Dog dehydration and heat stroke can have some serious ramifications. It happens more often than one might think, especially in dogs with short muzzles (think pugs and bulldogs), and obese dogs. One of our favorite—and most fun!—ways to keep dogs cool is with a good ol’ fashioned ice lick.
It’s super simple. All you need is:
- A bowl, bucket, bundt pan, etc. to freeze the concoction in—it should be large enough that it doesn’t melt immediately once it hits that summer air, but not so large that it won’t fit in your freezer
- Chew toys
- Favorite snacks such as biscuits, bones, fruit, cheese and/or meat
- Water, and something to make it extra tasty—try chicken broth for a savory spin, or peanut butter for more protein.
- Health tip: avoid peanut butter sweetened with xylitol! It’s dangerous for dogs.
Got your ingredients? Good. Now:
- Place a few chew toys and snacks in the bottom of your bowl
- Add in the water and chicken broth or peanut butter combination, then freeze for 30 minutes
- Remove, then add another layer and repeat
- Freeze for two hours, then let melt for a few minutes for easy removal
- Let your dog (or cat—we see you, tuna water) lick away
Need some inspiration? Check out these DIY ice licks.
Peanut Butter & Fruit Ice Lick
Peanut Butter & Beef Ice Lick
Fruit & Veggie Ice Lick
Beef Ice Lick
Cake-Inspired Ice Lick
Kong Ice Lick
Toy Cake Ice Lick
Do you have a favorite ice lick recipe?
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