Frozen Watermelon Pineapple Treats
Maggie waiting patiently for her new treat 🙂
Can dogs eat pineapple?
Yes, dogs can eat pineapple! It is very good for them — just like it is for people. Dogs are not allergic to pineapple, and it’s not toxic or dangerous for them, unless they just happen to have a rare allergy.
Pineapple is a healthy fruit containing many vitamins and minerals. According to the American Kennel Club, raw pineapple contains a whole lot of vitamin C, along with thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin B6, and folate. It’s also full of minerals, including manganese, copper, potassium, magnesium, iron, and small amounts of calcium, phosphorous, and zinc.”
It is important to watch your pet after giving them this sweet, tangy fruit because something new could mess up their digestive system. Make sure you give them pieces in moderation to avoid stomach upset and runny stools.
What are the best parts of the pineapple to give to your dog?
Never give them the core or the rinds. According to the AKC, If your dog should accidentally get ahold of any of the indigestible parts of pineapple skin, leaves, and core, they can get lodged inside his digestive tract, requiring surgery to remove. So don’t let Fido near the pineapples until they are chopped down to be put in his dish or mouth!
How should you serve pineapple to your dog? The AKC recommends only allowing a few small, raw pieces. They also make a luscious, icy treat when frozen in the summer. Canned pineapple is not healthy for your dog because the syrup in it contains way too much sugar.
Does pineapple keep your dog from eating his/her own poop?
Nope! Nothing will stop a dog from eating it’s own poop if he is bound and determined. The practice some dogs have of eating their own poop is called coprophagia, and it is “a common behavioral problem that can stem from dietary or behavioral issues,” according to The Happy Puppy Site.
Finally! A taste of watermelon juices! Yummy!
Can dogs eat watermelon?
The answer is YES but make sure you remove all seeds and never let them eat the rind. Seeds could cause an intestinal blockage, so make sure you remove them. It’s also probably not a good idea to allow a dog to chew on the rind, because it can cause gastrointestinal upset.
The fruit itself is a health-food powerhouse, low in calories and packed with nutrients—vitamins A, B6, and C, and potassium.
Here are some fun facts about watermelon from the National Watermelon Promotion Board (NWPB):
• An average 15-to 20-pound watermelon will yield 90 six-ounce wedges and 11 cups of cubes.
• Ever notice that some watermelons have internal cracks in the flesh? It’s a condition known as Hollow Heart and is caused by fluctuations in temperature during the growing season. Hollow Heart melons are safe to eat, and they are actually sweeter in spots, because sugars tend to concentrate along the cracks.
• From planting to harvest, it takes a watermelon three months to grow.
• Seedless melons were developed 50 years ago. They contain no black, mature seeds. But you may see white seed coats, where the seed did not mature.
• Citrullus Lanatus is the scientific name for watermelon.
• It comes from the botanical family Cucurbitaceae and is related to cucumbers, pumpkins, and squash.
• You can carve watermelon rinds in the same manner as pumpkins. There are many patterns, from dinosaurs and sharks to Spiderman, and designs are limited only by your imagination.
Frozen Watermelon Pineapple Treat
1 small/medium round seedless watermelon cut in half. Cut out the middle of that half taking out all of the little white seeds
Mash up the watermelon leaving large chunks and add to the blender (I used a Bullet)
Add coconut oil (virgin unrefined). Melt 1/4 cup coconut oil to help bind the watermelon juices and give it some sweet flavor. Blend well. The color will be lighter because of the oil
Pour watermelon mixture into molds and add a chunk of fresh cut pineapple
Freeze until solid and serve!
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