Do you have a hot dog? Not a hotdog! A hot dog! Summer is blazing and our pups are struggling to keep cool. This means it is time to whip up their favorite dog popsicle recipe for them- watermelon carrot pupsicles!
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But wanted to give them something special and filled with nutrients that are also hydrating for hot days. And I like that they are the easiest 2 ingredient dog treats ever!
Our pups, Fritz & Mr. Winkles love these dog-friendly popsicles.
Other dogs must agree because this watermelon and carrot puppy popsicle recipe has been shared on Pinterest over 70,000 times!
Don’t worry we make healthy recipes for humans too!
Ok back to this pupsicles recipe and all things dog.
Can Dogs Eat Popsicles?
Dogs can eat popsicles that are whole food based. Meaning no store-bought popsicles.
You want some free of sugar or artificial sweeteners and made with whole foods such as real fruit or vegetable juice, peanut butter, bone broth, or plain Greek yogurt.
Avoid artificially sweetened popsicles, as they could contain the dangerous additive xylitol, a sugar alcohol that's toxic to dogs.
To be safe never give your dog a bite of any popsicle labeled “sugar-free". Human consumption only for those.
Artificial sugar additives are why we make our frozen dog popsicles at home using just two natural ingredients; carrots and watermelon. It just doesn't get any easier when it comes to dog popsicle recipes.
Carrots are great for dogs because they are high in vitamin A and fiber. Give them a good scrub and cop off the ends. Peeling the carrots is optional. No carrots? Try ripe bananas instead.
Watermelon is 50% water so it provides extra hydration on a hot day and it is packed with vitamins A, B6, and C. You can use other fresh fruits that have a high water content like cantaloupe or honeydew melon.
You do need to remove the seeds from any melon you choose. Which is why I like to use a seedless watermelon.
Both carrots and watermelon are low in calories which makes this pupsicle recipe lower in total calories than dog popsicles made with yogurt or peanut butter.
So if your canine companion is on a weight control diet make these, rather than our blueberry frozen dog treats.
No need to add water or chicken broth to this recipe. The melon has an extremely high water content making it great for dog hydration.
You can use silicone molds or ice cube trays. These size molds are great for smaller dogs like mine.
For larger dogs, these smaller homemade frozen dog treats could be a choking hazard.
Instead, use regular popsicle molds or a paper cup. However, do not use traditional popsicle sticks or the silicone handles that come with many popsicle trays.
Instead, use a long thin dog biscuit, celery sticks, or carrot sticks.
If you have trouble getting the popsicles out of the molds set them in a tray of warm water for a few minutes and they should pop right out.
⏲️How to Make Dog Popsicles
This dog popsicle recipe is as easy as it gets. Your furry friend is in a for special treat.
Add the roughly chopped carrots to a blender or food processor, and pulse to chop them up.
Then add the watermelon. Puree until smooth and pour into your molds or ice trays. If you haven't removed the seeds you can strain them out now.
Pour into your molds or ice trays. If you haven't removed the seeds you can strain them out now.
Freeze for two hours or until frozen solid.
These pupsicles are best served outside on a hot summer day. Unless of course, sticky floors are your jam.
Bone Appetit! No, I didn't misspell that, I just think I am funny. Woof woof.
👩🏻🍳 Expert Tip
e love pupsicles that are kid-friendly popsicles too. One recipe, two birds? Just add the mix to a regular popsicle mold. And I may have been known to use this mix as ice cubes for me infused water. Love it!
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💭 Frequently Asked Questions
Watermelon is safe for dogs as long as you remove the black seeds which are rough on their tummies.
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Watermelon Carrot Pupsicles
- 2 medium sized carrots
- 3 cups watermelon cubed
- Clean and roughly chop carrots. Cut watermelon into chunks and remove seeds.2 medium sized carrots, 3 cups watermelon
- Pulse carrots in a blender until finely chopped. Add watermelon and puree until smooth.
- Pour into molds. Freeze for 2 hours or until frozen solid.
- Frozen treats will store for 3 months in the freezer in a zip-top bag.
- Frozen treats are messy, we suggest eating outside.
- Dog treat mold or ice cube tray see post for suggestions