Summer Treats for Your Dog!

Summer is here! And it is getting HOT HOT HOT out there!! (More baths for me, since I turn into a swamp monster… Thanks mom…)

So how can you keep your dog cool and entertained?! Frozen dog treats!!

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Me eating a frozen treat!

They are simple and easy to make, and you can put anything you want in them! The one I am eating above is some peanut butter and a crumbled treat frozen in water.

Another delicious frozen treat similar to the one I am eating above is a frozen dog treat bowl with treats and toys in it!

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finished dog treat

To make this easy, delicious treat for your pups, first find a rubber cake mold or metal baking pan (though the metal baking pan is a little harder to get the ice out of). Next, find some freezable dog toys and treats! I put in mine a Kong toy, rubber ball, beef bone, and Greenie treat. I put some small and big items so the dogs see there is something in the ice!

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toys in water and chicken stock in bowl

Once you put the toys in the mold, fill  half of it with water and the other half of it with sodium free chicken stock. The chicken stock will add flavor and get the dogs interested in the treat! Remember not to fill it all the way to the top of the mold, otherwise when it freezes it will overflow into your freezer!

Freeze the treat for a few hours, until it is solid, then take your ice treat out of the mold and give to the dogs! (Preferably outside as it can get messy!) If you used a metal cake pan, run hot water over the bottom of it for about 30 seconds, and then it should pop out just fine. My fellow dog friends loved it! And it is a great way to keep them entertained and hydrated in the hot weather! (Idea credit to Purple Patch from Pinterest).

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enjoying the delicious treat!

The other treat that our furry dog friends LOVED were PB&J Pops! These are a little more time consuming and more work, but the reward to see your pups enjoy them are priceless! 

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Pops

Ingredients
1/4 cup Peanut Butter
2 cups Strawberries, chopped (frozen or fresh)
1/2 cup Blueberries (frozen or fresh)
1 3/4 cup plain Yogurt, divided
4 Rawhide Sticks

Directions: First Layer
1/4 cup Peanut Butter
3/4 cup plain Yogurt
Add peanut butter and yogurt to a blender or food processor and blend until smooth

Second Layer
2 cups Strawberries, chopped
1/4 cup plain Yogurt
Add strawberries and yogurt to a blender or food processor and blend until smooth

Third Layer
1/2 cup Blueberries
3/4 cup plain Yogurt
Mix blueberries and yogurt

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1. Pour an inch or so of your first layer mixture into the bottom of each cup. (We used a red solo cup)
2. Allow to freeze for 30 minutes, and insert your rawhide stick.
3. Repeat pouring the layers, allowing them to set 30 minutes in between, until  they are all used.
4. Freeze for 8 hours to allow them to fully set.
5. Run warm water around the mold to remove the popsicle.
Makes 4 popsicles. (Recipe credit to Doggy Dessert Chef form Pinterest)

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enjoy!

Hopefully you will try some of these delicious recipes for your fellow dog babies! I sure did love them and they kept me cool in the Summer heat!

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Me and Mom enjoying summer!

Straight from The Dog’s Mouth,

Love, Sequoia 

4th of July Pet Safety Tips!!

Its that time of year… Summer rolls around and with it the 4th of July and Pioneer Day!

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Argos and his dad enjoying the 4th rafting!

What does that mean? BBQ’s, party’s, and FIREWORKS! These are may be a lot of fun for humans, but for us Pets, it can be a very terrifying time. Unlike people, pets don’t associate the noise, flashes, and burning smell of fireworks with celebrations. Pets are terrified of fireworks, and often panic at the loud whizzes and bangs they produce.

Because of this, the American Humane Association reports that July 5 is the busiest day of the year for animal shelters. Why? In a 2005 press release the Indiana Proactive Animal Welfae, Inc. (PAW) stated that animal shelters the day after Fourth of July are “bursting with pets that panicked at the noise of firecrackers and fled into the night, winding up lost, injured or killed.”

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Josey celebrating the 4th in a festive bandage!

So here are some tips to help keep your furry babies safe this 4th of July and Pioneer Day!

  • Keep your Pets Inside!

Even if your pet is used to being outside, the panic that can be caused by the fireworks or other loud noises may cause them to jump a fence or escape to find safety. And if you are going to watch a fireworks display, LEAVE YOUR PET AT HOME! It may be fun to take them along with the family, but they can get scared and run away in all the people and noise. Leave them home inside in a safe, quiet, room.

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  • Alcoholic Drinks are Poisonous!

Alcoholic beverages have the potential to poison pets. If ingested they can become very intoxicated and weak, go into a coma, or die from respiratory failure. And yes, ALL alcohol including beer is toxic to your dogs and cats.

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  • Don’t Put Insect Repellent on your Pet that isn’t Specifically for Animal Use

Insect Repellent that has DEET (a common insecticide) can cause life long neurological issues.This also includes putting “people” sunscreen on your pet. Ingestion of sunscreen products can result in drooling, vomiting, diarrhea, excessive thirst and lethargy. What isn’t toxic to humans can be toxic to animals.

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Pet approved sunscreen

  • Never Use Fireworks Around Pets

Exposure to lit fireworks can pose a threat to curious pets and result in severe burns, and trauma to the face and paws. Even unlit fireworks can be hazardous. Most fireworks contain potentially toxic substances lite arsenic, potassium nitrate, and other heavy metals.

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  • Don’t Let Your Pet Wear Glow Stick Jewelry 

While it may look cute and festive, your pet could get it off when your not looking and chew up and swallow the plastic pieces. And the glow liquid inside of the plastic tube can be toxic and cause drooling, stomach irritation, and blockage if they swallow big pieces of the plastic container.

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  • Citronella Candles are Toxic!

It may keep those pesky mosquitoes away, but citronella candles, oils, insect coils, and other citronella based repellents are irritating toxins to pets. Inhaling the oils could cause pneumonia, and eating any of the products could case damage to the nervous system.

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  • Keep your Pets on their Normal Diets

If you are having a barbecue, you may be tempted to give your furry babies some table scraps. But sometimes any change, even for one meal, can give your pet severe indigestion and diarrhea. And keep in mind the other foods that can harm your pet like, beer, chocolate, onions, coffee, avocado, grapes, raisins, salt, and yeast dough to name a few.

  • Matches and Lighter Fluid are Harmful

Always keep matches and lighter fluid out of your pets reach. Certain types of matches have a harmful  chemical substance in them, that if ingested can cause difficulty breathing, damage blood cells, and cause kidney disease. Lighter fluid can cause irritation to the skin, and breathing problems if inhaled.

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  • Make Sure your Pet is Identified! 

If your pet does manage to break loose and get lost, without proper identification it can be MUCH harder to get your baby back.  Make sure they have ID tags with their name and your phone number on them and get them micro-chipped!

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Always remember the safest and best option for celebrating the 4th of July with your pets is to exclude them from the holiday events, and find them a safe, secure spot in your home. We will enjoy the shelter and quiet while our humans enjoy the loud and fun!

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Me celebrating the 4th of July!

I hope these tips were helpful, and you’ll stick to them! I know I will be grateful my mom does!

Straight from The Dog’s Mouth,

Love, Sequoia