Homemade frozen dog treats part 2

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When it’s hot outside, keeping your doggies occupied can be tricky. At Tails HQ we’ve been in the kitchen again rustling up some of our favourite frozen treats that double up as brilliant boredom busters. Dog toys have never been so delicious.

Dog-friendly ice balls

Packed with all their favourite foods these ice balls provide plenty of entertainment and are great for cooling hot dogs down.

There are endless possibilities as to what you can include in these pawsome balls, if you’re unsure check out our guide as to what to avoid here.

Our current favourites include:

  • Chopped banana
  • Peas
  • Carrot
  • Tails.com kibble – this is a great way to spread out your dog’s recommended serving throughout the day, ideal for doggies who need to lose a few pounds but you still want to give them a treat
  • Good Dog Treats or Salmon Treats
  • Peanut butter (xylitol and palm oil free)

Simply pop a mixture of goodies into the ice ball casing (we found these on Amazon), put the lid on then fill up with water or low salt chicken stock and freeze for 6-8 hours. Then remove from the casing and give to your doggy for plenty of entertainment.

Frozen Kong toy boredom buster

This one really is extremely simple yet incredibly effective at keeping dogs entertained, great if you need to keep them inside to avoid the midday heat.

All you need to do is fill up a Kong toy with some of your dogs tails.com wet food then freeze for 6-8 hours and then expect to have one very entertained doggy.

Let us know if you give these a go. Share your snaps using the hashtag #tailsdotcom or #tailsdogfood on Instagram or tag us @tailsUK on Facebook.

We cannot wait to see your doggies enjoying your creations. If you didn’t catch part 1 take a peek here for more frozen treat ideas.

P.s. As with all treats please give under supervision and remove once they have lost interest.

 

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5 comments

  1. I have read & been told that frozen treats or ice cubes can be dangerous to your dog in the heat. As the coldness hits your dogs stomach it triggers a part of their brain to heat them up further unlike humans. ?their hypothalamus? Is this safe in dogs not overheating? I stopped giving my dogs frozen treats because of this. They just had a paddling pool instead.

    1. Hi Shirley,

      We understand that there have been a lot of conversations regarding ice cubes and dogs this year with the warmer weather. We can assure you that this is incorrect. The anterior hypothalamus is responsible for controlling body temperature, but it doesn’t increase the core body temperature when a dog consumes a cold drink or ice cubes. They won’t prevent heatstroke, but they are a great way to help your dog keep cool (under supervision of course).

      Jack from tails.com

  2. Hi I’ve seen it mentioned that you should not give dog ice because if it’s really hot will shock their system and could cause a heart attack.
    I’ve always put ice in her water bowl when it’s hot to help cool her down but stopped when I read that as she is a little on the large side too

    1. Hi Dawn,

      We can assure you not to worry as this isn’t correct. The anterior hypothalamus is responsible for controlling body temperature, but it doesn’t increase the core body temperature when a dog consumes a cold drink or ice cubes. Using ice cubes or frozen treats won’t prevent heatstroke, but they are a great way to help your dog keep cool. Always make sure they’re given under supervision though.

      Jack from tails.com

  3. Thanks for these suggestions, they really made me smile! My dog isn’t interested in ice cubes, but I’m sure she’d be interested in a food-filled iced tennis ball!

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