Posted by Lora Shaw on July 13, 2022
Summer is almost here and there’s no better way to celebrate than by spoiling your dog with sweet, delicious treats inspired by the warm weather! When it comes to summer safe foods for dogs, there are a variety of fresh, whole foods you can buy in store that will satisfy their taste buds while also contributing to their overall health.
Alternatively, if you’re looking to dip into your creative side and whip up a snack inspired by in-season fruits, baked goods, and more, keep reading for all the inspiration you’ll need!
With so many delicious fruits in season during the summer, it’s the perfect time to incorporate hydrating, nutrient-dense foods into your dog’s diet. Below are some of our favorite fruits that are safe to share with your pups in the summer, but also all year round!
The best time to buy watermelons is when they are in season May through September, making them the perfect summer food for dogs (and you!). Seedless watermelons are ideal for canines because they are naturally hydrating and packed with fiber, potassium, and other vitamins. Cube or slice up a watermelon and serve chilled on the next hot summer day for a refreshing treat.
Bananas are a versatile fruit that can be used in many foods for dogs and humans! They can be served sliced, frozen, mashed, or baked into a variety of dishes that are dog friendly. A single banana is filled with plenty of vitamins and minerals, such as vitamin B6 and vitamin C. Of all the summer foods for dogs, bananas are a personal favorite of ours because of their versatility and nutrient density per serving!
Mangos are one of the most tropical and enticing treats your dog can enjoy during the summer months. When compared to other summer foods for dogs, mangos contain high levels of antioxidants and vitamins, and they also can aid in digestion and help strengthen immune systems. With all of these great benefits, there’s no reason not to incorporate this sweet treat into your dog’s summer diet.
Oranges are another sweet and refreshing option when it comes to summer foods for dogs. Oranges are packed with essential vitamins and minerals to keep your dog healthy and energized. Similar to other fruits, you’ll want to stick to the sweet, tangy fruit on the inside when sharing with your dog and avoid serving the peel or seeds.
Finally, pineapple is great option to incorporate into your pet’s summer treats. When peeled and served in moderation, pineapple can deliver great benefits to your dog’s health such as improving immunity and digestion.
It’s clear that there are a ton of fresh, whole food options when it comes to summer safe foods for dogs. But if you’re looking to get more creative in the kitchen with your pup, we’ve put together a list of dog-friendly recipes inspired by the summer heat.
Ice cream is without a doubt one of the most refreshing and nostalgic summer treats. Next time you pull out a pint or stop at your local ice cream shop, don’t forget to include your pup in the fun!
If you’re looking to get creative, it only takes a few ingredients to whip up dog-friendly ice cream – like this 3-ingredient recipe using just yogurt, banana, and peanut butter. If you opt for ice cream while out and about, check with your local ice cream shop to see if they offer a dog-friendly option!
Another easy-to-make summer safe dog treat is popsicles! Most popsicle recipes can be achieved with a simple mold, blender, and a variety of ingredients. Depending on your dog’s preference and dietary needs, you can include fruits, veggies, and other sources of protein to create the perfect chilled treat. If you’re in need of some inspiration, here are 9 recipes to cool your dog off during the summer months and those trips to the beach.
If you’re looking to spend an afternoon in the kitchen with your pup, maybe you’ll consider baking their next round of treats! Many of the summer safe foods for dogs that we mentioned above can be incorporated into baked dog treats, and so can things like sweet potatoes, oatmeal, pumpkin, and more! Consider these delicious suggestions the next time you need to pick up more treats for your pup – they will thank you will!
The internet is filled with recipes that can cater to your dog’s cravings for hydrating, sweet treats – sometimes it’s difficult to choose just one! The good news is, we’ve put together a list of some favorite online profiles and blogs to visit for inspiration when it comes to summer foods for dogs:
As Summer rolls in and you start to get your vacation plans in order, consider reaching out to a member of the Pet Palace team to discuss boarding options for your furry friend while you are away! Your pet is guaranteed to receive all the love, attention, and comfort from our staff you’d expect.
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About the author
Lora Shaw is currently the Vice President of Operations at Pet Palace.