I’ve got three yummy and easy watermelon dog treat ideas for your dog for the upcoming 4th of July holiday! My sisters and I love the taste of watermelon and it makes a good snack for dogs too!
Do you know much about watermelon? Is it a fruit or a vegetable? Can dogs safely eat it? I’ve got a few fun facts to share with you from the National Watermelon Promotion Board.
- Dogs can eat watermelon. For safety, it is not recommended for dogs to eat the seeds or rind because it can cause gastrointestinal upset.
- Watermelon is actually not a fruit, but a vegetable from the cucumber family!
- 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.
Now on to the good stuff! It seems the 4th of July is full of BBQ’s and watermelon, so why not let your pup join in the fun? I’m using a small seedless watermelon, but you can use any size you want. If you have seeds, you have to pick them out.
Start by having your human cut the watermelon in half. You will be using the rind as a bowl, so make sure the cutting job is decent! Using a melonballer thingy, scoop out melon balls and put them in a container to freeze. I also dropped some blueberries into the same container to freeze. Using a spoon to scoop out the other half, I put those pieces in my food processor to liquefy.
Because America is red, white, and blue, I wanted to make my frozen desert layers in that order. I started by putting my watermelon juice in the bottom one third of my star molds. It then needs to go into the freezer until it is frozen solid.
After waiting about two hours for my melon balls and blueberries to freeze, I decided to make my watermelon bowl. In the heat of summer it’s important to keep your pup hydrated. One trick is to make water more interesting. Here you have two options, put plain water in the bowl and let the left over melon flavor it, or add frozen melon balls and blueberries to defrost and add flavor to the water like fruity ice cubes. My sisters tried both and loved the water!
Once the watermelon juice is frozen you will want to add a layer of plain yogurt (I used Greek yogurt), and stick some blueberries into it for the blue.
I let them freeze about two more hours and then popped them right out of their molds. Red, white, and blue perfection I would say!
Lucky for me, I have my two American sisters to use as taste testers! I served the frozen treats up outside so the crazy ones could make a mess if they wanted to. It sure looks like they are enjoying their frozen treats. What do you think? Will you be trying some of my watermelon dog treat ideas this 4th of July?