Help your pup cool off on a hot summer day with these tasty, ice cold pumpkin treats. Pumpkin also has additional health benefits, for it is mostly water and fiber. The fiber in pumpkin can act as a binding solution through a pet’s digestive tract, absorbing excess water and therefore helping pets with diarrhea. However, add only in small quantities — too much, and it will loosen the stool and create a whole new problem. So, whether it be an upset stomach or you're just trying to beat the summer heat, give these pumpkin ice cream cubes a try.
- 1 cup of water
- 2 chicken livers
- 1 cup plain low-fat yogurt
- 1 cup of pumpkin purée (not pie filling!)
- Bring water and chicken livers to a boil. Then, decrease heat and simmer for 8 minutes.
- Drain livers in separate bowl to collect the broth to pour over your dog’s food when they are no longer enticed by the same food.
- Once cooled, chop livers into fine pieces.
- Combine the livers, yogurt, and pumpkin purée into a bowl and mix until you reach a smooth consistency.
- Spoon the mixture into an ice cube tray (try these cute bone and paw-print molds!) and freeze for 4-6 hours.
Yields: 12 standard ice cubes, ¾ cup of liver broth stock.
This recipe comes from Feed Your Best Friend Better by Rick Woodford, available on Amazon. Don't forget to subscribe to our email newsletter for more recipes, articles, and clinic updates delivered to your inbox (here). Or, you can keep up to date by liking and following our Facebook page (here).