DIY Hydrating Summer Dog Treats

July is Pet Hydration Awareness month, and we’re back with a few dog treat ideas that you can make at home to keep your dog cool this summer. From quick treats to ‘soft serve puppy ice cream’, your dog will love giving these treats a try on a hot day. Always be sure to offer your dog fresh, clean water at all times as well.

Banana Bites

This is an easy & quick recipe that should freeze in a few hours (or best to let freeze overnight). Just slice a banana or two, and blend together with some creamy peanut butter (and a touch of honey if you’d like), then put the mixture in to an ice cube tray (or silicone mold) and freeze!

Puppy “Soft Serve”

Similar to the bites, this recipe calls for creamy peanut butter, bananas and low-fat plain yogurt. Blend all the ingredients together and put into a container. Freeze overnight and then use an ice cream scoop to serve your pup a sundae! (Without the hot fudge of course!)


Fruit Freeze

Adding fruit to your pets treat gives them some great vitamins & minerals they could use on these hot days. You can use berries (like strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries) or melon (like cantaloupe or honeydew – and always in moderation) alongside peanut butter and/or yogurt to freeze up a tasty cooling (& hydrating) treat for your pup.


Fill a Kong®!

Did you know you can fill your dog’s Kong with more than just peanut butter? You can use low-fat cream cheese, berries, yogurt, bananas, honey and so much more! For an even longer lasting treat, freeze the filled Kong overnight so it takes your dog longer to get the treats out. Plus, freezing the treats helps with hydration!

The ULTIMATE stuffed Kong!



Regardless of what kind of treats you choose for your dog, it’s as important as ever to make sure you keep your pet hydrated during these hot summer months. Make sure to always have fresh, clean water available for all your pets. If you think your pet is suffering from dehydration, contact your closest animal hospital immediately.

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AAHA: The Animal Hospital of Sussex County is a certified hospital in the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA). To achieve this distinction, our hospital has passed regular comprehensive inspections of our facilities, medical equipment, veterinary practice methods and management. If you are traveling or relocating anywhere, finding an AAHA hospital will ensure the best medical care for your pet. The AAHA is recognized as the world’s leading association of small animal practitioners.

AAFP: We are also a cat friendly practice, certified by the American Association of Feline Practitioners. This means that the Animal Hospital of Sussex County is specifically set up to decrease stress and provide a more calming environment for your cat. Our staff has also been trained in feline-friendly handling and understanding cat behavior in order to increase the quality of care for your cat.

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