Summertime means fun in the sun, and what could be more fun for your dog than cooling off with a refreshing frozen treat made just for them? These watermelon and yogurt frozen dog treats are perfect for a hot day.
They’re healthy, delicious, and perfect for a hot summer day. Dogs love the taste of watermelon, and the yogurt gives them some added protein and calcium.
Plus, they’re really easy to make! Just mix them up and pop them in the freezer for a few hours. Then give one to your pup and she will be happy as can be.
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What you need
All you need for this recipe is fresh, seedless watermelon, plain Greek yogurt, a food processor or blender, and an ice cube tray. If you want fun-shaped treats, you can try these bone and paw-shaped ice cube trays.
Can dogs eat watermelon?
Dogs can eat watermelon in moderation. Watermelon is high in vitamins A, B6, and C, and, potassium. It’s also low in calories and has high water content.
You do need to be careful not to give your dogs any seeds as the seeds can cause blockage. Also, don’t give your dog the rind as it can cause stomach upset.
Can dogs eat yogurt?
Dogs can eat yogurt in moderation as long as it is unflavored. Flavored yogurts tend to be higher in sugar and can contain other ingredients that are bad for dogs. Also, avoid any yogurt that contains xylitol as that is toxic to dogs.
I use only Greek yogurt in all my dog recipes as it tends to be better tolerated than regular yogurt. According to the AKC, this is because it has lower levels of lactose than regular yogurt.
How to make watermelon and yogurt frozen treats
Once you have your ingredients, it’s really simple to make these treats.
All you need to do is put 1 cup of cut-up watermelon (cut into small pieces) and 1 cup of yogurt in a blender or food processor. Blend until smooth.
Then scoop (or pour) the mixture into an ice cube tray and freeze until solid. If you are using a silicone ice cube tray, make it easier to get it into the freezer by placing it on a cookie sheet before filling.
Once they are frozen solid you can give one to your dog (or yourself!) and enjoy!
Why do I need a food processor or blender?
You might be thinking that an ice cube tray and a fork would work just as well, but it won’t yield the same results.
These mix much nicer when the watermelon is pureed versus just mashed up. Granted, your dog won’t care either way, but I like the way they look better when the watermelon is pureed.
Plus, adding the yogurt to the blender with the watermelon makes it so you don’t have to dirty a bowl as well.
How to store frozen watermelon and yogurt dog treats
To store these treats just place them into a Ziploc baggie or other air-tight container and keep them in the freezer. They should last for several months.
Other frozen dog treats for summer
My dogs love these watermelon and yogurt frozen dog treats, but they also love the other recipes I have shared on my blog as well. Here are a few of their favorites:
Now that you know how to make these delicious frozen watermelon treats, it’s time to get cooking! Not only are they a fun and easy way to cool down during the hot summer months, but your furry friend will love them too.