I can’t believe it’s been 6 years since I first made homemade gourmet pupsicles! Since then all different kinds of frozen dog treats have been a staple at our house. So much so that when I first adopted Burt he figured out how to open the freezer on his own because he knew there was good stuff in there!
While we’ll always love the classic gourmet pupsicle with plain yogurt and peanut butter, I’ve learned so much about dog nutrition lately that I wanted to come up with a new recipe using ingredients I’ve discovered are great for my dogs’ health.
What I came up with is a super healthy goat milk pupsicle recipe! You will probably find lots of goat milk dog treats recipes around, but most of them are in cookie form like biscuits, or small bites, but since my dogs LOVE pupsicles I made a frozen goat milk dog treat recipe.
Nourishing Your Dogs With Real Food Is Easier Than You Think
On my podcast, my conversations with Amanda Rose of Holistic Pet Radio and Dr. Judy Morgan inspired me to add more raw ingredients to the dog’s diets. These pupsicles are rich in antioxidants, probiotics, proteins and fatty acids that will give your dog better digestion, immunity and energy. Plus… I used a freeze-dried fish as the “pupsicle stick” so they just look really cool!
Why Is Cow’s Milk Bad For Dogs?
Though drinking milk is not toxic for your dog, it can produce a lot of significant problems down the road. Dairy products are a leading source of food intolerance in dogs, and many canines are lactose intolerant, which means they have difficulty digesting milk.
Some lactose intolerant dogs have trouble drinking milk, but can handle dairy products like cheese and plain yogurt in small quantities. They’re typically easier to digest than straight milk. Others have adverse reactions to dairy in general, including diarrhea, vomiting, and loose stools.
Regular cow milk is high in fat and natural sugars, which is another reason to feed it to your dog in small quantities. Too much fat in your dog’s diet can lead to obesity and pancreatitis, which are serious conditions that can impact how much time you and your dog have together.
Why Treats With Goat Milk Can Help Your Dog’s Health
I knew these goat milk dog treats would be great for Burt and Lucy, but I did a little extra research to find out just how amazing they are. It turns out they are packed with so much nutrition!
As you’ve probably figured out, the base of this frozen goat milk dog treat is goat milk! I used this because it’s easy for dogs to digest and packed with essential vitamins, minerals, fatty acids, and probiotics that help in the digestion process.
According to the Holistic Hound, goat milk is actually more tolerable for your dog to digest than cow’s milk since it has fat molecules 1/5 the size of cow’s milk, making it easier to digest for pets, even for those with digestive issues.
Goat’s milk is loaded with prebiotics and probiotics that help to support digestion by increasing the population of healthy bacteria in your dog’s digestive tract and by boosting digestive enzymes. And not a minor detail, goat milk is also packed with calcium to help build bone strength.
Keep in mind that raw goat milk has not been pasteurized and it might put your dog at risk of pathogenic bacteria, including Salmonella, E. Coli and Listeria. Use your discretion when deciding on raw milk for your goat milk treats for dogs recipe, and get your veterinarian involved in the conversation if you intend to feed your dog any raw products.
Dog Health Benefits of Goat Milk, Kale + Coconut Oil
Going back to our recipe, another nutrient-dense food that Amanda and Dr. Judy told me about is kale. Of course, I know kale is good for me but I wasn’t sure about how to work it into the dogs’ diets. These pupsicles make it so easy!
According to Nom Nom Now, the phytonutrients available in cruciferous vegetables like kale help boost your dog’s immunity and provide antioxidants that disarm free radicals before they can damage DNA and cell membranes. This alone can prevent cancer in your dog. How powerful is that!? The same phytonutrients are also responsible for maintaining a healthy heart and eyes.
Another ingredient I worked into this goat milk treats for dogs recipe is coconut oil. It’s known to help with your dog’s metabolism and improve their skin and coat. Thanks to SitStay I also found that it can reduce allergic reactions. All these ingredients combined together make a great high-fiber dog treat recipe that you can alternate with the classic pumpkin, peanut butter or honey dog treats recipes that your dog already enjoys.
Give An Antioxidant Boost To Your Dog Treats
One more ingredient I added to these homemade goat treats is blueberries. They make great dog treats on their own, plus they can be added to baked or frozen dog treat recipes.
According to Nature Ripe Farms, blueberries contain antioxidants and fiber. Not only can they lower your dog’s risk of heart disease and cancer, but they’re also anti-inflammatory which is a high priority for big dogs like my labradors.
Easy & Healthy Frozen Goat Milk Treat Recipe
OK, now that you know why I chose all these amazing ingredients, let me tell you how to put it all together. Remember that you’ll need time for these to freeze, so get the ingredients together now and your dog can enjoy a healthy frozen treat ASAP!
– Coconut Oil (try to find a raw, organic one like this)
– Blueberries (fresh or frozen)
– Freeze Dried Whole Fish (I used these Icelandic Capelin)
1. Grab a big handful of kale, about 2 cups worth. Add that to a food processor with 1 tablespoon of coconut oil. If needed, add a dash of water so everything turns into a fine chop. If you don’t have a food processor: dice the kale very finely and spoon into molds. Then melt 1 tablespoon of coconut oil and evenly distribute it between the popsicles.
2. Spoon this mixture into the bottom of your popsicle mold or cups.
3. Add 2 or 3 blueberries (fresh or frozen) to each pupsicle. Top with goat milk.
4. For the capelin fish “sticks” I cut them using scissors so half of my pupsicles are heads up and half are tails up! Just mush them down into the kale at the bottom. They should be able to stand up straight. If not, you can freeze the pops for about 45 mins and then stick in the fish. But remember, these are for dogs and they’ll love them no matter what they look like!
The Trick to Getting Pupsicles Out of the Mold
When I pulled the first pupsicle out of the freezer, I tried to tear away the paper cup. That didn’t work! The base of it was totally frozen to the treat.
Instead, what I do is run the outside of the cup or mold under warm water for a few seconds. Then the treats will pop right out!
I recommend enjoying this frozen treat outdoors since it can get a little messy. You might be able to hold the stick for a little bit while your dog licks the milky part. But Burt and Lucy don’t have that kind of patience. They immediately grabbed these out of my hands and scarfed them down! Especially after I made them wait during these photos.
What Other Ingredients Could You Use With These Treats?
If you don’t have goat’s milk on hand, the next best choice is plain greek yogurt. Of course you could also change it up entriely and use bone broth as the liquid here. It’s really up to what you can find and what your dog likes.
If you don’t have Kale, you could substitute spinach or use a mix of dog safe herbs like parsley and mint.
As for the fishy stick, I love how it looks! But I bought those just for this recipe. If I’m using what’s in my cupboards, I could swap in a biscuit, bully stick or even a small trachea chew.
Basically, you can mix and match any ingredients you’d like for these treats! Check out the links below where I have more recipes that you and your dog will enjoy.
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