Ah, Summer! Here in South Africa the summer temperatures can easily average between 30°C (85°F) to 35°C (90°F). In this weather it’s important that the whole family stays cool and hydrated. Many people forget to take extra precautions for their furry friends, but it’s important to remember that they don’t have the ability to just stroll over to the refrigerator for ice-cold water, or to put the air conditioner on when they start to feel the heat. Last year I got Phoebe a small pool to cool down in, but this was only one of the many ways to stop her from overheating.
One of the simplest and easiest treats to give your dog is a frozen flavoured ice-cube. These can be put in their water bowls, or just given by hand so that they can merrily lick away the flavour while keeping busy and staying cool. This can get messy, so be sure to only give these outdoors!
There are a huge number of liquid and solid foods you can freeze for your dog, but in this post I’ve done the easiest of them all – frozen beef broth. You literally let the liquid cool, pour into ice trays and pop in the freezer until the time that you’ll be using them. A word of advice though, keep the dog treat ice trays separate or clearly marked, because the last thing you’ll want is a beefy flavour in the next refreshing iced tea you make for yourself! 🙂
Phoebe & Cooper’s Effectiveness Summary:
Issue Addressed: Heat, Hydration, Boredom
Tool(s) Used: Ice tray, broth and a freezer
Ease of Implementation: Easy
Effectiveness Rating: 5/5. These meaty ice water treats are a hit with the pooches in the heat. If you’re pressed for time, these are perfect, otherwise you can always get more creative with the ice tray fillings!