Frozen Watermelon Treats
Can dogs eat watermelon?
Yes they can! But there are a few things to remember. Make sure all of the seeds are taken out which can cause gastrointestinal upset and blockage. If you have a small dog, it doesn’t take too many seeds to cause a problem.
Watermelon is rich in potassium and vitamin C, and it’s also a great source of vitamins A and B6, according to Dogtime. It also contains fiber, which can aid healthy digestion. This fruit contains no cholesterol and almost no sodium or fat. While watermelon does contain sugar, it is mostly made up of water, and should not cause any unhealthy spikes in blood sugar. Because it’s 92% water, it makes it both a sweet treat and a creative way to help your dog stay cool and hydrated during the summer.
It’s also unwise to give your dog the rind — the hard green outer skin of a watermelon — as ingesting it can cause gastrointestinal distress that triggers vomiting or diarrhea. While the fruit of the watermelon is a healthy snack in small quantities, eating too much of it could also give your dog an upset stomach.
How to make Frozen Watermelon Treats:
1. Buy a seedless watermelon but even they come with seeds so make sure you remove ALL of the seeds
2. Using a melon baller or spoon, scoop out (from the middle) enough to fill the glass pitcher for your blender almost to the top
3. Add 1/2 cup of water (optional)
4. Add 1/2 cup ice cubes
5. Use the “smoothie” option on your blender if you have one but this is also a preference thing. I use an Oster blender so I have that option. Your watermelon should look like a slushy when mixed.
6. Pour into your favorite mold or molds. I used a daisy and heart mold.
7. Freeze overnight and serve frozen.
Foods to add to your treat:
Not only can you use watermelon, you can also add blueberries and strawberries to the blender. Make sure the fruit is thoroughly washed and dried before giving to your pup to avoid giving them harsh pesticides and chemicals.
I chose to add ice and water which diluted the watermelon juice a bit so this can be optional. This is just a way to use up your watermelon and give your pup a healthy, cool, easy treat.
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