Can Dogs Eat Watermelon – Is Watermelon Good For Your Lab

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In ‘Can Dogs Eat Watermelon’ Caitlin Riffee investigates the safety and nutritional value of watermelon for dogs.

Do you enjoy the juicy goodness of a fresh slice of watermelon? Have you ever wondered if your pooch would like to chow down on a slice, too?

In this article, we’ll address how to prepare this popular summer melon so that it’s safe for canine consumption.

With a powerful punch of nutrients and a low calorie count, watermelon can be a healthy treat for your dog!

Is watermelon bad for dogs?

Like many human foods, watermelon is not always safe for pets to eat.

Watermelon seeds and dogs don’t always mix, unfortunately.

If a dog consumes a large amount of seeded watermelon, the seeds can cause a blockage in their intestine. This situation has the potential to turn deadly very quickly if you do not seek veterinary attention right away.

Is watermelon safe for dogs?

Can dogs have watermelon? Yes, watermelon is safe to feed to your dog, but not without a little preparation prior to doing so.

Cubed or diced seedless watermelon, or seeded watermelon with the seeds removed, is the best preparation to feed watermelon to your dog.

However, it’s important to remember that many fruits, watermelon included, are naturally high in sugar.

You may think that feeding fruit to your four-legged friend is better for them than a processed dog treat, but the truth is, fruit is filled with sugar that your pet more than likely does not need.

Too much sugar intake can cause an upset stomach in the short term.  And in the long term tooth decay, weight gain, or even diabetes!

Therefore, feed watermelon and other dog-safe sweet treats in moderation or sparingly.

Is watermelon good for dogs?

The flesh of a watermelon is chock full of nutrients that both you and your dog can benefit from.

Watermelons are also an excellent source of vitamins A, C, and potassium.

Vitamin A is essential for your dog’s night vision and skin health.

Vitamin C, while an essential antioxidant for humans, is beneficial for aged dogs that could use an immune boost due to their liver not producing enough vitamin C naturally.

Potassium is an essential nutrient for your pet’s heart health; if your dog becomes potassium deficient, they are at an increased risk for suffering a heart attack or heart failure.

Another benefit of watermelon is its high water content – over 90% of a watermelon’s composition is water. Your dog will be very grateful for this sweet AND hydrating treat on a muggy summer afternoon!

How much watermelon can dogs eat?

According to the United Stated Department of Agriculture, one cup of diced watermelon only has 46 calories.

Since this isn’t many calories, it may be tempting to let your pup dig into a large wedge of watermelon.

However, it’s important that your dog gets the bulk of their calories and nutrients from dog chow or wet food, as fruit does not have the same nutrients as those found in meats or commercially prepared dog food.

Conversely, feeding even a little fruit to an overweight or obese dog can add unnecessary calories. Use your best judgment when it comes to feeding treats of any sort to your pet.

Can dogs eat watermelon rind?

Can I give my dog watermelon skin? Unfortunately, the answer is no.

Allowing a dog to chew on the watermelon’s rind may result in a bad belly ache.

Just as humans are unable to digest the rind (and many other fruit skins), dogs are also unable to digest the rind.

Can dogs eat seedless watermelon?

If you are going to feed your dog watermelon, then seedless watermelon is actually going to be your best (and probably most efficient) choice.

Unlike seeded watermelon (which would need to have the seeds removed prior to feeding to a pet), all you have to do with a seedless watermelon is scoop the flesh of the fruit from the rind and place the bite-sized pieces into a bowl for Fido or Fluffy to enjoy.

Summary – Can dogs eat watermelon?

Is watermelon ok for dogs? The short answer is yes, as a treat.  And as with any type of treat, moderation is key.

Additionally, the watermelon flesh must be scooped from the rind, as the rind is indigestible for dogs. If the watermelon has seeds, you should remove them to prevent a possible blockage once they reach your dog’s intestines.

Finally, make sure that your dog is consuming enough protein and calories from regular dog food.

Fruit may provide them with a boost of vitamins, but it will not provide enough a naturally carnivorous animal with the proper dietary needs.

How about you?

Have you ever been tempted to share your watermelon with your dog?  Did he enjoy it?

Let us know what your dog’s favorite fruity treat is, in the comments box below

 

Can dogs eat watermelon - we investigate this tasty fruit and find out if it's okay for your dog

References

Banfield Pet Hospital, “Essential Nutrients for Dogs and Cats: Vitamins”,
https://www.banfield.com

United States Department of Agriculture, “Seasonal Produce Guide – Watermelon”, https://snaped.fns.usda.gov/seasonal-produce-guide

University of California Cooperative Extension Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources, “Reasons for the Seasons Produce Tips for Placer & Nevada County Consumers – Melons”, http://ucanr.edu/sites/nutrition_best/files/73336.pdf

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