Okay, I admit it. We’re crazy about our dog, Katie. Yes, we make her homemade, organic dog treats. And a couple weeks ago it was her birthday, so we couldn’t resist celebrating with a homemade frozen treat. I know, I know. But look at her! Not only is she adorable, but she’s also so well behaved.
So are we crazy to occasionally make our dog homemade treats? Maybe. 🙂 But being a little bit of crazy is just fine in my book. And as long as the treats are made from real ingredients and Katie maintains a healthy weight, why not indulge occasionally?
Now what’s really frightening are the scary ingredients that are in most dog foods and treats. And the commercially available frozen dog treats called Frosty Paws made by Purina are certainly no exception. Let’s take a closer look:
- Highly processed dairy derivatives such as whey, dried whey product, and whey protein are the base for this frozen concoction—and most likely they’ve been sourced from dairy cattle fed GMO grains and pumped up with hormones and antibiotics. I personally try to avoid these ingredients, so why would I feed them to my dog?
- Lots of emulsifiers like soy lecithin, polysorbate 60, microcrystalline cellulose, cellulose gum, and polysorbate 80 are most likely added to give Frosty Paws a more creamy texture. But with new research pointing to the dangers of emulsifiers, I don’t think they should make the cut for our pets either.
- Vitamins and supplements try to make these treats healthier. There are a number of waggedy supplements that could be used to improve the health of your pup. Although I didn’t highlight them as potentially concerning, I’d much rather my dog get nutrients and vitamins from real ingredients than trying to add them back into her food. Still it is worth keeping an eye out for the best dog supplements for your pet.
- Plenty of GMOs ingredients make the ingredient list as well in the form of soy flour, corn oil, and soy lecithin. While there’s lots of debate on the safety of GMOs, I choose to minimize their presence in my household when at all possible.
So what’s a family to do if they want to give their pet a frozen treat? While treating your dog isn’t a necessity, we decided to get a little creative and came up with our THREE ingredient frozen pet treats. Not only are they super easy, but they’re made from REAL food most dogs can eat safely! So get out your blender and whip up a batch. Your furry, four-legged family member will say “THANK YOU” with a big, sloppy kiss!
- 2 cups plain yogurt
- 1 heaping tablespoon peanut butter
- 1 banana
- Blend together all ingredients until smooth.
- Freeze in pyrex custard cups.
Since these are treats, make sure you don't overindulge your pet. We allow Katie to have half a serving once every couple of weeks.
If you're feeling really festive, garnish the frosty treat with a little dollop of peanut butter, a slice of banana, and a little more peanut butter!
Note: Although most dogs can eat regular plain yogurt, some dogs are lactose intolerant and may experience digestion problems. If that's the case for your dog, feel free to substitute a non-dairy yogurt or milk product. Also, make sure to never use artificially sweetened yogurt with your dog since some artificial sweeteners (xylitol) are poisonous to dogs.
Kitchen Tips and Resources:
- I love my Blendtec blender, but almost any blender from online or traditional retailers should work fine.
- I use small, pyrex custard cups to freeze these frosty dog treats.