Summertime is in full swing! Ice cream is a very popular seasonal snack at this time of year. Of course, it isn’t safe to share with your furry friend: it has way too much fat and sugar. However, your animal companion can still enjoy a cold snack on those scorching hot days. Here, a Georgetown, IN vet lists some summer treats you can offer your four-legged buddy.
Fido has a pretty healthy appetite, so it’s probably safe to say that he won’t turn his cute nose up at many snacks. Plain, cooked meat, fish, or chicken without the skin, bones, or fat, is always a good bet. Your pooch can also have some doggy ice cream, small amounts of cooked eggs, or a little cheese. You can also make your canine companion some homemade goodies, such as doggy ice cream or pupsicles. Put kibble or broken dog treats in an ice cube tray, and pour some sodium-free broth over them.
Who says kitties can’t have summer snacks? Fluffy may enjoy a chilled bowl of canned tuna, or some plain deli meat. You can also dribble tuna juice over ice shavings to make your furball a kittie slushie. Cats can also have some sodium-free broth. If you want to make something for your feline pal, try mixing tuna with some fat-free yogurt and a little parsley. Divide into small portions, and freeze overnight. You can also keep some squeezable snacks in the fridge for her.
Floppy definitely has a sweet tooth! This is a perfect time to indulge it a bit. Bunnies may enjoy gnawing on some frozen strawberries, blueberries, or pieces of seedless melons. Cucumbers are also a good option, as they have a high water content. Just don’t go too crazy with sweet foods. Too much sugar is just as bad for rabbits as it is for us!
No matter what type of pet you have, be sure to stick with safe foods. While the lists of do’s and don’ts are different for every animal, there are some things, such as garlic, chocolate, avocado, alcohol, and fatty foods, that are bad for all of them. Grapes, currants, and raisins are also unsafe for dogs and cats. Ask your vet for more information.
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