As we prepare to celebrate the Queens Platinum Jubilee, let’s not forget our four legged friends! After all, Her Majesty is a dog lover therefore I have created a tasty red, white and blue dog treat recipe in her honour.
Frozen fruity dog treat
This delicious fruity recipe is a perfect cooling treat for your dog and is so easy to make. With juicy red strawberries, luscious blueberries and creamy yoghurt to represent the Union Jack it’s a great way to get your dog involved in the Jubilee celebrations. Freeze a day ahead in an ice cube mold or fill a Kong for a longer lasting treat.
Of course this delicious treat can be enjoyed all summer so keep some in the freezer ready for hot days. If you’re in a hurry the mixture can also be spread onto a licky mat for your dog to enjoy straight away!
3 Ingredient treat recipe for dogs
You will need a handful each of fresh strawberries and blueberries and 5-6 heaped tablespoons of plain, full fat yoghurt. I use Greek yoghurt because it’s nice and thick but natural yoghurt also works well. Either is fine so long as it doesn’t have added sugar or xylitol (often found in reduced fat yoghurts.) This is important as xylitol is toxic to dogs so check the label. If your dog is lactose intolerant you can use goats milk or a suitable non-dairy substitute. (Use whatever works for your dog, my own dog is fine with a small amount of dairy.)
Dice the fruit into small pieces and mash with a fork, then gently fold into the yoghurt. This way you will see the red, white and blue components. However, very small dogs and puppies may prefer a smoother texture; in which case just pop everything into a blender. Spoon the mixture into ice cube moulds or into a Kong and freeze for a couple of hours. Hurrah! You have made a tasty treat fit for the Queens Corgis!
Can my dog eat fruit?
Both strawberries and blueberries are safe for dogs to eat and also contain additional benefits:
- Vitamin C
Fed in moderation these fruits bring some healthy variety to your dogs diet!
Can my dog eat yoghurt?
In addition the yoghurt in this recipe is a good source of protein and calcium. Goats milk makes a great alternative if your dog shows signs of dairy intolerance because it has lower levels of lactose. The most obvious signs of lactose intolerance is stomach distress such as bloating, flatulence and, in worse case, diarrhoea.
Coconut and oat based yoghurts are also a great non-dairy alternative to give your dog. Whichever yoghurt you choose, just remember to check the labels to avoid xylitol (this is toxic) and added sugars. This includes fructose, sucrose and corn syrup. The more natural the yoghurt, the better.
Celebrating the Queens Platinum Jubilee with your dog
These simple treats are ideal for sharing at a Jubilee street party. Why not whip up a batch to delight all the neighbourhood dogs for a refreshing, patriotic party treat?!
Until next time,
Julie & Bosun
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