Watermelon: Summer Treats for Your Dogs

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Everyone likes healthy snacks, including our pets and with watermelon coming into season, it seems as good a time as any to pull out the cute pictures of, you guessed it, dogs and watermelons! Not to mention a couple of good ideas, like frozen watermelon dog treats. YUMMY!

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But, before we get too far along, it is important to know that while watermelon is a great treat for any pet, you do need to make sure that you remove the seeds so they are not ingested.  In fact, PetMD has a great article that includes the following list of both healthy snacks and those your should avoid, in the form of fruits and vegetables.

 

 

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YES:

  • Apples – without seeds or core (apple seeds contain chemical compounds that are poisonous to animals)
  • Blueberries
  • Strawberries
  • Watermelon – without seeds
  • Cantaloupe
  • Frozen bananas
  • Green beans
  • Carrots – raw or cooked
  • Sweet potato – cooked, cubed or mashed without butter or seasoning; regular potatoes are also good, but in limited amounts since they are high in sugar and can increase weight
  • Squash, zucchini
  • Lettuce
  • Spinach
  • Popcorn – unsalted and unbuttered
  • Catnip or cat grass

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NO:

  • Grapes and raisins – contain chemical compounds that are toxic to dogs
  • Garlic and onions – both have chemical properties that can be toxic, and even life threatening to dogs and cats
  • Tomatoes
  • Avocado
  • Mushrooms – particularly wild mushrooms
  • Fruits with pits, such as peaches, cherries, and plums – in some cases the pit can be toxic, or can simply present a choking hazard
  • Nuts – particularly macadamia nuts, which are toxic to pets

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And now, BRING ON THE TREATS!

 

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