No matter the season, watermelon is a refreshing treat. After all, the fruit is 92% water.
When you’re munching on this hydrating snack, you may want to share with others, including your pet. But can dogs eat watermelon?
Certain fruits are a no-go for your pup including grapes which can be toxic and cause health issues. Others, such as apples and strawberries, can be sweet alternatives when given in moderation.
So, is watermelon one of these treats?
Can dogs eat watermelon?
Good news: Your pooch can eat watermelon. However, this does come with precautions, according to the American Kennel Club.
First, the watermelon must be seedless or you should remove the seeds before giving it to your pet. The seeds could lead to an intestinal blockage, so be sure that you pick a seedless watermelon.
Also, remove the rind because it could give your dog an upset stomach. If your dog eats the rind, it could lead to gastrointestinal distress, causing vomiting or diarrhea.
Health benefits of watermelon
Watermelon is a low-calorie fruit that is full of vitamins A, B6 and C, and potassium. It also has fiber which can help with digestion. It has no fat or cholesterol, making it the perfect healthy snack for your pet.
Similar to strawberries, it does contain sugar. So, do not overfeed your dog watermelon as it could lead to an upset stomach.
Ways to feed watermelon to your dog
Of course, you can always give your dog chunks of watermelon, but there are fun alternative ways to eat it. One method is to puree the watermelon and freeze it into ice cubes. You can give these to your dog to cool them off after playtime or on a hot day.
Does watermelon give dogs diarrhea?
Like any treat, watermelon should be given to your dog in moderation.
If your dog eats too much watermelon, it can cause diarrhea, constipation, or an upset stomach. It can even contribute to obesity and diabetes in the long term if eaten too often and at high volumes, according to Trupanion.
Treats, including watermelon, should only make up 10% of your pet's diet, with the remaining 90% accounting for their regular vet-approved food.
What fruits can dogs eat?
According to the American Kennel Club, dogs are able to enjoy the following fruits:
What fruits are toxic to dogs?
According to the American Kennel Club, you should refrain from feeding your dogs these fruits since they are toxic to dogs:
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