It is late summer and the sun gives us once again wonderfully warm days. A good opportunity to refill your vitamin D reserves, take a dip in the lake and enjoy lots of cooling ice cream - together with your favourite four-legged friend, of course. Especially now, any cooling off is just right, because such late summer days can be oppressive and sultry. Especially when the dress code is permanent fur. With our step-by-step instructions you can make delicious dog ice cream yourself. This way you can support and spoil your dog at these temperatures - without any effort from home.
Dog ice cream in different forms
Popsicle sticks made of wood or similar are of course out of question for dogs. They could splinter and be swallowed much too easily and in addition, the owner would have to hold the ice-cream stick the whole time. Small bowls are best suited to prepare the ice cream in. So the dog can lick it all by itself and does not have to be supervised non-stop. Super useful are also Kongs, which are hollow inside and can be filled with the ice cream recipe and then frozen. For small dogs, the ice cube form is also useful for dosing and freezing the tasty dog ice cream. In general, less is more - too much cold ice will quickly give your dog a stomach ache. Small shapes are therefore perfect.
Instructions for the DIY dog ice cream
Step 1 – The basis: classic ice cream is actually a dairy product. Many dogs tolerate cow, sheep or goat milk wonderfully. As a basic ingredient, goat yoghurt, quark, cottage cheese and much more is suitable. If you would rather create a fruity dog ice cream, it is best to use quark or lactose-free natural yoghurt as a basis. For a more hearty menu, it is best to choose fresh cheese or yoghurt from sheep or goat. For dogs that have never come into contact with dairy products, you can alternatively cook vegetables and meat in water and use the nutritious broth as an ice cream base or even as ready-made ice cream. For further processing, simply put the basic ingredient of your choice in a bowl.
Step 2 – Favorite ingredients: Fruit, vegetables, fish - this step offers space for the large field of delicacies and preferences. For fruit lovers, for example, banana, apple, mango and melon are suitable. But many dogs are especially happy about meat and fish in their dog ice cream - even if fish ice cream is not necessarily on the menu for us humans. The favourite ingredients of your gourmet snout you simply chop or puree them and then add them to the bowl with your basic ingredient. Depending on the size of the pieces, you can choose up to 5 ingredients.
Step 3 – Refinement: Finally, depending on the fruity or hearty variant, a dash of salmon or linseed oil can be added. This will help your dog's digestion. A little honey is not only healthy, but also a delicious topping, especially for those with a sweet tooth. Herbs such as rosemary, basil or dried nettles and camomile not only work from the inside, but can also taste really good. However, you should use herbs that your dog already knows and likes so that the ice cream is not spurned. Simply add the selected toppings to the bowl, mix everything well and put into the mould. A few hours in the freezer - and the tailor-made, self-made dog ice cream is ready.
Pay attention to the following: Don't get too creative, because not everything that humans can eat is also tolerated by dogs. Be sure to check the internet beforehand to see if all the food you have chosen for your ice cream is suitable for dogs. Be especially careful with nuts, berries or spices. Seeds often contain prussic acid, so make sure that these do not get into the ice cream. Chocolate, grapes and raisins or some nightshade plants such as paprika are taboo for four-legged friends.
We wish you a wonderful rest of the summer time and hope that we can sweeten the hot days a bit with our dog ice cream instruction. Which ingredients have you chosen? And did your four-legged friend like it? Leave us a comment with your creations and experiences.