Summer is here, and what better way to beat the heat than with a delicious frozen treat? But why should our dogs miss out on all the fun? In this blog post, I'll show you a simple two-ingredient recipe for tropical mango and coconut water frozen dog treats. These treats are refreshing and the perfect way to keep your pup cool during the summer months.
Can dogs have mango?
Mangoes are delicious and are definitely up there as one of my favourite fruits. But can dogs have mango too? The answer is yes, in moderation.
Mangoes are safe for dogs to consume if they are correctly prepared and given in appropriate amounts. Here are a few important things to keep in mind:
1. Remove the pit: Mangoes contain a large seed that can be a choking hazard for dogs. Always remove the pit and only offer your dog the ripe yellow mango flesh.
2. Avoid the skin: Mango skin is tough, making it difficult to digest for dogs. It may also contain pesticides or other chemicals, so it's best to remove and stick to feeding the ripe yellow flesh.
3. Avoid dried mango: It's important to note that you should avoid feeding dried mango. Dried mango often contains added sugars and preservatives, which can be harmful to dogs. Stick to fresh or frozen mango as a safer option.
4. Portion control: While mangoes are a healthy fruit, they should be given to dogs in moderation. Like most foods, too much mango can lead to digestive issues or an upset stomach. Limit the amount of mango you offer your dog to small portions and only offer it as an occasional treat.
5. Food allergies and intolerances: Like humans, dogs can have allergies or sensitivities to certain foods. While mango allergies in dogs are relatively rare, it's always a good idea to introduce any new food slowly and observe your dog for any adverse reactions.
Remember, every dog is unique, and it's important to consider their individual dietary needs and consult with your vet before introducing any new food, including mangoes, into their diet.
Can dogs have coconut water?
Coconut water has gained popularity as a refreshing and hydrating beverage for humans. But can dogs have coconut water too? The answer is yes but with some considerations.
Coconut water is generally safe for dogs to consume in moderation. Here are a few things to keep in mind:
1. Natural and unsweetened: It's important to choose coconut water that is natural and unsweetened. Avoid coconut water with added sugars, flavours, or artificial additives, as these can be harmful to your dog's health.
2. Portion control: While coconut water is hydrating, you should still give it in moderation. Too much coconut water can lead to an upset stomach or diarrhoea due to its high potassium content. Limit the amount of coconut water you offer to small quantities and as an occasional treat.
3. Food allergies and intolerances: Dogs can have allergies or sensitivities to certain foods, including coconut. Introduce coconut water gradually and observe your dog for any adverse reactions.
If you're unsure about whether coconut water is suitable for your dog, it's always a good idea to consult your vet. Remember that coconut water should never replace your dog's regular access to fresh water and should be considered an occasional treat.
Mango and coconut frozen dog treat recipe
- 2 cups mango (fresh or frozen)
- 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut water (I use innocent coconut water)
Step 1: Prepare the mango (fresh or frozen) - If you have fresh mango, start by peeling and pitting it, removing any tough fibres. Then, chop the mango into small pieces, ready to be blended. Alternatively, if you have frozen pre-chopped mango, you can use that instead. Just make sure it's thawed before proceeding to the next step.
Step 2: Blend the mango - Place the mango pieces into a blender or food processor. Blend until you achieve a smooth, puree consistency.
Step 3: Add coconut water and blend until well combined - Pour the unsweetened coconut water into the blender with the mango puree. Blend the ingredients until you have a smooth and well-combined mixture.
Step 4: Fill the moulds - Pour the mixture into silicone moulds or ice cube trays.
Silicone moulds are a great choice because they are flexible and make it easy to remove the treats once they are frozen. However, transferring them to the freezer can be challenging once you fill them. I highly recommend placing the silicone moulds on a baking sheet before filling them to make the process easier. The baking sheet will provide stability and make moving the filled moulds to the freezer much easier, avoiding spills or accidents.
Step 5: Freeze the treats - Place the filled moulds or trays in the freezer and let the treats set until completely frozen.
Step 6: Serve and enjoy! - Once the treats are fully frozen, remove them from the moulds or trays and serve your dog a delicious mango and coconut frozen dog treat. Transfer the remaining treats to a freezer-safe container, then pop the box in the freezer.
And there you have it - a simple and delicious recipe for tropical mango and coconut frozen dog treats that are perfect for cooling down your pup during the summer months.
So, go ahead and treat your pup to a taste of tropical paradise!
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[ POSTED 24 AUGUST 2021 | UPDATED 23 JUNE 2023 ]