Keep your dogs and cats ultra happy with delicious summer treats! Pet treats are very easy and even healthier to make at home. It’ll also save you a few dollars!
There are lots of recipes for summer treats for pets but trust us, you don’t really need one to please your furbabies. Just keep in mind their favorite food (aside from dog and cat food, if they’re fed dry) and get creative!
We’ve listed the top 5 pet treat ingredients you can get creative with. Make sure to consult your veterinarian before trying out new ingredients and as always, avoid those which you know will trigger allergic reactions on your pet.
Stewart’s Pro-Treat 1 Ounce Bag Freeze Dried Dog Treats
Dogs and cats love liver. Keep your liver treat simple yet summerific by freezing it! Blend it with plain yogurt, place in ice cube trays into the freezer overnight. By the next day, you’ll have frozen liver treats ready for your pets.
Dr. Becker’s Bites Grain Free Liver Treats For Dogs & Cats
Trader Joe’s Organic Peanut Butter Creamy Unsalted
Another popular and well-loved pet treat ingredient is peanut butter. Although it’s become a go-to ingredient among pet lovers, one should check that it’s unsalted and unsweetened. Specifically avoid peanut butter with xylitol, as it can be toxic to pets.
Adams 100% Natural Creamy Unsalted Peanut Butter
Food52 has an easy-to-follow Peanut Butter Dog Biscuits recipe, courtesy of Erin McDowell, which you can try out. If you want to serve it frozen, try mixing it with yogurt or even bananas, then freeze overnight.
Kirkland Signature Chicken Breast
What’s your pet’s favorite? Chicken, beef, tuna – they all have a place for a yummy summer pet treat! Use yogurt or unsalted chicken and/or beef broth to create mouthwatering pup-sicles or cat-sicles for the whole pack!
All American Gourmet Jerky Treats For Dogs – Premium Slow Smoked Beef
Dannon All Natural Quart Plain Nonfat Yogurt
It’s become a common ingredient nowadays, especially with most owners trying their hands out with DIY pet treats. However, it should be noted that not all pets can take in yogurt, specifically, those who are lactose intolerant. Look for other alternatives such as stock and flour mixture for a saucy base, or just broth for frozen treats.
Stonyfield Farm Organic Fat Free Plain Yogurt
Organic Fruit Gift Box – The Fruit Company
Last but not the least, use small amounts of fruits in making treats for your pets. Bananas are a favorite, but so are strawberries and other fruits. Most baked and even frozen treats make use of fruits. But another idea is to create a fruity trail mix for your pets. As always, avoid fruits that can be toxic to your pets like grapes, cherries, apricots and more.
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