Fourth of July is just around the corner, and we’ve got an easy recipe for patriotic dog popsicles that will keep your dog cool and busy.
These DIY dog popsicles are fun—and so easy—to make. Not only are they packed with healthy ingredients for your dog, but by using a dog chew such as bully sticks as a popsicle “stick” they turn into a long-lasting treat for your dog that will keep them distracted during loud fireworks and busy while you’re flipping burgers or getting ready for a BBQ with friends.
We went with a red, white, and blue theme for these patriotic dog treats, but use your imagination! If is safe for dogs and your dog likes it, it can be made into pupsicles. All you need are dog-friendly popsicle ingredients, something to use for the stick, a blender, and something to freeze them in (we used this silicone popsicle mold from Amazon). You know we are suckers for anything super Instagramable, and these patriotic dog pops make for the most adorable photos!
You also can get creative with the popsicle “stick” -- bully sticks, jerky, and dental chews will all work in this recipe. Personally, we are fans of bully sticks from Best Bully Sticks. They are more than just long-lasting chews that keep your dog busy, rather products that are incredibly beneficial for your dog's health - we’ve been buying and recommending bully sticks from Best Bully Sticks for our own DOCC dogs for years. These high-quality, single-ingredient chews are also responsibly sourced and all-natural. Our personal favorites (especially for pupsicles) are the 4 or 6 inch Standard Bully or Collagen sticks. Both bully sticks and collagen sticks promote healthy teeth and gums because of the chewing action required to eat the stick, but the collagen sticks also supply collagen for healthy bones, muscles, skin, fur, and nail growth for your dog. What’s not to love?
Patriotic Dog Popsicle Recipe
½ cup of blueberries (fresh or frozen)
½ cup of strawberries (fresh or frozen)
½ cup Plain Greek yogurt
Popsicle Mold or Ice Cube Tray
Hard Dog Chews like Best Bully Sticks Standard or Collagen Sticks.
Puree the blueberries with a splash of water in a blender. Place in a bowl, rinse blender and puree strawberries with a splash of water. Set aside.
Spoon about 2 TBSP of the blueberry mixture into the bottom of your popsicle molds and freeze for about 20 minutes, or until frozen. Remove pops from the freezer and layer about 2 TBSP of yogurt on top of the frozen blueberry puree to create the next layer. Insert your Bully Stick of choice into the center of the pop and press down slightly. Freeze for another 20 minutes, and then top with strawberry puree. Freeze for 30 minutes or until pops are completely frozen. Bone Appetit!
Store in a ziplock bag in your freezer or keep these pops in popsicle molds until ready to eat.
When giving your pet any treat or chew, please monitor them to ensure they’re enjoying the chew safely. Even though bully sticks are highly digestible, it is important for owners to supervise their pets and treat each pet differently. Some dogs tend to swallow their food and treats without proper chewing. This can present a choking hazard if too large of a bully stick is swallowed.
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