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Summer's Bounty: Seasonal, Dog Safe Foods Both You and Your Dog Can Enjoy!

The warm weather has finally arrived, bringing with it a heap of tasty seasonal foods. While indulging in summer treats, you may want to share them with your dog, too. However, not all the foods we eat are necessarily healthy for dogs, so it’s important to inform yourself before giving them anything. On the bright side, we can help! Here are several dog safe foods for you to spoil your dog this summer.

Safe Foods for Dogs in the Summer Months

There are actually quite a few safe foods for dogs that can make excellent treats throughout the summer. For instance, many fruits offer a healthy and tasty snack for dogs, such as…

  • Watermelon
  • Apples
  • Cantaloupe melon
  • Honeydew melon
  • Mangos
  • Oranges
  • Pineapple
  • Bananas
  • Blackberries, strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries

Of course, don’t forget to remove any pits or peels before giving these fruits to your dog.

While the above berries are safe for dogs, that doesn’t mean all berries are safe. Some other types of berries can have risks associated with them due to pits, chemicals, or even being toxic to dogs. Avoid feeding your dog these types of berries.

  • Baneberries
  • Juniper berries
  • Holly berries
  • Poke berries

Human Food Safe for Dogs: Tasty DIY Snacks

Pupsicles

There are many excellent pupsicle recipes out there. One of the easiest is simply freezing low-sodium chicken broth for your dog to enjoy. You can also blend peanut butter and low-fat, unsweetened Greek yogurt, which will be your dog's new favorite. However, make sure the peanut butter does not contain too much sugar or xylitol, as it is toxic to dogs.

Apple Slices and Peanut Butter

Apple slices in peanut butter are already a common snack for humans, but your dog will love it too! You can even dip them and then freeze them for a nice frozen snack. Just make sure to follow the peanut butter guidelines mentioned above.

Frozen Smoothies

You can blend together some of the above foods like berries that are safe for dogs and pour them into a tray to freeze. This makes for plenty of treats for the week ahead.

Get Joy Can Help Your Dog Thrive

We hope this guide helps you spoil your dog with some new treats this summer. Make sure to check out this guide for foods that aren’t safe for dogs, and don’t forget to keep your dog hydrated, too.

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