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Surf and Turf Issue

by dr. ernie ward chow down wag expert advice Summer is my favorite season. I love spending long days with my family and furry friends hiking trails, swimming at the beach and lake, relishing lazy boat rides and setting out on road trips. I also savor sharing the season’s healthy fare with my dogs and cats. The next time you pack a picnic, try stashing these healthy whole foods for a refreshing snack for your pets. amazing avocados Contrary to popular belief, avocados are not toxic to dogs or cats. In fact, avocados are one of my top pet superfoods, as long as you safely discard the peel and pit, which can cause an obstruction if swallowed. Spring and summer are when my favorite variety, Hass avocados from California, are at their peak. Try topping your pet’s kibble with some avocado cubes or slice one up as an appetizer. Similar to an apple, sprinkle sliced avocado with lime or lemon juice to store. bark-worthy blueberries Blueberries signal the start of summer to me. As soon as that deep blue color surfaces and fresh firmness follows, my mouth waters and my dogs drool. I’ve preached the positive health benefits of blueberries for 20 years: supreme antioxidant, brain enhancer, intestinal regulator and cancer fighter. Take advantage of summer to stock up on blueberries and be sure to share with your furry friends. cool cucumbers May through July is the best time of year for this highly hydrating, lowcalorie veggie. Most dogs love to crunch on raw cucumber slices. You can also drop a couple of cubes in the water bowl for a seasonal delight. recipe: banana frosty bites I’m always experimenting with new ways to prepare healthy foods for pets. This recipe features hydrating coconut milk and bananas accented by one of my favorite healing herbs, parsley. Offer this nourishing, low-calorie frozen treat after a hot summer outing or when your pups need a refreshing break. Blend the banana, parsley and coconut milk until smooth. Divide into miniature ice cube trays. Makes approximately 18 pieces; 8.3 calories per piece 1 medium banana, peeled ¼ cup parsley, chopped ¼ cup light coconut milk stupendous strawberries I know summer has really arrived when I see strawberry stains on my fingertips. Dogs seem to crave the sweetness of strawberries as much as we do. They also come with a healthy bonus: strawberries pack a potent punch of vitamins, immunity-boosters and antioxidants that can benefit every pet. Strive for a few strawberry surprises each week from May to August. wag-tastic watermelons I can’t imagine a summer party without fresh watermelon. Full of water, vitamins and fiber while remaining relatively low in calories, watermelons should become a part of your pet’s summer diet. Offer your canines a cube of the summer staple (preferably the seedless variety) and you’ll see how eager they are for more. the surf & turf issue 53


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