Frozen DIY Dog Treats Perfect for Miami

DIY Frozen Dog Treats

Frosty DIY Delicacies for Your Doggie Companions! 

It always feels like summer in MIami and you know what that means, it’s gotten hot, hot, and hotter outside for our furry friends! We have to make sure we can keep them cool and comfortable during these next few months. Walking and playing with your dogs in Miami’s heat will make a pup thirsty. Keep them cool, hydrated, and safe from heat stroke following our tips, and by adding in these fun, frozen DIY dog treats to give your pets a tasty relief from the heat!

Frozen Apple Dog Treats

Apples are a great source of fiber, vitamin A and vitamin C for your pet and they are mmm-mmm good! This recipe, courtesy of irrestiblepets.com, requires three simple ingredients: 2 apples, 1 cup of nonfat plain yogurt, and water. Supplies-wise you will need a blender, ice cube tray, measuring cups, knife and cutting board.

Directions: Slice 2 apples into small pieces making sure you remove all the seeds and the core. The seeds are poisonous to dogs, so don’t skip this step! Mix the apples, yogurt and a splash of water and blend into a liquid consistency. Pour mixture into ice cube trays and place in freezer till frozen. Serve! You can store the extra cubes in a freezer bag or Tupperware.

Icee Dog Cake

Throwing your pup a summer birthday bash? Kool Dogz sells a DIY-Dogsicle kit, but you don’t need the kit to make an awesome treat for your pet and the fuzzy fellows to enjoy! Instructions: Fill a 96 oz or bucket size of your choice with water and/or low sodium chicken/beef broth. Add dog toys and treats of your choice and freeze until solid. You can also add peanut butter (make sure there is no Xylitol), carrots, peas or a doggie beverage instead of water. Place on a plate and let the fun begin!

Strawberry Banana Dogsicles

This treat is for those furry friends who love multiple flavor profiles in their treats! This recipe, courtesy of Doggydessertchef.com, requires 4 simple ingredients: 1 cup of plain yogurt divided in half, 1 pound of strawberries divided in half, 1 banana and 4 rawhide sticks or whatever treat you decide to use as sticks for your Popsicles.

For the First Layer, Add ½ pound of strawberries and ½ cup of yogurt to a blender or food processor and blend until smooth. The second layer consists of 1 banana and rest of the yogurt into a blender until smooth. The final layer has the remaining blend of strawberries.

Directions for Frozen Dog Treats

  1. Pour an inch or so of your first layer mixture into the bottom of each cup.
  2. Allow to freeze for 30 minutes, and insert your rawhide stick or treat of your choice.
  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.

For more crafty canine culinary ideas visit www.doggiedessertchef.com. If you are unsure of certain food intolerances your pet may have please discuss with your veterinarian before feeding your dog any homemade foods.

Bone Appetit!

Flying with Your Dog: Tips for a Great Trip!

Miami pet travels

How to Fly with Your Dog in the United States

Pre-Flight Pet Prep

Congratulations, you’ve read our first blog post on flying with your dog and have now booked the perfect ticket! Your next step is to prep your pets mentally and emotionally for the flight, especially if it’s their airplane debut. First, take them to the vet at least 7-10 days before your departure date. Ensure that all of your pet’s immunizations and vaccinations are up to date and that you have enough medication, if necessary, for your pet during the vacation. If your vet determines that it is medically necessary for your dog to be sedated during travel make sure you have the proper dosage and amount for the trip. Feel free to ask your personal veterinarian for recommendations or research for a vet that is in close proximity to your final destination in case of emergency, or use the Pet Saver App’s animal hospital locator.

When selecting your pet’s first class accommodations a few things need to be taken into consideration:

  1. Prepare your pet: let them have a chance to get to know the crate prior to the trip
  2. Crate should be as tall as your pet’s shoulders. They will be comfortable as long as they have room to turn around and lie down.
  3. Make sure the crate is properly ventilated and meets airline requirements.
  4. Crate must be labeled “Live Animal” with distinct arrows indicating the top and bottom of the crate.
  5. Crate should be identified with your pet’s name, any medications they took prior to flight, owner’s information and destination information.
  6. Make sure that the crate has extra food attached with empty bowl and leash in carrier in case of flight delays.

Communication with the airline is the key to ensuring that your pet has the smoothest trip possible. Reconfirm with your airline 24-48 hours in advance that you will be traveling with a pet. If you have a larger pet when you arrive at the airport let the airline employees know once again that you have a pet in cargo and if the flight is delayed for an extensive period of time, ask if you will be allowed to check on your pet. Also, locate the pet relief areas so that your buddies can relieve themselves before check-in and after arrival at your final destination.

Finally, on the day of the trip make sure that you have everything listed on the puppy pack list outlined below, is wearing a collar with an ID tag that is up to date, durable, legible, includes your mobile number and destination information.  You should feed and give your pet water 4 hours prior to check-in to decrease the chance of digestion issues in transit. Bow-wow voyage!