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Summer treats & tips to keep your dog cool

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Summer is a great time of year but for our dogs the heat can be difficult to deal with. So with this in mind we thought why not help them cool down with some tasty treats and tips.

Help your dog stay cool in the heat

Yianni loves nothing more than food, so this is a perfect way to help him in the warmer months! Human ice lollies tend to contain a high amount of sugar and concentrated juice which is why we tend to not feed them to Yianni. These recipes are not just perfect for your dog, you can enjoy them too and they are a great way to get your children involved.

All measurements for our tasty cold treats will depend on the size of your dog and also on how much you would like to make in one batch.

Smoothies

Smoothies are great but with Yianni we can only give him a small amount otherwise he tends to be a little sick. As it is difficult to make small smoothies, we tend to freeze what is left and then crush it once frozen to make a dog slushie.

Pineapple and banana

Ingredients

Fresh or Frozen chunks of Pineapple (Contains Vitamin B1, B6, and C as well as copper, folate, pantothenic acid and fibre)

Fresh or Frozen Chopped Banana (Contains vitamin C and B6, which helps improve heart health and maintain blood pressure)

Water, Ice cubes or Greek yoghurt (If you are using Greek yoghurt we recommend using smaller amounts)

Process

Add all off your ingredients to the blender and whizz away! Then add to your dog bowl’s bowl or if you want to add something else to their smoothie experience why not serve them this beautiful creation in a fancy cup. If you have any leftover why not make some ice cubes or ice lollies for another day!

Spinach, banana and strawberry

Spinach (contains Vitamin A, B, C and K as well as calcium, iron, potassium and fibre. It helps protect against inflammation and heart issues, as well as cancer)

Banana (contains vitamin C and B6, which helps improve heart health and maintain blood pressure)

Strawberries (are an excellent source of vitamins C and K as well as providing a good dose of fibre, folic acid, manganese and potassium. They contain an enzyme that can help whiten your dog's teeth.)

Water, Ice cubes or Greek yoghurt (If you are using Greek yoghurt we recommend using smaller amounts)

Process

Add all off your ingredients to the blender and whizz away! Then add to your dog bowl’s bowl or if you want to add something else to their smoothie experience why not serve them this beautiful creation in a fancy cup. If you have any leftover why not make some ice cubes or ice lollies for another day!

my dog is getting to hot in the heat

Ice Lollies and Ice Cubes

Let’s face it who doesn’t love a refreshing ice lolly on a hot day! Our dogs regulate their temperature through their tongue, so they must agree! This is a great way to make your own homemade treats and know exactly what ingredients are going into them. When we first made Yianni's ice lollies nostalgia kicked in and we were taken back to the fun we had as children making our own lollies. We purchased round ice moulds for Yianni as we wanted to provide a little mental stimulation while he eats them. There are two ways that you can make these:

  1. Place your ingredients into the ice lolly/ice cube mould and then add water.
  2. Add all the ingredients to your blender and once blended add to your mould.

Strawberry and cucumber

  • Strawberries (are an excellent source of vitamins C and K as well as providing a good dose of fibre, folic acid, manganese and potassium. They contain an enzyme that can help whiten your dog's teeth.)
  • Cucumber (aside from vitamins K, C, and magnesium. It may help freshen their breath)
  • Water

Apple and Pear

  • Chopped Apple with core and seeds removed - (The main ingredient in apples is pectin, a fibre that creates short chain fatty acids. These are responsible for removing toxins in the intestinal tract, improving the muscles surrounding the intestines and aid in removing bad bacteria.)
  • Chopped pear with core and seeds removed - (They contain pectin that helps strengthen the intestinal tract. Pears also contain potassium that helps maintain heart and muscle strength and carbohydrate metabolism. Fibre promotes colon health by removing bile salts that have the added benefit of reducing cholesterol levels. Pears are also rich in vitamin C that can help repair damage from free radicals, promotes immune system health and even stimulates vitamin E if it has been deactivated by free radicals.)
  • Water

Carrot, pea and banana

  • Chopped carrot - (minerals found in carrots include riboflavin, niacin, calcium, phosphorous, sodium, magnesium, and iron. These important vitamins and nutrients support the immune system and digestion.)
  • Chopped banana - (contains vitamin C and B6, which helps improve heart health and maintain blood pressure)
  • Peas - (Contain vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, B6, C and K. They also contain thiamin, phosphorus, manganese, fibre, and folate.)
  • Water

Ice cubes

fun things for children to do with the dog

Blueberry - (contains high levels of resveratrol, a chemical that contains anti-cancer and heart-disease fighting capabilities. The tannins found in blueberries can also help prevent urinary tract infections)

Cucumber - (contains vitamins K, C, and magnesium)

Strawberry - (contains iron, copper, magnesium, phosphorus, vitamin B6, vitamin K and vitamin E)

Carrot - (contains riboflavin, niacin, calcium, phosphorous, sodium, magnesium, and iron)

For treats on the go we like to throw a carrot in the freezer the night before and take it with us when go out.

These are all the recipes that have gone down a treat with Yianni but there are so many variations you can make your own! Please click here to see our “Which fruits and vegetables can I feed my dog?” blog for what is safe to feed your dog.

Summer Tips

In between treats you can use your Jax & Bones dog toys to cool your dog, by dipping into water and freezing it. 

Knowing when and if to walk your dog in the summer can be difficult and not taking them out can feel like your letting them down! One way to know if it is too hot is to check the pavement for heat by placing your hand or bare foot on the surface for 10 seconds. If it is too hot for you to keep your hand or foot on it, then it is too hot for your dog to walk on. Also if you are taking a walk try to go to a shaded walking area or go for a lovely summer morning/evening walk.

If your dog wears a bandanna, necktie, or bow tie you can run it under water to keep their neck cool. Also splash some water under their arms/ legs and on their paw pads.

Dogs pant to circulate the necessary air through their bodies to cool down, so if your dog wears a muzzle check they have the ability to pant while wearing it. 

If your dog is showing signs of Heat Stroke please do not feed them ice of any kind, as this can be dangerous. For advice on heat stroke click here or contact your local vet.

Please let us know your experiences and please share any flavours you have created yourself or tips to keep our dogs cool this summer.

Love from the Aurora Pets family x

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