Can Dogs Eat Watermelon?
Can I Feed My Dog Watermelon?
In the summertime, you might be thinking of a refreshing treat for your dog that will help keep him hydrated and cool. If you like watermelon, you may be wondering if dogs can eat watermelon too?
Is watermelon safe for dogs? Can I feed my dog watermelon as a healthy snack?
We certainly thought of this as watermelons become our go-to fruit during the hottest months, especially frozen!
Dogs love a treat, we all do, but not every human food is safe for dogs to eat. So it’s always worthwhile checking first.
If I am thinking of feeding a human food to a dog, I like to know what health benefits it may potentially offer that a specific dog treat may not. Fruit and vegetables as we know, can offer many varied and important benefits, including vitamins, minerals and fibre. Many of the vitamins that are required by humans are also needed by dogs too, so it’s worth knowing what treats contain.
What is in a Watermelon?
A watermelon, as the name suggests, is primarily water – 92% in fact! This makes it a great idea for a popsicle!
But what other goodness is hiding within that juicy, pinky-red flesh?
- Carbohydrate – natural sugars, a source of energy. It is not considered to be too high in sugar compared to some fruits
- Beta-carotene – this converts to vitamin A once eaten. Vitamin A is required by dogs and helps with vision and skin health, among other important functions.
- Citrulline – a phytonutrient which may have health benefits including helping lower blood pressure.
- Other vitamins in small amounts, as watermelon is mostly water.
Can dogs eat watermelon?
YES! Dogs can eat watermelon.
Actually, it is a great fruit for your dog to try because all that water and not too much sugar, with some added vitamins to boot, makes it an all round healthy, hydrating snack they can enjoy all year round and especially on a hot summer’s day.
How to serve watermelon to dogs
Dogs should not eat watermelon seeds. They may build up and cause internal blockages.The rind too, shouldn’t be eaten by dogs as it isn’t digestible and may cause stomach upset.
To serve up watermelon to your dog, first remove the rind and seeds, then slice into bitesize pieces to avoid choking.
As I mentioned, freezing watermelon is a lovely way to make it appetising on a hot day, and your dog may enjoy this too.
In summary, watermelon is a super fruit to share with your dog. Serve it as a treat, in moderation, as it still contains sugar and shouldn’t form part of your dog’s main diet. This should mainly be in the form of a complete dog food, which will give your dog the right balance of nutrients for his unique needs.
If you are wondering what other fruit or vegetables you can safely feed your dog, check out our other articles such as ‘can dogs eat apples’, ‘can dogs eat broccoli’, and many more useful reference guides we put together so that you can feed your dog safely.