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Summer, sun, heat – not only do we enjoy eating ice cream, but our dogs do, too. We have designed 8 creations of dog ice cream to make yourself. Try it out and see if your dog likes the delicious ice cream.
Dogs are also happy to cool down in summer – not only from the outside when jumping into the cool water, but also with a delicious dog ice cream. You can easily make this yourself at home without much effort. You can let your creativity run free with the ingredients or follow your four-legged friend’s preferences. This way you can vary the (pureed) fruit or vegetables according to taste. Or add cottage cheese or low-fat quark instead of natural yoghurt, for example.
Our tip: in hot summer temperatures, dog ice cream is a popular and cooling alternative to a treat. However, the portion should not be too large and should not be eaten all at once.
What ingredients do I need for dog ice cream?
Tastes are different. This is true for humans as well as for dogs. You may be able to draw conclusions based on certain preferences in dog food or treats, but probably the best thing to do is ‘try it out!’ For example, you can choose from a variety of fruits such as banana, blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, pear, watermelon or apricots. You can also use vegetables – including carrots, cucumbers or courgettes. Quark, cottage cheese and natural yoghurt are also very popular with many dogs. And if your dog doesn’t want to miss out on a meaty ingredient in the ice cream, just mix in a little of our delicious dog food.Important: some ingredients should not be added to dog ice cream. These include sugar, chocolate, cocoa, sultanas, grapes, avocados and macadamia nuts.
Preparing dog ice cream
If you have chosen one or more fruits or vegetables for the dog ice cream, you should puree, grate or chop them in advance. Mix the selection with the other ingredients you will find in our dog ice cream creations. Then you need a mould. For example, small yoghurt cups, ice cube makers or mini muffin tins are good for this. Alterntatively: freeze the dog ice cream in suitable dog toys (e.g. ‘Kong’: seal the end with aluminium foil so that the filling does not leak out in the freezer). This way, your dog can only lick the ice cream out bit by bit. This keeps the little gourmet busy for a while. And above all, the dog should not be able to eat the ice cream whole, as the cold combined with the hasty eating could irritate the stomach. This is why it is recommended not to give cold dog food straight from the fridge, even to dogs with very sensitive stomachs.
Recipes for dog ice cream
We have put together several delicious recipes for you. The quantities are sufficient for a medium-sized dog ice cream. Depending on the size of your dog, you can also vary the recipes, because the same applies to dogs: enjoy ice cream in moderation and don’t overdo it.