As you know, I’m now the mommy of two beautiful fur babies. I have a male and female (brother and sister) Great Pyrenees mix. Which means they’re going to be large and covered with hair. So I have to find ways to help them keep their cool this summer since it gets HOT here in Georgia!
Since I really haven’t had much of an appetite here lately because I’ve been hit with this nasty sinus infection, I’ve been experimenting in the kitchen with healthy summertime treats for my pups.
Just because these popsicles are for my pups, doesn’t mean I’m going to make them with processed foods and sugar. I’m still keeping it healthy as if I were the one eating them.
These healthy popsicle recipes for your dog are made with simple ingredients of pure pumpkin purée, chicken broth, apples, and chicken scraps. I happened to have some from the roasted chicken I made from last week.
Making your own chicken broth is best for this recipe because you can be sure it has no added salt or onions, both of which can be bad for your dog. And the easiest way to do that is by using your Instant Pot.
You can add celery, carrots, broccoli, and fresh herbs like oregano, rosemary, or parsley to your water with the chicken to make a healthy broth for your pups.
Just be sure to leave out the onions and salt as those can be bad for your dog’s health.
I cooked the giblets up in a pan and added them with scraps of meat and skin for an extra tasty pupsicle.
The two flavors I’m sharing with you today are Apple Pumpkin Popsicles and Chicken Pumpkin Popsicles. Or as I like to call them, pupsicles.
All my dogs gave them four paws up!
And if you want to get creative, you can add a rawhide popsicle “sticks” for your pup.
I just used the ones my popsicle mold came with. If you do this, make sure you feed the pupsicles to them under direct supervision so your dogs don’t eat the plastic popsicle stick.
I held the pupsicle for them until it was finished and then I put it away out of their reach so they wouldn’t grab it and chew on it.
Because puppies are just like babies, they want to put everything in their mouths and chew on it.
And these pupsicles keep their little mouths occupied under your supervision.
Now I made these pupsicles sugar-free. No form of sugar, honey, or agave nectar to sweeten them up. I say this because there are recipes on Pinterest where they’ve added some form of sugar to their pupsicles.
Dogs are meat eaters. They don’t care if their food is sweet and they don’t need the extra sugar in their diets.
That’s the reason I decided to make popsicles for dogs instead of letting them eat people popsicles with some form of sugar.
Wholesome ingredients with no preservatives, dyes, or sugar.
I think your dogs will be extremely thankful for making them these pupsicles this summer.
I sure know my pups are! As you can see from the photos above those are two happy puppies!
As always, if you do make either of these Healthy Popsicles Recipes for your Dog, please leave a comment below, or share it with me by tagging your Instagram with #sweetandspicymonkey, so I can see all the doggie goodness you create in your kitchen for your pets!
Healthy Popsicle Recipes for Your Dog are made with pure pumpkin puree, chicken broth, diced apples, and boneless chicken meat, gizzards, and skin. Not only will they help your pup keep cool this summer, but they’re good for him (or her) too! Preservative-free, dye-free, and sugar-free.
- 1/2 cup + 1 Tablespoon pure pumpkin puree
- 3/4 cup + 1 Tablespoon sodium-free chicken broth
- 3/4 of an apple, peeled and diced
- 1/2 cup + 2 Tablespoons chicken bone broth (sodium- free)
- 1/4 cup pure pumpkin puree
- 1/4 cup chopped chicken scraps (boneless cooked meat, giblets, or skin)
- 1 apple slice, peeled and diced
- In a medium bowl, stir together pumpkin puree and chicken broth.
- Dice peeled apple into small pieces. Reserve apple pieces from 1 quarter of apple.
- Mix remaining pieces with pumpkin and broth mixture. If making Chicken Pumpkin Popsicles, add chicken scraps at this time.
- Add the reserved apple pieces to the popsicle molds. You should have 2 to 3 apple pieces in each popsicle mold.
- Pour remaining mixture over the apple pieces. If popsicle “sticks” are inserted into mold, leave enough room so they don’t overflow. If popsicle “sticks” are inserted over the mold, fill to the top.
- Insert popsicle “sticks”.
- Place into freezer for at lest 4 hours or overnight.
- Before serving, set out for at least 5 minutes before trying to loosen popsicles. You might need to run lukewarm water over the tops to help loosen.
- Hold for pups while they eat their pupsicles.
- Always use direct supervision when letting children feed these to your dog so dogs do not eat popsicle “sticks”.
- You can always use a rawhide for popsicle “stick” so dogs do not eat a plastic or wooden popsicle stick. Just make sure its sturdy enough to pull frozen popsicle out of mold.
- Making your own chicken broth is best for this recipe because you can be sure it has no added salt or onions, both of which can be bad for your dog.
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