Your Cavapoo Will Adore These 6 Hydrating, Immune Boosting, Frozen Dog Treats For Hot Summer Days
Published Monday, August 8, 2022 by Madeline I
Hot summer days can be a drag for our Cavapoo pets. They love playing outside, but the heat can make them sluggish and irritable. We know how important it is to keep them hydrated during the summer months. Especially if you live in an area that has more than just a few hot days each year.
That's why we've rounded up six of our favorite frozen dog treats. They will not only keep your Cavapoo pup cool but also boost their immune system and help keep their skin healthy in the process.
You may have heard that dogs can suffer from dehydration just like humans. This is because the water content in their bodies is about 70%. Without it, your Cavapoo dog can suffer serious health issues. In hot weather, it's even more important to keep your dog hydrated.
Table of Contents
- Why Should You Hydrate Your Cavapoo During The Summertime?
- Watermelon Popsicles
- Frozen Doggy Banana Pops
- Apple Carrot Ice Pops for Cavapoos
- Strawberry & Carrot Ice Cubes
- Peanut Butter & Banana Frozen Treats
- Watermelon and Blueberry Pup-Sickles
- How Do We Know That Our Cavapoo Needs Water?
- How Much Water Is Enough For Our Furry Friend?
Why Should You Hydrate Your Cavapoo During The Summertime?
We know you're probably ready to spend every day in the pool with your pup, but even though he loves cooling off in the water, it's important that he doesn't get overheated. Hotter temperatures can be hard on your dog's body. Especially for short-haired breeds like Cavapoos. So take some time today to make sure your pup stays hydrated and cool this summer.
You should be hydrating your Cavapoo during the summertime because the heat can be dangerous for dogs.
They can overheat more quickly than humans, so it's essential to make sure they drink plenty of water.
Hydration will keep your Cavapoo healthy and happy all summer long. By making these treats yourself, you know exactly what they are eating.
You'll also save money by doing it yourself rather than buying processed dog treats from the store.
A watermelon Popsicle is a wonderful way to cool off on a hot day while also hydrating your Cavapoo. Watermelons are great sources of vitamins A, B, C, and E and natural electrolytes such as potassium and magnesium. Watermelon also contains lycopene which is an antioxidant that may help prevent cancer.
They're super easy to make. First, you'll need a blender. Now that you have your blender ready, slice up a watermelon into cubes and remove the seeds. The number of pieces depends on how many popsicles you want to make. If you're making a bunch for your Cavapoo to share with their friends, keep the pieces small. If they're just for one or two dogs, chop up the whole thing.
Next up, add some flavored yogurt, plain if your Cavapoo prefers. Then honey to taste and then blend away.
Once everything is blended together, pour into Popsicle molds and freeze overnight, or longer.
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Frozen Doggy Banana Pops
Bananas are sweet, creamy, and super filling, not to mention they make for a great snack for humans and their Cavapoo pet companions alike. So why not combine your pup's favorite treat with something that makes them happy too.
These frozen doggy pops will keep your Cavapoo cool during the hottest days of summer while also giving him or her extra benefits from the good stuff in bananas (vitamin C, potassium). All you need as ingredients are 1 ripe banana and 1 cup of almond milk (or soy milk if your Cavapoo is lactose intolerant).
These tasty little frozen treats are made with all-natural ingredients that help keep your Cavapoo pup cool, hydrated, and healthy all summer long. They're also packed with immune-boosting probiotics and antioxidants.
This means your Cavapoo will be more likely to stay healthy during allergy season. All you need for this recipe is to mix the ingredients together, blend them, and freeze them overnight. Your Cavapoo will have a delicious frozen banana popsicle waiting for him in the morning.
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Apple Carrot Ice Pops for Cavapoos
These frozen treats are made from organic ingredients, and you can use a blender to make them. Use Popsicle molds to create your Cavapoo dog's perfect icy treat. Freeze for at least 6 hours before serving so it freezes completely through. Store in the freezer, and once fully frozen serve your Cavapoo with a dog bowl or dog treat tray.
How to make apple carrot ice pops:
- Peel and slice 2 apples into large chunks, remember to also remove the apple seeds
- Juice 1 lemon
- Peel and slice 1 large carrot into large chunks (about 4-5")
- Add all ingredients to a blender
- Blend on high until smooth
- Pour mixture into popsicle molds and freeze overnight
Strawberry & Carrot Ice Cubes
A great way to get your Cavapoo some frozen fun during the summer months is by making strawberry & carrot ice cubes. Your pup will love chasing these treats around in the yard, and you'll love how easy they are to make.
First, gather some fresh strawberries, you can use frozen if you have them on hand, and some carrots. Next, cut up your strawberries into small pieces and blend them with a little bit of water in a blender until smooth.
Then add in your chopped-up carrots and blend again until pureed. The last step is to put the composition in an ice cube tray and leave it in the freezer until they are frozen, then serve your Cavapoo with a healthy delicious snack.
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Peanut Butter & Banana Frozen Treats
Peanut butter is a great source of protein and healthy fats, which helps keep your Cavapoo pup's muscles strong and his coat shiny. It also contains vitamin E and magnesium, which can help protect against oxidative damage from free radicals that cause inflammation in the body.
Bananas contain potassium, which helps with muscle function, nerve transmission, and cell growth, and beta-carotene, which helps prevent cancer and heart disease. This treat has all of those benefits plus more, plus it's delicious.
What you need:
- 1 ripe banana, sliced into coins
- 2 tablespoons of peanut butter
How to make them:
- Place banana slices on a plate and freeze until solid, about one hour
- In a small bowl, stir together the peanut butter and 2 tablespoons of water until smooth. If the mixture is too thick to spread easily on the frozen bananas, add additional water in 1 teaspoon increments until you get a spreadable consistency
- Once it's spreadable enough for you to easily cover each banana slice with it, without having to freeze more, use an offset spatula or knife to apply a layer of peanut butter mixture over each banana coin
- Then return them all back onto your baking sheet lined with parchment paper so they don't stick together while freezing again for another hour or two before serving
Peanut butter & banana frozen dog treats are great for training Cavapoo puppies because they're full of energy that will help keep your pup going strong through long walks and training sessions.
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Watermelon and Blueberry Pup-Sickles
Watermelon and blueberries are both delicious ingredients that are also good for your Cavapoo dog's health. Watermelon is a natural source of vitamin C, which helps boost the immune system, while blueberries are rich in antioxidants.
All you need is 1 cup (250 ml) of fresh watermelon chunks and ¼ cup (60 ml) of fresh blueberries.
Mix together the watermelon chunks and blueberries in a blender until smooth. Pour into Popsicle molds or paper cups lined with wax paper. Freeze overnight until solidified. Serve immediately if desired. You can store the leftovers in an airtight container in the freezer for up to 3 months.
How Do We Know That Our Cavapoo Needs Water?
It's a simple question, but there's no one answer. There are many factors that can affect a Cavapoo dog’s need for water, including their age, size, and even their activity level. But in general, dogs should be offered fresh water at least once per day.
We know because they tell us. Dogs are very good at communicating what they need and want, and if you've ever watched your Cavapoo pup closely, you'll know that they're not shy about letting you know when something is wrong.
If your Cavapoo dog is acting lethargic or seems to be shivering, it might be a good idea to fill out the water bowl and make sure they're hydrated enough to keep going. You can also check their gums, if they look pale or dry; it's time for some H2O.
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How Much Water Is Enough For Our Furry Friend?
Dogs that are at rest will typically drink an average of 1 ounce (30mL) of water per pound of body weight per day. For example, a 30 lb. Labrador Retriever would drink about 30 ounces (900mL) of water on any given day. Some dogs will drink more than this amount while others will only drink half as much.
As with people, it's important to understand that drinking more than the recommended amount does not mean that your Cavapoo dog is getting enough water. It just means they're taking in more than they need at that time.
When you're out in the hot weather, your Cavapoo dog's body needs water just as much as yours does. Dogs sweat through their skin, and they also pant to cool themselves down.
But just because they sweat doesn't mean they'll always drink enough water. Especially if you're out for a long time and they have other things to do like sniffing around or playing with other dogs.
If your Cavapoo dog is showing any of these signs, then it's definitely time for a drink:
- They are panting heavily or breathing quickly
- Their tongue is bright red or purple in color (this can happen when the blood vessels dilate due to dehydration)
- Their mouth is dry or cracked
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These frozen treats help to keep your Cavapoo cool and hydrated, while also boosting their immune system and giving them a delicious treat to enjoy.
These treats can be frozen for up to six hours before serving, which gives you plenty of time to enjoy the summer outdoors with your Cavapoo dog. During those hot days, we recommend giving your dog a frozen treat every hour or so, so that they can stay hydrated and cool throughout the day.
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Frequently Asked Questions
How much food does a Cavapoo puppy need? The amount of food your Cavapoo puppy needs will depend on their age, size, and activity level. A good rule of thumb is to feed them about 1/4 to 1/2 cup of dry puppy food per meal, or as recommended by the breeder or veterinarian. It's important not to overfeed your Cavapoo puppy, as obesity can lead to health issues later in life.
What food do Cavapoos eat? Cavapoos should be fed high-quality dog food that is specifically formulated for small breed dogs. It's important to choose a food that provides your Cavapoo with the right balance of protein, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins, and minerals for their age, size, and activity level. There are many options available for dog food, including dry kibble, wet food, and raw food diets. Many Cavapoo owners prefer to feed their dogs a combination of dry and wet food to provide variety and additional moisture.
What human food can Cavapoos eat? Some human foods that are safe for Cavapoos to eat include cooked lean meats, such as chicken or turkey, plain cooked vegetables, like carrots or green beans, and plain cooked rice or pasta. Plain, unsweetened yogurt is also a good source of probiotics for their digestive system. It's always a good idea to consult with your veterinarian before introducing any new human foods to your Cavapoo's diet to ensure that they are safe and appropriate for your dog.
What is the best dog food for Cavapoos? In general, it's important to choose a high-quality dog food that is specifically formulated for small breeds, and that lists a high-quality protein source as the first ingredient. Look for dog food that contains whole food ingredients, such as fruits and vegetables, and that does not contain any artificial preservatives, colors, or flavors.