Six tasty dog snacks to keep your pup cool this hot pup summer

If you’ve had a fur baby for more than five minutes, you’ll know what it’s like to leap from 0 to 100 in half a second. One tiny noise, splutter, squeak, cough or wheeze and you’re on your knees, holding their head in your hands going “what’s up? What’s wrong? What do you need?!” 

If this is you, you’ll also know how it feels for them to quite literally shake you off and lie back down as if nothing happened. Because, in fact, they’re absolutely fine and you’re interrupting their beauty sleep.

And we go through this routine daily. Especially around this time of year. Yep, hot pup summer is officially here – AKA the season of pure panic because you think your dog’s dehydrating or they’ve got sunstroke. When they’re laid on their side, tongue stuck out, panting like they’ve just run a marathon in record time, it can be scary. Even though you’ve just watched them drink, you start to overthink and you can quickly become a mess.

Trust me, I know how it is. We all do. But we deserve a break. We’ll never fully be able to rest, but I think we deserve to be able to put our guard down long enough to leave our pups unattended for a few minutes without worrying about that deadly ball of fire blazing down on them. And we can only do that by ensuring our pooches are cool. We can do with the trusty old wet towels and fans, but why not cool them down with delicious dog snacks too? 

Watermelon

A simple piece of fruit can cool your pooch down and help keep them hydrated. We personally recommend watermelon. They’re 90% water. 90%! But watermelons are also packed with potassium, vitamin B6, A and C, and have a high fibre content. But you must remove seeds and cut off the rind (the skin) of any fruit you give your pup, as they can cause a blockage and result in diarrhoea

Aside from watermelon, melon, mango, coconut, apple, and banana are fantastic choices. They’re delicious, packed with vitamins, and should help your pup stay hydrated this summer. But you should always triple check if a fruit is safe for them to eat. Grapes, for example, are toxic to dogs. And cherries and unripe tomatoes can cause stomach upset.

Cucumber

The phrase “cool as a cucumber” doesn’t come from nowhere, you know. Not only do cucumbers cool our pooches (and us) down, they help hydrate and are jam-packed with goodness. We’re talking vitamin B1, B7, C, and K, but also copper, magnesium, and potassium. And they’re probably the most guilt-free food on this list. The carb and sugar content is low, it’s healthy, cools pups down, and hydrates them too. They tick every box.

But if you have a fussy puppy on your hands and they’re turning their nose up at the little green slices of goodness, there are other vegetables you can try. Asparagus, broccoli, carrots, kale, pumpkins, and sweet potatoes are great too. But these vegetables aren’t as cooling or hydrating as cucumber. So to kick it up a notch, you can put them in the freezer and give them to your canine friend as a frozen treat. This also works with fruit too!

(Dairy-free) ice cream 

Ice cream is probably the most popular remedy for heat and the treat to pair with long sunny days. They go together like salt and pepper. So, naturally, we had to put it on the list. But a word of warning – a lot of dogs struggle to digest lactose, so go easy on the 99s this summer. We recommend opting for plain, dairy-free flavours.

Keep an eye on the sugar levels too. You want your pup to cool down, not be doing zoomies all over your living room off their faces on refined sugar. 

Pupsicles

Sadly, we can’t let our pooches have a bite of our Calippo because the sugar content is way too high. But what we can do instead is buy ice lollies made for dogs. Or, even better, make our own. Don’t worry, it’s nowhere near as complicated as it sounds. There are dozens of recipes online, but we love this banana, yoghurt, and peanut butter one.

Or put your own spin on it and mix up the fruits. You could even swap sweet for savoury and make a meaty pupsicle using meat broth, stock, or gravy. It’s cheap, easy to make, healthy, and will keep your pooch cool even after a run around the park. All you really need is an ice cube tray and a freezer. If your dog is anything like mine, be mindful of the size of the cube. George once tried to swallow a lamb leg, lengthways. If you have a silly dog too, try smaller ice trays so they can’t choke themselves.

Yoghurt

Yoghurt is the perfect summer snack for your pup. It contains calcium and protein, not to mention the bacteria that help your pooch stay healthy. And obviously, it’s super tasty and keeps them cool. Again, do be careful or simply avoid this recipe if your pup has problems digesting lactose. We don’t want any sloppy poos on the new rug. But know that yoghurt is different from your typical dairy product. 

My George could eat an entire block of cheese if I let him. But his gut says otherwise. Yoghurt is different because it’s a probiotic that contains lactic acid bacteria, meaning it’s great for their tummies.

Take it to the next level by sprinkling some fruit on top. Or even freeze the yoghurt to make this delicious treat even cooler. Best make one for yourself while you’re at it.

Coconut water

This one probably comes as no surprise. Coconut is renowned as a refreshing summer drink, and it can also be used to keep your fur baby hydrated and fight symptoms of dehydration with its high electrolyte content. It’s also full of calcium, potassium, and vitamin C. 

Coconut’s nice cooling effect is perfect for pooches who spend all summer sunbathing. But coconut water is high in carbs, so mixing it with water or giving it to your pooch in moderation is important. 

Treat your pup to some delicious, nutritious, and cooling dog snacks this summer. That way you can both enjoy the hot weather without panicking or, in your pup’s case, having your sunbathing session interrupted by your stressed-out human. There are plenty of amazing snacks you can give your pooch to keep them cool, but, unfortunately for them, they can’t live off tasty dog snacks

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