These watermelon pupsicles are sure to be a hit with your dog this summer as a great way for them to cool off and get a tasty treat!
Ever since my husband and I adopted our sweet dog Emmy last summer, I am constantly on the look-out for healthy food options for her. You can check out what type of healthy dog food that I buy her here.
It amazes me when you read the ingredients on the back of the bags of dog treats. Multiple ingredients with at least 5 words that I won’t even try to spell. And sugar! Sugar is usually one of the top 3 ingredients listed on most dog treats. Dogs don’t need sugar! I was shocked to pick up a bag of “healthy” jerky chews and sugar was the number two ingredient. I can assure you that Emmy would eat any jerky treat that you put in front of her, even if it didn’t have a single ounce of sugar in it.
In this post, I talked about how there are plenty of fruits & veggies that dogs are allowed to eat. As always, you will want to make sure to consult with your vet if you question any food that you are thinking about giving to your dog.
Most dogs will tolerate any of the allowed foods on that list.
Another gripe that I have about dog treats from the store is their cost! I would give the world to our sweet dog and don’t mind paying a couple of extra bucks to get the healthy dog treats for her, but I can’t do it all of the time.
Which is why I love to make Emmy treats at home! Here are some of the dog treats that I have made for her already that she loved:
Cheap but Healthy!
These watermelon pupsicles only cost me $0.50 to make! And this recipe made approximately 50 little pupsicles. I’m sure I don’t need to do the math for you but that comes out to each treat costing a penny!
I bought a seedless watermelon from Aldi and it was on sale this week for $2.99. After I cut it up, I had approximately 2o cups of cubed watermelon! We will definitely be snacking on watermelon all week. The picture below doesn’t include the watermelon that I used for this recipe, the probably 15 pieces that I ate while cutting it up or the bowl of fruit that I made up for me to take to work tomorrow.
IMPORTANT: Please make sure to buy a seedless watermelon or completely remove the seeds. Fruit seeds are not healthy for dogs and can even cause them to get sick if they ingest them.
This recipe is so easy to make. You literally chop your watermelon, throw it in the blender, add water, and then freeze! Also, I would just like to point out that these would make great snacks for your children or for you to throw into your morning smoothie!
I only had one paw print ice cube tray so I made an assortment of sizes using different trays!
Emmy taste-tested these watermelon pupsicles. It didn’t last long! (As a sidenote, after a few licks she grabbed it out of my hand and ran off to eat it. She only likes to eat treats when she is laying down on the carpet… I don’t blame her.)
|Watermelon Pupsicles|| |
- 4 cups water
- 3 cups SEEDLESS watermelon
- Make sure that any seeds are completely removed from your watermelon cubes.
- Add the cubes and water to a blender and pulse until there are no large chunks. The mixture will have a watery consistency.
- Pour the mixture into ice cube trays.
- Freeze for 30 minutes or until frozen solid.
- Store in a re-sealable bag or glass storage container in the freezer.