Did you know that watermelon has a 90% water content and that it’s rich in Vitamins A, B6, C, and antioxidants? That’s the perfect reason to come up with some delicious watermelon recipes for my dogs AND for myself!
I can’t think of a better way to cool off from the summer heat than with watermelon. My former pups Missy & Buzz, both Boxer mixes, agreed wholeheartedly and enjoyed the refreshing food both fresh and frozen, just like their Mommy!
My current pup Wally, a Feist mix, loves watermelon as much as Missy & Buzz did!! He’s figured out the perfect way to eat it, too.
Watermelon As A (Raw) Dog Food Topper
The most straight forward way of feeding watermelon is to simply cut open a watermelon, scoop out some pink flesh and top your dog’s food off with it.
I feed my pups raw dog food and add fresh watermelon to their bowls when it’s particularly hot outside (see picture below).
But of course you don’t have to be a raw feeder to treat your dogs with a slice of watermelon goodness – it goes just as well on dry or canned dog food. Actually I’d say that it goes particularly well with dry dog food because of its high water content.
Make sure to remove the rind & seeds before you let your pups enjoy the refreshing taste of watermelon. They can make for a very upset doggie tummy which would ruin the summer fun.
Watermelon As A Refreshing Doggie Snack In Between
You can bet your behind that Missy & Buzz watched me intently whenever I was busy cutting up watermelon…they were never pushy about it though.
That’s because I taught them polite doggie behavior around food. So whenever I was in the kitchen preparing watermelon, the pups got rewarded with a fresh bite of it for their calm “sit” or “down”.
Speaking of polite doggie behavior around food, I always had Missy & Buzz wait for my release to be allowed to eat before they get to dig into their meals, and Wally does the same now.
I personally don’t care much for uncontrolled barking and spinning around the kitchen, so below picture shows what feeding time looks like in our pack – #DogTrainingPaysOff.
Frozen Watermelon Treats for My Dogs
Another fun way of feeding watermelon during the dog days of summer is to make frozen watermelon treats. I shared how I make ours in a guest post for WoofDog. You can check it out by clicking on below post:
Summer Drink On The Watermelon Rocks For Mommy
While we’re on the subject of frosty watermelon doggie treats…I enjoy them too, just in a slightly different way than the pups. I once tried a frozen watermelon treat I made for the pups and cringed with brain freeze and hurting teeth. Yikes, not the funnest moment in Mommy history. #WeLiveAndWeLearn or just plain #stupid.
I have since then found a much more pleasant way of incorporating the frozen watermelon treats into my summer diet. I use them to keep my summer drinks chilled!
I love mixing tequila, grenadine syrup and ginger ale and adding 2-3 frozen watermelon treats. It tastes so good!
You can, of course, add frozen watermelon to any drink, regardless of whether it’s alcohol infused or not. I found that my favorite summer drink also goes really well with my homemade turmeric tator tots and sautéed veggies:
You can’t go wrong with watermelon during summer, regardless of how you serve it to the K9s and humans in your life, especially because it’s such a healthy and low-calorie snack.
How do you serve watermelon – do you have a favorite recipe you’d like to share? As always, we’d love to hear from you in our comment section!Join the K9sOverCoffee Community today! Get your free raw dog food recipe, excerpted from “20 Raw Meals for Dogs”!