Your dog loves treats. And you love treating your beloved furry friend! In fact, Forbes Magazine reported that 92% of pet owners spent the same or more on their pets during the most recent recession period. But instead of sticking with the traditional store-bought treats, many insightful dog lovers are making their own homemade treats. Not only can they cool down your dog on those hot summer days, but you can enjoy them with your dog as well! Here are a few quick and easy recipes for creating the coolest and most delicious summer treats for you and your dog.

Frozen Peanut Butter and Banana Treats:

Peanut butter and bananas are two favorite foods for both people and dogs. To make these sweet treats, mix one cup of peanut butter with half of a ripe banana. Add a few drops of water, fill an ice cube tray or similar container, and freeze for two hours. Keep unused treats in the freezer, of course!

Frozen Pumpkin Treats:

Even if it’s not the Halloween season, puppies and humans alike are sure to enjoy these mini pieces of autumnal goodness. Combine one can of pumpkin with a cup of yogurt, a banana, and a teaspoon of honey. Freeze in small pieces and watch your dog’s eyes light up when they try these sweet delights! Pumpkin is also great for your dog’s digestive system, so these treats are as healthy as they are delicious.

Peanut Butter and Jelly Ring:

This is a unique mix between a toy and a treat — an absolute dream come true for most pups! says, “This one is fun because it’s not just a frozen dog treat, but it’s also a clever game. Blend together peanut butter and water, pour into a bundt cake pan (we prefer silicone), then sprinkle flax seeds and mixed berries in. Freeze, then toss on the lawn for the dog to gnaw on!”

Ultimately, keeping your pet cool should be a top priority this summer. In addition to giving your dog these frozen treats, it’s critical to keep them hydrated and in the air conditioning whenever possible. Dehydration in dogs can lead to health issues that require veterinary surgery at an animal hospital. Always be aware of the signs of a pet emergency, and for more information about veterinary surgery options or other veterinary services, contact Southern Arizona Veterinary Specialty and Emergency Cente