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Watermelon Dog Treats

Watermelon season is here and so is hot weather. To keep your pups cool, make these refreshing homemade watermelon dog treats (just one ingredient)!

Watermelon treats laying on grass next to watermelon slices and ice.

Is there anything more synonymous with summer than watermelon? Juicy and hydrating, it’s the perfect summer snack!

Turns out, Rhubarb loves this wonderful fruit, and I bet your pup does too! Watermelon is packed with antioxidants and great for hydration (check out all the benefits of watermelon for dogs).

Watermelon can be given fresh, frozen, or blended. So let’s make a frozen treat version to keep our dogs cool and hydrated!

Close up image of paw print shaped watermelon treats on ice in a bowl.

Ingredients for Watermelon Dog Treats

These treats are so simple to make, all you need is watermelon and some type of ice mold (this paw mold is my favorite!). You can also customize it with any add-ins your dog likes!

  • Watermelon: The star of the show! Watermelon has a super high water content making it perfect for dog popsicles!
  • Optional: You can add in any fun flavor add-ins like salmon oil, green-lipped mussel powder, or sardines!
A bowl of frozen watermelon treats on ice with watermelon slices in the background.
Dogs paws with five watermelon treats between them.

How to make Watermelon Treats

Making melon dog treats is so simple! You don’t need anything except a blender, mold, and watermelon! Some fruit treats use yogurt, which is great too, but these watermelon dog treats without yogurt keep it simple.

Step 1: Blend
Blend watermelon until smooth, optionally blending in nutrition or flavor boosters (like fish oil, mussels, or sardines).

A blender with watermelon chunks in it.
A blender with watermelon puree in it.

Step 2: Freeze
If using silicone paw-shaped molds, set the molds on a baking sheet or plate first to make them easier to transfer to the freezer. Pour into mixture into molds, leaving a little space at the top for them to expand while freezing.

A blender sitting next to a paw print silicon molds that are half filled with watermelon treat filing.

Recipe tips

Want to save these for later? No problem! Simply keep them in the molds and cover them with plastic wrap or put them in a sealed container. You can also remove them from the molds and store them in a zip lock bag or sealed container. As long as they do not begin to melt while in the container, they will not stick together.

For some more fun fruits and veggies, try adding spinach or other leafy green, so many vitamins, and lots of fiber. You can also try adding any of these other options.

  • Watermelon: Learn all things watermelon for dogs!
  • Spinach: Everything you need to know about feeding your dog spinach!
  • Avocado: Just a teaspoon of avocado gives your dog healthy fats and loads of nutrients.
  • Kefir: You can replace the yogurt with kefir for an even more probiotic-dense treat.

More Summer Fun For Your Pup

There are so many things to love about summer. Here are just a few of Rhubarb’s!

A bowl of bright red watermelon dog treats.

Dogs paws with five watermelon treats between them.
Paw shaped dog treats with watermelon and ice on grass

Watermelon Dog Treats

Yield: 16 treats
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Freeze Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 15 minutes
Difficulty: Easy

Watermelon season is here and so is hot weather. To keep your pups cool, make these refreshing homemade watermelon dog treats (just one ingredient)!

Materials

  • 2 cups watermelon
  • Optional Flavor Boosters: salmon oil, green lipped mussel powder, sardines

Instructions

  1. Blend: Blend watermelon until smooth, optionally blending in nutrition or flavor boosters (like fish oil, mussels, or sardines).
  2. Freeze: If using silicone paw-shaped molds, set the molds on a baking sheet first. Pour into mixture into molds, leaving a little space at the top for them to expand while freezing.
  3. Serve: Pop watermelon dog treats out of the molds and store in an airtight container in the freezer until ready to serve.

Rick Foley

Sunday 10th of July 2022

I was under the impression that avocado is poisonous to dogs. I tried to give my dog tuna with avocado mashed in place of mayonnaise and he wouldn’t touch it. When I looked it up, avocado is a no-no to dogs in multiple listings.

Sarah Bond

Tuesday 12th of July 2022

Hey Rick! Avocado is a tricky one - the fruit is safe (and even healthy) in moderation. The skin and seeds are not safe for dogs. Here's our article that breaks down avocado safety for dogs!

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