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Can Dogs Eat Popsicles?

As the weather warms up, nothing beats a refreshing treat to cool down. But can dogs eat popsicles? Many dog owners wonder if their furry friends can enjoy this summer delight. In this blog, we'll explore whether popsicles are safe for dogs, provide some dog popsicle recipes, and offer tips on making frozen treats at home.

Are Popsicles Safe for Dogs?

The short answer is yes, but with some important caveats. Not all popsicles are safe for dogs. Many commercial popsicles contain artificial sweeteners, sugars, and other additives that can be harmful to your pooch. However, with a few adjustments, you can make dog-friendly popsicles that are safe and healthy for your furry friend.

Ingredients to Avoid

When making popsicles for your dog, it's crucial to avoid ingredients that can be harmful. Artificial sweeteners, especially xylitol, are toxic to dogs. Also, many dogs are lactose intolerant, so it's best to avoid dairy products like ice cream. Stick to simple, natural ingredients that are safe for dogs.

Dog-Friendly Popsicles: What to Use

Here are some safe and nutritious ingredients for making dog-friendly popsicles:

  • Blueberries: These are packed with antioxidants and make a tasty treat for dogs.

  • Yogurt: If your dog isn't lactose intolerant, plain yogurt can add a creamy texture.

  • Pureed Fruits and Vegetables: Use a food processor to puree fruits like bananas and strawberries or vegetables like carrots and sweet potatoes.

  • Water and Dog Food: For a hydrating base, use water with some kibble frozen inside.

Paw shaped popsicle in compostable bag surrounded by turkey tail mushrooms, carrot, beet and blueberries

Try Our Human-Grade Organic Pupsicle

At Santa Cruz Fungi, we have created a special treat just for your furry friends: the Turkey Tail Pupsicle. This delicious sugar-free and healthy treat is made with natural ingredients, including the beneficial turkey tail mushroom. Turkey tail mushrooms are known for their immune-boosting properties, making this a perfect treat to support your dog's health.

Turkey tail mushrooms offer a variety of health benefits for dogs. They are rich in beta-glucans, which help boost the immune system and protect against infections. Research from The University of Pennsylvania has shown that these mushrooms can improve survival times in dogs with cancer, particularly hemangiosarcoma. The anti-cancer properties of turkey tail mushrooms, such as polysaccharide-K (PSK) and polysaccharide-P (PSP), help in reducing tumor growth and enhancing immune function. Additionally, turkey tail mushrooms support digestive health by acting as prebiotics, promoting the growth of beneficial gut bacteria.

The ice pop is not only tasty but also provides essential nutrients with only 10 calories. It's a fantastic way to keep your dog cool on a hot day while giving them a nutritious boost. This pop for pups is free from artificial sweeteners and harmful additives, ensuring it's safe for your dog.

You can find our Turkey Tail Pupsicle at future pop-up events and select retailers. Give it a try and see how fast your dog eats this tasty treat!

Blonde dog licking popsicle

Tips for Making DIY Dog Frozen Treats

When making frozen treats for your dog, here are some tips to keep in mind:

  • Use silicone molds, paper cups or ice cube trays: These make it easy to create perfectly sized popsicle treats for your dog.

  • Only use popsicle sticks if you’re holding the pop the entire time: These can pose a choking hazard for unsupervised dogs. If you want to include a handle so they can eat out of arm range, use edible options like dog biscuits or carrot sticks.

The Benefits of Dog Popsicles

Dog popsicles aren't just a fun treat; they offer several benefits for your pooch:

  • Hydration: On a hot day, frozen treats can help keep your dog hydrated.

  • Cooling Down: Popsicles are a great way to help your dog cool down in the summer heat.

  • Healthy Treat: When made with natural, dog-friendly ingredients, popsicles can be a healthy addition to your dog's diet.

So, can dogs eat popsicles? Yes, they can, as long as the popsicles are made with safe, dog-friendly ingredients. By making homemade dog popsicles or choosing our Turkey Tail Pupsicle, you can ensure your furry pal enjoys a refreshing and healthy treat on hot summer days. Whether you're using blueberries, plain yogurt, or no sodium broth, there are plenty of ways to create delicious frozen dog treats that your dog will love. Watch your pooch enjoy their special treat!

Incorporate these cool tips and dog treat recipes into your routine to keep your dog happy and cool all summer long. Remember to always supervise your dog while they're enjoying their popsicle and make sure to use safe, natural ingredients. Happy summer, and enjoy making these delightful frozen dog treats for your favorite friend!


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