Looking to treat your dog to a homemade snack on a warm day? Try this recipe for Cooldown Cubers from Dr. Ernie Ward! It involves taking some healthy fruits and vegetables and freezing them into snack sized portions safe for your dog to eat. 

Are ice cubes safe for pets?

Many dogs love crunching on ice cubes, especially on a scorching day. But you may have heard that giving dogs ice or ice water can lead to bloat, and while there’s evidence that rapid ingestion of food or water could put dogs at risk, ice cubes alone probably aren’t going to cause it.

If your canine is craving a cold crunch, it’s usually safe to offer one or two ice cubes to help them cool down. If you're concerned about chipping or hurting your pet's teeth due to the hardness of the ice, you can always chop the cubes up into smaller pieces or an easier to chew "snow-like" substance.

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Cooldown Cubers Recipe


1-2 cups of two to four of the following options:

  • banana
  • blueberries
  • celery
  • cucumbers
  • kiwi
  • mango
  • pear
  • strawberries
  • watermelon

Water, as needed.


  • Choose two to four ‚Äúcooling‚ÄĚ foods from the list of ingredients.
  • Pur√©e them in a blender or food processor, adding water as needed to make a slurry consistency.
  • Freeze in ice trays for individual servings.

As always, consult with your veterinarian before offering your pet a new food, and limit treats to less than 10% of your dog's daily intake.

Aug 11, 2016

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