These papaya pupsicles are a great and healthy frozen treat for your dog and they only require 2 simple ingredients.
I used to make frozen papaya dog treats for one of my past Newfies that had IBD.
He was on a very limited low-fat diet and besides his prescription dog food, the only other foods he could safely eat without suffering from a flare-up were fat-free rice cakes and papaya.
He couldn’t just eat pieces of papaya though, it had to be blended and made into a smoothie.
I used to make him papaya dog treats all the time and since his passing, I haven’t boughten papaya.
In honor of his heavenly birthday coming up, I decided to make a batch of his favorite treats and I know that won’t go to waste because Odin, Finn and Lou will definitely gobble them up.
The only thing that I changed from my original recipe was that I replaced the plain filtered water with raw goat milk to make it a little more delicious.
Can Dogs Have Papaya?
Before we get to the frozen papaya dog treat recipe, let’s first check out of dogs can eat papaya.
According to The Canine Journal, papaya is safe for dogs to eat in moderation.
Papaya is one of the few tropical fruits that is low in sugar and calories which is why it was recommended by our veterinarian specialist for Leroy.
It’s packed with vitamins A, C, E, and K, calcium, and potassium and it’s loaded with fiber.
It’s also good for a dog’s digestive system and helps to support immune, heart, skin, and coat health.
You should only feed the flesh to a dog in moderation and make sure to remove the seeds and the rind because they aren’t safe for dogs to eat.
How To Pick A Good Papaya
You can find papayas at most grocery stores but picking a good one can be a little tricky.
I don’t normally buy papaya for myself so I followed Martha Stewart’s guide when I was searching for one to make papaya pupsicles.
How To Make Fresh Papaya Pupsicles For Your Dog
It’s super easy to make these frozen papaya dog treats and you only need 2 ingredients:
- 1 ripe papaya
- 1/2 c of goat milk
- Cut the papaya in half
- Remove seeds
- Carefully cut the rind off
- Slice papaya into small chunks
- Place papaya in a food processor or blender
- Add goat milk
- Blend until smooth and creamy
- Spoon papaya mixture into silicone molds or ice cube trays
- Place molds in the freezer for 2-3 hours
- Serve to your dog!
This frozen dog treat recipe made 22 treats for us but keep in mind that I used 2 different-sized silicone molds so the amount you get might vary.
When properly stored these treats should stay good in the freezer for 3-4 weeks.
As always, we recommend that always speak to your veterinarian when adding a new food to your dog’s diet and to always feed treats in moderation.