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Chill Out with Homemade Frozen Dog Treats with Pumpkin

Hello, fellow dog lovers! It's Jennifer here, back with another delightful recipe straight from my kitchen in sunny Phoenix, where my Mini Schnauzer, Lily, and I find creative ways to beat the heat. Today, I'm excited to share one of our favorite summertime goodies: Frozen Dog Treats with Pumpkin.

Why Frozen Pumpkin Treats?

Pumpkin isn't just a fall staple—it's a fantastic ingredient for dog treats year-round due to its health benefits. It’s rich in fiber, which aids in digestion, and it’s a great source of important vitamins like A, E, and C. When the temperatures rise, frozen treats can help keep your pups cool and provide a fun, tasty way to hydrate.

Recipe: Pumpkin and Yogurt Frozen Treats

This recipe is simple, healthy, and sure to be a hit with your furry friends. Here’s how you can whip up these frozen delights:


  • 1 cup pure pumpkin puree (ensure it's free from spices and sugar)
  • 1 cup plain yogurt (make sure it's xylitol-free and low in fat)
  • 1 tbsp honey (optional, for a touch of sweetness)


  1. Mix Ingredients: In a bowl, combine the pumpkin puree, yogurt, and honey until well blended.
  2. Pour into Molds: Spoon the mixture into silicone molds or an ice cube tray. I like using paw or bone-shaped molds to make them extra special for Lily.
  3. Freeze: Place the molds in the freezer and let them set for at least four hours.
  4. Serve: Once frozen, pop them out of the molds and watch your pup enjoy a cool treat!

Benefits of Pumpkin in Dog Treats

Pumpkin is more than just tasty; it's packed with nutrition that’s great for dogs:

  • Digestive Health: The fiber in pumpkin can help regulate your pup's digestion, making these treats ideal for those with sensitive stomachs.
  • Hydration: Since these treats are frozen, they're an excellent way to keep your dog hydrated during hot days.
  • Low Calorie: Pumpkin is naturally low in calories, making these treats a guilt-free snack.

Keeping Treats Exciting

Lily’s taste preferences have evolved over the years, and like many dogs, she enjoys a bit of variety. Here's how I keep treat time exciting:

  • Rotate Flavors: I often switch up the recipes by adding different ingredients like mashed banana or unsweetened apple sauce.
  • Change Textures: Alternating between crunchy treats and softer, frozen ones helps keep Lily interested.
  • Adjust Portions: Based on activity level and season, I adjust the size of the treats to suit Lily’s dietary needs.

Closing Thoughts

Frozen dog treats with pumpkin are more than just a way to spoil your pet. They’re a healthy, enjoyable snack that supports your dog’s diet while providing relief from the heat. Whether you’re a seasoned dog treat chef or new to homemade dog goodies, this recipe is a simple and satisfying way to show your pet some extra love.

Stay cool and treat on, friends! Lily and I are off to enjoy our newest batch of frozen treats—until next time!

Happy treating, and remember, variety is the spice of life, even for our canine companions!

This post was last updated at July 20, 2024 19:16

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