5 Refreshing Dog Treat Recipes with CBD Oil for Summer
Dogs love summertime treats as much as we do. Using nutritious ingredients to make dog treats at home is a great way to save money, ensure high quality and great taste and have some family fun. We added CBD oil to these yummy doggie snacks for the extra benefits as listed below.
Dog treats can come in a wide variety of tastes and textures depending on what it contains. While your frozen popsicle might be made with coconut milk and frozen strawberries with a little bit of agave syrup, your best friend has a different idea in mind. You can skip the sugar, dogs don’t need that in their diet, maybe a teaspoon of honey but that’s about it. There are a few staples that seem to rotate on every dogs’ favorite list no matter what breed it is.
Peanut butter and cheese for some reason always appear to be tops! Along with any meat flavoring, oatmeal, vegetable and fruit purees are well liked. Yogurt rounds out the bounty of palate pleasing taste for dogs.
While there are a great number of tastes a dog enjoys there are also a few things to avoid, those food items which are toxic to dogs. Chocolate, grapes, onion and garlic, mushrooms, nutmeg and so on.
Below you will find a delightful list of homemade recipes for those moments you want to make some great icy treats for your dog. They are all natural so you could certainly kick back with one yourself. My dogs would always eat at least half of my ice cream cones when I was a child so I guess I can have one of their homemade treats now as an adult.
Each one of these recipes contains the awesome chill factor ingredient CBD Oil also known as Cannabidiol. It is extracted from a plant in the Cannabis plant family. There are well over 50 naturally occurring Cannabinoid compounds that are found in the Cannabis plant, CBD Oil is one of them.
Some of the potential benefits of CBD oil for your dog’s health include:
- Relief from anxiety
- Reducing Pain throughout the body
- Aid in heart health
- Decrease Inflammation
- Help with digestive issues
This is just a short list of the possible benefits for your dog’s health and wellness you use CBD Oil in your homemade dog Treats.
Prior to making any one of these recipes you will want to give your dog some CBD Oil a few times to see how they handle the dosage. This will allow you to tinker around with it to find the right dosage for your dog.
Factors that can play a role in dosage with this oil would be your dogs’ temperament and personality, their activity level and their size. You wouldn’t give the same dose of CBD Oil to a 14 lb. chihuahua as you might a 98 lb. German Shephard.
Also, it should be noted that CBD oil comes in unrefined and refined. For those recipes that are more subtle in nature, a refined CBD Oil would be best. However, if you are creating a recipe that has sturdy, strong flavors that can withstand it, use the less refined oil.
Dogs have a good sense of smell so if they turn their nose up at it, possibly you have used to much of the less refined CBD Oil for your pet. Simply scratch the batch and start over again.
Homemade here we go, don’t forget to let your dog lick the bowl!
1. 1-2-3-4 Frozen Block Nibbles
Makes approximately 20-24 Block Cubes
This recipe is the epitome of a customizable. With just 4 simple ingredients, one which can be swapped or interchanged to meet your dog’s taste this may become your go-to year-round treat.
6 Tbsp Peanut Butter
12 Ounces of plain Yogurt
2/3 Cup Applesauce
Combine all the ingredients together using a blender or mixer. Fill ice cube trays and freeze these treats for a few hours until hard. Share this summer delight with your dog on the patio enjoying the summer fun. Store leftovers in zip lock bags for up to 2 months. This is also a good recipe to use to fill regular ice cream cones with, turn them over on a muffin paper and freeze for a dog ice cream cone.
2. Kitchen Sink Frozen Cookies
Makes approximately 24 frozen cookies.
The ingredient list seems long, but these will be worth it when your dog delights on the burst of flavor that each frozen cookie has. Did somebody say CHEESE??
4-ounce block of cheddar cheese shredded
1 1/3 cup whole wheat or oat flour (which can be made by taking rolled or quick oats and processing in a blender or food processor).
¼ cup milk
¼ cup gravy, flavor of choice
½ tbsp dried parsley
¼ tbsp dried mint
1 ½ tbsp soft butter
2 tbsp bacon bits or crumbles
1 ½ tbsp applesauce
Combine all the ingredients together, chill for 30 minutes. Using the cookie cutter of your choice cut them out and bake in a 375-degree oven for 15-20 minutes, depending on the size of the cookies. Once cooled, freeze on trays then move to zip lock bags for storage up to 2 months. The crunchy coolness of these cookies will bring in the crunch factor as well as that coolness that they seek when the temperature rises.
3. Frozen Dog Popsicles
Makes approximately 8 popsicles.
2 cups plain yogurt
1 Large overly ripe banana
½ cup of peanut butter
1 Tbsp water
1 Tbsp Honey
Mash the banana, combine all the ingredients together in a blender or with a mixer. Pour into popsicle molds and freeze for a tasty treat on a hot summer day! Store leftovers in freezer bags for use to 2 months.
4. Mini Frozen Candies
Makes approximately 24-30 depending on the size
You know those awesome peanut butter candies they call energy balls everyone seems to love. These are just like those but for dogs! Although if you steal a bite you might decide to eat these homemade candies yourself.
Scant 1½ cup rolled oats
2/3 cup peanut butter
2 tbsp Honey
1/8 cup water or broth
Combine all the ingredients together with a fork, chill for ½ hour in the refrigerator. Using your hands shape into round balls and press down on a parchment lined cookie sheet. Freeze until hard. Store leftovers in the freezer in zip lock bags for up to 2 months if they last that long!
5. Ice Cream Cake for Dogs
Makes 1 cake that can be shared
1 32-ounce plain yogurt
4 tbsp peanut butter
3 tbsp pumpkin puree
Combine all the ingredients together in a blender or with a mixer, pour into a foil or parchment lined 9 x 5 loaf pan. Freeze until set, lift out of loaf pan, flip over onto a plate and serve, candles and party hat a must, especially for your best friend!
Summertime is a time for making memories and sharing special moments. The above homemade recipes create moments for us to just hang out and be with our dog, enjoying the here and now. All the ideas we have in our minds, the things we want to accomplish, the places we wish to visit, people we want to see and every other agenda in our human minds are eased for just a few moments. Enjoying the balmy summer weather with a fantastic cool treat on a hot summer day or night, within the nature around us is glorious. For just a moment time stands still and we are so glad our best friend is there to share it with us.
Our furry best friend, the shadow that quietly waits for us to contemplate what comes next. They stand strong beside us in every decision we make and waits for those moments we can throw a ball or frisbee, play tug of war, where would we be without them.
Let’s make the most of every moment we spend together with them!
When all else fails at least one thing is for certain, should the power go out due to some strange summer storm that appears, we might find ourselves with no air condition and completely out of that rocky road we love so much. We might decide to share a bite of these glorious dog treats, that is, if they decide to share with us!
The Amereican Kennel Club has a great article where you can find further information regarding using CBD Oil for your dog.
**CBD Oil is a extract from the Cannabis plant. While undesired side effects and reactions are rare, if this is the first time you are giving this to your dog, err on the side of caution when dispensing and start out with small quantities until you know how your dog will react. **