we are always on the lookout for new DIY icy treats for Fido. We came across this paw-some recipe by the folks at DogVills, who used two canine favorites: pumpkin and banana. Banana’s creamy consistency is a natural choice for icy concoctions for dogs and humans alike, and pumpkin is high in fiber.
This Dog Treat is:
Wheat and Gluten Free
Full of Nutritious, Tasty Fruit
Pumpkin, technically a fruit, is naturally rich in fiber and beta carotene. These two nutrients convert to Vitamin A, which support skin, coat, and vision health. Pumpkin also helps regulate bowel movements and helps with diarrhea and constipation.
Please note: As with all treats, they should be given to pets in moderation and not as a substitute for a meal. A daily snack of a few Pup Pops is reasonable; a whole tray is not!
Banana is high in potassium, which can aid in joint health, and magnesium and Vitamins C and K. This sweet, tropical fruit supports blood vessel and muscle function as well. It’s a great on-the-go snack for people and dogs too!
Ingredients & Materials
1 cup plain non-fat yogurt
1 (15 oz) can of pumpkin puree (NOT pumpkin pie mix)
1 teaspoon honey
1 ripe banana*
Silicone candy molds in the shape of your choice or ice cube trays
* May be substituted for other dog-friendly fruits, though the texture may not be a creamy as with a banana.
For Steps on how to make these fun and healthy ice pops for dogs, head over to DogVills’ Frozen Pumpkin Banana Pup Pops. We hope your dog enjoys them as a delicious summer treat!
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