Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Independence Day Party Week - Pupsicles

A special cool treat for your special furry friend: 

Where do I even begin today? I decided to fill this week with Fourth of July party ideas and throw in a couple additional posts. I awoke this morning tired from Monday’s middle of the night post thinking about how I would efficiently create the remainder of and the additional posts for this week. I concluded I would go to the gym a little earlier and then have the rest of the day to work on the posts. I am sure you see where this is going...I came home from the gym, took Dash outside and when we were reentering the door he appeared to twist his ankle stepping through the threshold. He looked at me as if I had inflicted the pain he was feeling. I scooped him up (after I chased him across the living room) to find his foot was bleeding. We made a make-shift bandage and headed off to our vet’s office. It turns our Dash spilt his toenail in half all the way up into the quick. Meaning he had to be sedated and most of the toenail removed. How he manages these types of randomness I will never know. 

I had planned on adding these “pupsicles” later in the week, but was glad to have something special for my groggy little boy today. 

You will need: 
  • Blender or juicer 
  • Popsicle forms 
  • Broth (low sodium chicken/beef) 
  • Apple 
  • Carrots 
  • Green beans 
  • Water 
I have a nice blender, thank you Mom and Dad, but I still need to soften fruits and vegetables before I can puree them. I boiled 1/2 c. chicken broth with 1/2 c. water and added 1/4 of a medium apple. The beans and carrots were already soft. I poured the apple/broth mixture in the blender with a cup of carrots and a cup of green beans. I added a splash more of broth and pureed. I would have added more broth, but I did not think the sodium content was low enough. That is why I added 1/2 c. water. Each of these ingredients are subject to your dog’s taste and digestive system. Blueberries, pumpkin puree, and natural peanut butter are all good ingredients too. If you are unsure, check with your veterinarian or credible sources such as ASPCA or AKC for dog ingredient lists. 

Pour the puree into popsicle forms and freeze. I punched a hole in the plastic handle and added a dog tag to identify these as “for dogs only”. They are all human-grade ingredients, but I think it may come as a bit of a shock to put one in your mouth...they smell awful! By the way, it is NOT a good idea to leave your dog unattended with a pupsicle unless you have left them only the icy section and removed all the non-edible parts. 

We just adore our vet, the other vets and the staff at Wedgewood Pet Clinic. They are so good to Dash!

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