5 Easy-to-Make Hydrating Dog Treats

At all times of the year, it's best to make sure your dog gets one ounce of water per pound of bodyweight. However, if the weather is hot or your dog has been active, they should drink more.

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For dogs that don't love to slurp up regular old water, here are some fun yummy hydrating recipes that make sure your pup doesn't end up thirsty.

Electrolyte water

If you have ever sweat a lot, you'll know that chugging a sports drink or electrolyte-enhanced water is especially hydrating. However, sports drinks made for humans are usually full of amount sugar and sodium at amounts that aren't healthy for your pup. That's why we at Cuteness have a recipe that is perfect to make for your pup so their water has that extra hydration they need.

How to make it

Just mix:

  • 1 quart of purified water
  • 1 tablespoon of sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of salt.

Once the sugar and salt have dissolved into the water, you can give this home made electrolyte water to your thirsty pup.

Pupsicles

When it's hot, who doesn't love a nice iced treat to help you cool down and add a little water to your diet? Same with pups! Which is why we recommend making your dog a yummy pupsicle that's healthy too. Just forgo the wooden stick to prevent choking hazards.

How to make it

Just freeze low or no-sodium chicken or beef broth into cubes, and let your pup enjoy!

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Dog ice cream

Humans may all scream for ice cream and your pup will surely woof for it! We don't recommend actual ice cream considering the amount of sugar in it and heavy cream not being ideal for a dog's diet. However, we have a dog-friendly recipe just for your pooch.

How to make it

Blend up frozen diced cantaloupe or watermelon with a touch of sugar-free yogurt. If you are avoiding dairy in your dog's diet, simply substitute some electrolyte water for the yogurt and blend until smooth. You can also throw in a tablespoon of salt-free peanut butter, which will add a nice delicious creaminess to your ice cream. Your dog will love the taste of this refreshing ice cream made just for them. Since melons contain lots of water, your dog will get nice and hydrated, too.

Frozen fruits and vegetables

Your dog can eat certain water-dense fruits and vegetables, and if you freeze them it adds a nice refreshing touch. Here are just a few of the fruits and veggies you can pop in the freezer and take out when your dog needs a cool munch:

1.) Broccoli

2.) Banana

3.) Carrots

4.) Melon

5.) Steamed and frozen sweet potato

6.) Blueberries

For more fun foods that you can pop in the freezer for your dog, check out our list of all the foods your dog can and cannot eat.

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Dog smoothie

A healthy chill option your dog will love is this kale, melon and ice smoothie.

How to make it

We recommend steaming the kale before freezing if you dog has digestion issues as raw kale can be hard to digest. Blend it all up and pour into a bowl and your pup will lap it up!

These recipes will be a hit with your dog, when the weather is hot and any time of year. Meanwhile, keep a bottle of water handy at all times, for both you and your dog!

Stay hydrated out there!