Pupsicles are one of the best forms of enrichment we can offer our dogs. They are fun and easy to make, but you can also store them in the freezer for months! A cold treat on a hot summer day is exactly what your dog is begging for. Keep reading to find out 3 pupsicles recipes for your dog that are healthy and safe.

Dog licking pupsicle from a small cup in the grass

Smoothie Pupsicle Recipe

Using the blender to mix up ingredients is a great way to make many pupsicles at one time. Simply add their favorite fruit, yogurt, and a fun flavor such as peanut butter or honey. Make sure that the peanut butter is free of xylitol because it is a fake sugar that is extremely toxic for dogs. You can plop the smoothie in small paper cups, a large dish, or Kong toys to make it last even longer. Feel free to add bones on the top or little beef stick treats! 

Ingredients: 

  • 1 banana, peach, pear, apple, or small watermelon or 1 cup of strawberries, blueberries, or raspberries
  • 1 cup of Greek yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons of honey or peanut butter

Soup Pupsicle Recipe

For a more savory approach to pupsicles, try this frozen soup recipe. You can use bone, chicken, or beef broth as the base and add in whatever vegetable they like the best. Always remember that less sodium is better when it comes to canned food, and wash all produce that is raw. Once all of these ingredients are mixed up, pour into ice cube trays, a large dish or popsicle molds. This recipe isn’t the best for Kong toys because it will fall through the holes. 

Ingredients: 

  • 1 cup of dog-safe bone broth
  • 1 cup of carrot puree 
  • ½ cup of green beans
Dog licking pupsicle off the floor.

Ice Pupsicle Recipe

Finally, you can make your dog any kind of ice pupsicle. Just add water and their favorite treats, vegetables, fruits, and peanut butter or honey! You can get pretty fancy with these, but your dog will just be happy to try another frozen treat. Pour water into the molds or cups and drop in your chosen ingredients. For example, you could combine sliced banana and chopped strawberries, and finish with a dollop of peanut butter on top. 

Ingredients: 

  • 1 cup of water
  • Sliced banana pieces
  • Chopped strawberries
  • Scoop of peanut butter
Dog laying on pet cot in the woods waiting for pupsicle treat

For dogs that have sensitive stomachs or may be smaller, test these pupsicles recipes in small amounts to prevent diarrhea. You can try out many different fruits and vegetables; some dogs will not like the more bitter foods like raspberries or green beans. If you find that your dog is struggling after a couple of tries, just create a pupsicle out of soaked kibble and water! 

You can find more pet friendly recipes on our blog or follow us on Pinterest!

Author

Caitlin is originally from Vermont and has been working with animals since she can remember. She studied Behavioral Neuroscience and is now Mastering in Animal Shelter Management in Colorado. Her hobbies include horseback riding, fostering animals, and hiking in the Rocky Mountains. She has volunteered at five different animal shelters and worked in three different vet hospitals. Her passions include animal health, behavior, and enrichment. Caitlin also spends time taking high-quality photos of shelter animals to help them get adopted faster.

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