Fun Recipes for Your Dog
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Always consult your veterinarian to confirm that the suggestions below are appropriate and healthy options for your dog’s dietary needs.
When the temperature rises during the late spring, summer and, in New York City sometimes into the fall, our dogs, like us, require more liquids.
I have experienced this issue first hand: when the weather changes my dogs start to drink more. They usually drink at a rapid pace too, especially after a walk and climbing a few flights of stairs.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, as well as other breeds, have very sensitive stomachs. On more than a few occasions, my dogs have vomited after they drank their water at a rapid speed.
To solve the problem I have given my dogs ice cubes to lick. I have found that this alternative has been helpful in reducing the amount of water they ingest, thus reducing the frequency of upset stomachs and vomiting. (Please check with your veterinarian as to whether your dog should drink cold liquids, as some people believe this could cause problems.)
To make the ice cubes more appetizing, I created a recipe, which I call Puplickcicles, by adding flavors to the water before freezing it.
Puplickcicles are extremely simple to make and require only a jar of meat flavored baby food, water, an ice cube tray, and a freezer.
The creation dawned on me after one of my dogs was vomiting, and I was instructed by my veterinarian to reduce her food intake to just a few ‘licks’ of meat flavored baby food, and to have her ‘lick’ an ice cube so she would not get dehydrated.
I thought, “What a great combination, not just for an upset tummy, but for a yummy summer treat.”
My veterinarian warned me to check the baby food ingredient labels, and make sure that the food did not contain onions, garlic, or chives which are toxic to dogs. (Please consult the ASPCA web site (www.aspca.org) for a list of toxic foods, substances, and medicines.)
The baby food I use is Gerber and Beechnut. Neither one of these contain onions, garlic or chives. Please check their websites for updates and ingredient details (www.gerber.com and www.beechnut.com). My dogs enjoy the baby food so much that I let them lick the spoon, and even the remnants on the inside of the jar. Since they have little mouths and tongues, it is so fun to watch them try to get to the last little bit of baby food at the bottom of the jar.
I whipped up my new creation, Puplickcicles, and my Cavaliers love them. While the flavored ice cubes help to hydrate my dogs, Puplickcicles, also take a while to finish, so my little darlings keep busy devouring their ‘icy treat’.
How to Make Puplickcicles
- Empty a 2.5 oz jar of meat flavored baby food into a bowl.
- Take the empty jar and fill it with water. Slowly begin to add the water into the bowl while gently whisking the mixture.
- Continue adding water until the mixture reaches the consistency you prefer. Sometimes you might want the ice cubes to have just the flavor so you add 2 or 3 jars of water. Other times you might want to create a thicker mixture so that the ice cubes have more baby food than water. I suggest trying different variations and see which type your dog prefers.
- Once the mixture is smooth, without chunks, pour it into an ice cube tray. Depending on how much water you have added, you may need more than one ice cube tray.
- Put the tray(s) in the freezer.
- IMPORTANT: Once the mixture is frozen and ready to serve, remove the desired number of ice cubes from the tray(s) and rinse the cubes under cold water. This will ensure that your dog’s tongue will not stick to the ice cubes.
- Put the wet Puplickcicles into a bowl and serve them to your dog. I suggest a bowl to avoid the mess of a melting baby food ice cube.
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