Watermelon— that refreshing summertime snack staple. I love having watermelon in a salad, on the side at cookouts, or in ice cream! Watermelon is a versatile fruit that is good for us and our dogs! You might be surprised at how much your dog might enjoy some watermelon in the summertime. But what are good ways to serve your favorite fluffy friend watermelon? Are there benefits or risks associated with dogs eating watermelon? These are the questions we will be answering right here and now.
Health Benefits of Watermelon for Dogs
There are many reasons for feeding your dog watermelon, and most of them are in the nutritional wealth of watermelon. This summertime melon is high in vitamins A, B6, and C and rich in potassium, magnesium, and beta-carotene. These vitamins are excellent for your dog’s health, making watermelon a great treat for your pooch. Additionally, this summertime treat may increase immune system health in some dogs.
Besides the amazing vitamins in watermelon, it is also healthful for dogs because it has a low fat and protein content and is high in water and fiber content. Watermelon does have quite a bit of sugar but that is balanced out by how much water and fiber is present in watermelon. This means that your dog will enjoy all the health benefits of watermelon pretty much guilt-free while keeping them hydrated. What a great way to get your pet hydrated and healthy on a hot day!
Possible Health Issues
Your dog can benefit from certain parts of the watermelon, but there are also parts of the watermelon that can be harmful to your dog. Here is what to keep in mind when feeding your dog watermelon and how to keep your best friend safe.
It is best not to serve your dog watermelon rind. The rind is hard for dogs to digest. The rind can also create intestinal blockages, as well as choking hazards for smaller dogs. If your dog has eaten watermelon rind, you may notice diarrhea, constipation, and (or) vomiting. If any of these symptoms arise, contact your veterinarian as soon as possible.
Additionally, the seeds of watermelons can be dangerous for dogs. Eating many seeds at one time can create blockages in the intestines of your furry friend. Don’t worry if they get a couple of small seeds, but to prevent issues, try to deseed the watermelon the best you can before giving the fruit to your dog.
The flesh of watermelon is quite fibrous. In moderation, watermelon can be a great snack, but too much fiber can upset their stomachs. Make sure to feed your dog an appropriate amount of watermelon in relation to their size and health. You can always contact your vet if you have questions about whether watermelon would be okay for your dog and how much would be appropriate for them.
What Parts of a Watermelon are Good for Dogs
When serving your dog watermelon, it is best to serve only the watermelon flesh with the seeds removed. The flesh of the watermelon is the best for dogs because in moderation it is healthy for your pooch and does not pose any health risks. Since watermelon is so high in water and essentially packs a multivitamin into every bite, it is a great treat for your dog to enjoy when it is hot out.
Of course, it is always best to proceed with caution when introducing your dog to a new food. Keep your friend safe by feeding them only a little and seeing how they react to the food before serving them more.
How to Safely Feed Your Dog Watermelon
To prepare watermelon for your dog, cut the rind off the watermelon. You will then want to deseed the watermelon the best you can. At this point, you can cut the watermelon into cubes appropriately sized for your dog. To make even more fun and cooling treats for your pet, you can freeze the watermelon cubes. You can even make a popsicle for your dog by blending watermelon with a little yogurt and freezing the mix in ice cube trays. Have some fun with it!
Remember to keep in mind how big your dog is when determining how much watermelon to serve them. Bigger dogs may be able to eat more than little dogs. Older dogs might not be able to eat as much as younger dogs.
Can My Dog Eat Watermelon?— Conclusion
Watermelon can be an awesome addition to your dog’s diet due to how nutritious and hydrating it is. I had always wondered: can my dog eat watermelon? Finding out that it is an awesome snack for my fluffy friend was a great discovery. When summertime rolls around, I can’t wait to share some watermelon with my dog!
Written by: Mariah Haines