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Doggy Popsicles for the Dog Days of Summer

Rebecca is a retired special education teacher. She earned a master's degree at Armstrong Atlantic State University in Savannah, GA.


Chilly Pups: Frozen Dog Treats

Don’t leave out your best friend when enjoying cool frozen treats in hot weather. Those last few weeks before the autumn cool-down can really be scorchers. Known as the dog days of summer, they run from the first of July to the second week in August in the Northern Hemisphere. If you live “down under,” your dog days are from the New Year until around Valentine’s and carrots.

Try one or all of these doggy Popsicles and help your dog beat the heat this summer with healthy frozen treats for dogs. You can make them in Popsicle molds or small paper cups. Insert Popsicle sticks halfway between freezing, then freeze them overnight.

Healthy Doggy Popsicles

Just like humans, dogs are what they eat. With these frozen dog treats, you’ll know what Fido is eating. They are made with healthy ingredients such as beef and chicken broth, bananas, peanut butter, sweet potatoes, and green beans.

Chicken Chilly Pups

Here's how to make chicken chilly pups.

  1. Pare boil half of a sweet potato first.
  2. Mix a cup of chicken broth with two tablespoons of chicken puree (baby food).
  3. Toss in a handful of chopped sweet potato.
  4. Pour into a Popsicle mold and freeze overnight.
Chicken Chilly Pops

Chicken Chilly Pops

Beef Chili Pups

This doggy Popsicle recipe uses beef broth instead of chicken broth and beef puree or baby food.

  1. Pare boil 1/2 cup diced carrots and 1/2 cut green beans.
  2. Add vegetables to 1 cup of beef broth.
  3. Add two tablespoons of beef baby food.
  4. Pour into Popsicle mold.
  5. Freeze overnight.

Peanut Butter Chili Pups

These are made with banana and peanut butter for a taste dogs love.

  1. Mash 1 very ripe banana.
  2. Mix with 1/2 cup of peanut butter.
  3. Add 1/4 cup of water.
  4. Blend ingredients in a blender.
  5. Pour into a Popsicle mold and freeze overnight.
Peanut Butter Chili Pops

Peanut Butter Chili Pops

What Are the Dog Days of Summer?

The term dog days of summer are so-named because of the ancient Romans. During that time, Sirius, the Dog Star, was the brightest star in the constellation Canis Major (Large Dog). (Canis Major was Orion the Hunter’s hunting dogs.) In the days of ancient Rome, Sirius would rise each morning with the sun and shine right along with it for awhile. The Romans attributed the especially hot days to this phenomenon. It is thought that they even sacrificed a dog to appease the gods!

Today we know that’s not true. In fact, the phenomenon doesn’t even occur anymore. The earth’s polar shift changed all that. But we do know that it is still the hottest part of the year, and often it’s just as hot well into September in many places.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.


Rebecca Mealey (author) from Northeastern Georgia, USA on July 23, 2020:

Aw, thanks!

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Rebecca Mealey (author) from Northeastern Georgia, USA on July 23, 2020:

Thanks. Yes, make them for your baby.

FlourishAnyway from USA on July 23, 2020:

That lead photo tells how much your dogs love these. I don’t have dogs but I bet they love popsicles filled with broth, peanut butter, and all the good stuff. You’re such a good doggie mama.

Demas W Jasper from Today's America and The World Beyond on July 19, 2020:

Oh! Just let me at your freezer....if you make any for humans.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on July 19, 2020:

Great Popsicles recipe ideas for the dogs. I don’t have them, but would share with those, who own the pet dogs.

Thank you for sharing.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on July 18, 2020:

I never thought about this and what a great idea! I appreciate your article and I will keep a copy of these doggie popsicle recipes. Thank you, Rebecca.

Rebecca Mealey (author) from Northeastern Georgia, USA on July 18, 2020:

Thanks, Peggy!

Rebecca Mealey (author) from Northeastern Georgia, USA on July 18, 2020:

Thanks! My dogs' favorite is the peanut butter and banana!

Linda Chechar from Arizona on July 18, 2020:

Those doggie popsicles are fabulous! I like thosr recipes. My pooch will love them for the summer!

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on July 18, 2020:

When we had dogs, they would have loved licking these popsicles. Will have to forward this to people who love their fur babies.

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