Author: Keren Dinkin
Summer is here and it's time to soak in that sun and spend some quality time with your pet.
One thing to remember in summer is that your dog has a higher internal temperature than you, so when temperatures soar, you have to tweak their diet a little bit. Give them food that is more hydrating as well as nourishing and allows them to comfortably cope with the summer heat.
Here are some of our top summer-themed recipes that your pet is sure to love!
Recipe 1: Hydrating Juicin’
Your dog is sure to lap up this deliciously refreshing and hydrating juice and beg you for more with their expressive doggy eyes!
Here’s what you need:
- Broccoli - 9 oz.
- Blueberries - 2 oz.
- Apple cider vinegar (with the mother) - ¼ cup
- One Gullet Stick
- Filtered Water (as needed for blending)
1. Wash all produce
2. Chop ingredients and combine into a blender or food processor
3. Blend to a uniform puree consistency
4. If necessary, add filtered water to reach appropriate consistency
5. Store or freeze into silicone molds in the fridge until ready to feed
Health Benefits of Hydrating Juicin"
Gullet Sticks have a deliciously complex flavor and are a natural source of glucosamine and chondroitin, which keep your dog's joints healthy.
Blueberries: This fruit contains natural sugars that can benefit your dog's oral health and digestion. Blueberries also contain tannins that help to reduce plaque formation on teeth and maintain gum health.
Recipe 2: Delicious Belly Bomb Broth
Time and patience are the keys to making the greatest bone broth.
But you can make this a little easier by using our recipe! With some easy-to-get ingredients, you'll be able to get the job done in no time if you follow our directions.
- Bone broth - 2 cups
- Blue Spirulina - 2 tsp.
- Raw goat's milk - 1 cup
1. You can purchase premade bone broth or follow the recipe below
2. Put bones (marrow bones and chicken feet are ideal) in a crock pot
3. Cover bones with water
4. Add 2-4 tablespoons of ACV *Optional: Ginger, Kelp, Mushrooms, Fennel, Carrots (Be sure to recommended quantities.)
5. Cook and leave on low for 24-48 hours
6. After cooking, strain out solids (do not feed these bones!) and place the remaining liquid in the fridge to cool. Fat cap will form; you can toss this or feed.
7. Mix bone broth, raw goat's milk, and blue spirulina thoroughly
8. Pour into silicone molds and freeze. You can add a portion to the bowl daily.
Health Benefits of Belly Bomb Broth
Bone broth: Bone broth is a superfood and has been used for centuries to help heal and nourish the body
Raw goat's milk: Increases the population of healthy bacteria in your dog's digestive tract, which helps improve nutrient absorption by filtering out toxins.
Recipe 3: Seed Pods
Nuts and seeds provide similar benefits to both humans and dogs, but since some nuts are high in cholesterol, it is advisable to offer them as a treat. Our recipe is perfect for that special moment.
- Almonds (raw, unsalted) - 1 cup
- Sunflower seeds (raw, unsalted) - 1 cup
- Hulled hemp seeds - 1 cup
- Pumpkin seeds (raw, unsalted) - 1 cup
- Filtered water
- Apple cider vinegar - 4 tsp.
- Sea salt - just a pinch
1. Put all seeds and nuts in a container and completely cover with filtered water. You can combine all the ingredients in one large jar or separate them into individual jars at your discretion.
2. Add a tsp of ACV per ingredient to the jar - (if you have almonds and pumpkin seeds in one jar, it needs 2 tsp. of ACV; if you put all four ingredients in one jar, it needs 4 tsp. of ACV)
3. Let rest for 24 hours
4. After 24 hours, rinse all the ingredients thoroughly and dry
5. Blend the soaked and dried ingredients (add filtered water as needed for blending)
6. Freeze into silicon molds and add a portion to the bowl daily
Health Benefits of Seed Pods
Hemp seeds are a good source of protein, fiber, vitamins, and minerals. They have a nutty flavor that dogs love!
Inflammation in your dog's body may be reduced with the use of apple cider vinegar, which can lead to improvements in their coat's appearance and allergy resistance.
Go Out and Have Fun with that Summer Heat!
We hope you enjoyed the list of our favorite summer-themed recipes for dogs. Do check out our other articles on how to make the most of the summer season with your pet!
Furthermore, be sure to check out Natural Farm’s full range of treats using the button below to browse a large selection of chews, treats, and bones that are perfect for your pup at any time of the year!
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Further reading: Learn what's safe for your dog to consume at BBQs and see some of our other favorite summer recipes for more inspiration!