Make your own Valentine’s Day dog treats

by PDSA | 7 February

It’s that time of year where love is in the air – and who better to spoil than your own dog?

Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to show your pooch just how much you love them. So why not do something special and make them their very own heart-shaped dog treats?

Not only is our recipe easy and fun to make – but it’s approved by vets too. Treat your companion with these Valentine’s Day dog treats!



  • 30g plain and unsweetened yoghurt (without any additives)
  • Two to three medium strawberries
  • Half of a small apple

If your dog has a sensitive stomach or is intolerant to dairy products, we suggest skipping this recipe. Check out our gingerbread dog biscuit recipe instead.


Step 1:

Start by chopping up the strawberries into little pieces. Then, do the same with the apple – just make sure that the core is removed and there are no seeds in any of the smaller pieces.


Step 2:

Once the fruit is chopped up, mix it together and add a couple of small pieces (no more than five) to a heart-shaped silicone mould or an ice cube tray. It doesn’t matter which one you use as long the moulds aren’t too big and you can place it in the freezer later.

We recommend using moulds with heart sizes roughly around 30mm x 25mm x 17mm or smaller to ensure that your precious pooch isn’t being overfed.


Step 3:

After you’ve placed the fruit into the tray, pour over the yoghurt. Make sure that the yoghurt you are using contains no additives or sweeteners such as xylitol (birch sugar) as it’s toxic to dogs.


Step 4:

Now that the mixture is in the tray, move them to the freezer. Leave them there for three to four hours (or overnight).


Step 5:

Once the time is up, you can collect the tray and pop out the Valentine treats.

It’s worth noting that treats should make up no more than 10% of your dog’s daily food intake – and you’ll need to reduce your pet’s food to account for the treats. A small dog can have one of these treats per day, and medium/large dogs can have two of them for around ¼ of their 10% treat allowance.

When you’re happy you’ve got the right size and portion for your dog, then you can serve them special Valentine’s dog treats. Bone Appetit!

For more low-cost Valentine’s Day gift ideas for your dog, read our blog.

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