Sunday, July 24, 2011

Lactose-Free Frosty Paws Dog Treat Recipe

How are you holding up during the heat wave? Are you staying hydrated? Are you eating smart snacks to replace the electrolytes that are sweating out of every pore of your body? (Well, the super sweaty thing might just be me.) Are you trying to stay cool? Yes?

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Don't you wish your Peke were hot like me?
What about your dog?

Dogs don’t sweat to cool their bodies like humans. The best they can do is pant. Some breeds tolerate heat more than others do. Pekingese and their brachiocephalic (smashed face) brethren are particularly susceptible to the heat and heat stroke.

Have you ever had heat stroke? I did and it was the most miserable and scary experience ever. I wouldn’t wish heat stroke on my worst enemy and definitely not my dog.

After a walk Blitzkrieg is a seriously hot dog and wants me to do something about it besides running the air conditioning. Sadly, Blitzkrieg is lactose intolerant so making Frosty Paws treats isn’t an option.

Unless, I come up with a lactose free Frosty Paw dog treat recipe!

So I did

I place a blueberry or two in each cup of an ice cube try. Ever since I made blueberry yogurt Popsicles with Naturipe blueberries on Lazy Budget Chef, I found that buying their blueberries to be affordable if I can my eye on summer store sales. Yay for fresh, affordable antioxidants!

I filled the tray with orange juice and popped it into the freezer.

 
After a few hours I made allergy free frosty paw dog treats!


 With a one eyed dog, I go pirate when I can. Yo ho!

You can use any combination of dog safe juice, such as pure orange juice and fruit in your frosty paws. Raise a Green Dog! suggests using blueberries, bananas, peeled apples or even peanut butter! Not all human food is safe for dogs to eat. Please check with your veterinarian if you have any questions about what is safe for your pet.

Alternatively you can blend the fruit and juice and fill the ice cube trays with that. I use the small silicone skull ice cube trays because they are Pekingese size. I think using a bone shaped ice cube tray would be cute for larger dogs.

Bone Shaped Ice Cube Tray - 6 Large Ice Bones

Blitzkrieg likes his lactose free frosty paws much better than plain ice cubes. When I give him a regular ice cube there a 50/50 chance he will let it melt into a puddle on the carpeting.

How do you keep your hot dogs cool in summer?



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