Summer Treats For Fido

Summer is just about here! This may very well be your dog’s favorite time of year. Our canine pals love warm weather and sunshine! Fido is also pretty fond of snacks, as you’ve probably noticed. If you want to really get that tail wagging, offer your pup some cold treats this summer. A local Michigan City, IN vet lists some options below.

Doggy Ice Cream

Who doesn’t love ice cream on sweltering days? Make Fido his own version by mixing fat-free yogurt with sodium-free broth, organic baby food, ripe bananas, natural peanut butter, wheat germ oil, or pureed pumpkin. Instead of the usual toppings, you can add blueberries, bananas, strawberries, shredded meat, kibble, crushed-up doggy treats, bacon bits, or cheese.

Burger Bites

Mix cooked hamburger with some water and a bit of shredded cheese, then freeze. You can put the mixture in an ice cube tray, or a cute mold for your pup.

Cold Turkey Bites

Get some shredded turkey, and put it in ice cube trays. You can add cheddar, bacon bits, and/or apple slices. Pour sodium-free chicken broth over it, and freeze. Voila! Instant happy dog.


Make your four-legged pal a dog-friendly version of this summer classic by pouring water or sodium-free broth over dog biscuits, bits of kibble, shredded meat, or chew sticks. You can use waxed paper cups, or get cute freezer molds made for pets. Pop them into the freezer, and give your furry friend one or two at a time.


Sodium-free broth is a great snack for dogs. It’s also really good for them. Why not offer Fido a chilled bowl of broth? Or, make broth ice cubes, and give your pooch a few on hot days.

PB/Banana Bites

For this one, you’ll mix natural peanut butter with ripe banana. You can add a little water or plain yogurt to thin it out. Freeze in individual portions for Fido.


When making things for your canine companion, be sure to stick to pet-safe ingredients. Never give Fido grapes, currants, or raisins; chocolate; caffeine; alcohol; meat on the bone; garlic, onions, or chives; nuts; pitted fruits, especially avocado; or raw meat, dough, or yeast. Ask your vet for more information on safe and unsafe foods.

Please call us, your Michigan City, IN vet clinic, with any questions or concerns about your dog’s health or care. We’re here to help!

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