This really hot, humid weather can make anyone feel uncomfortable, including our four-footed friends. Responsible pet caregivers understand basic safety rules:
- Do NOT leave your dog in a car….even a few moments in the heat can turn your car into an oven.
- Do NOT shave your dog down to the skin because shaving him down inhibits his ability to deal with temperature changes. Leave the hair length at least an inch long to protect his skin .
- Ticks are thriving right now……Check regularly for ticks, especially under the tail, on the stomach, in the ears, and between the toes.
- Always make sure to have cool, clean available water available at all times.
- Keep your exercise routines in early mornings or evenings when it is cooler.
- We disapprove of tying a dog outside in any weather, but it can be fatal in this kind of weather. Find a place where he can be comfortable and out of the sun.
- When walking your dog, steer clear of all areas that may have been sprayed with insecticides or other chemicals. Be alert for coolant or other automotive fluid leaks which can be fatal if ingested.
- Stay alert for signs of overheating, which include excessive panting, drooling and mild weakness.
- It it’s too hot for you outside, it’s too hot for your dog!!!
Everyone enjoys a summer treat, and your dog is no exception. If you want to make summertime frozen dog treats, just remember these basic steps:
- Start with a liquid base
- Mix in a favorite ingredient (blueberries, apples, bananas, peas….the options are endless)
- Freeze and serve.
Here are a few recipes for quick and easy treats for your favorite canine:
FROZEN YOGURT-PEANUT BUTTER BITS
An easy two ingredient dog treat can be quickly made with just two ingredients:
- Combine 1 cup creamy peanut butter (softened)
- 32 ounces of plain yogurt until combined and smooth
- Drop 2 tablespoon mounds of the mixture onto a greased baking sheet,
- Place in the freezer until completely frozen.
- Transfer the treats to a freezer-safe container or zip top bag and store in the freezer for up to 2 months.
FROZEN PUMPKIN TREATS
- 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
- 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
- 1 ¼ cup pumpkin puree (NOT pumpkin pie mix)
Place all ingredients into a food processor and process until smooth. Pour mixture into mini molds or ice cube trays and freeze.
Celebrate the season and keep your dog happy and healthy by taking just a few precautions, and offering a few cooling treats!