Who doesn’t like this delicious, watery fruit, especially during summer? Dogs love them too! Can dogs eat melons? Let’s find out.
Quick answer: Yes, if you keep some things on your mind.
Are Melons Safe For Your Dog To Eat?
Melons can be safe for your dog to eat if you feed them in moderation. Dogs like humans are huge fans of melons ( I know mine loves it), and what’s not to love, the sweetness of it, or the wateriness. We can all agree that melons are an amazing fruit, full of vitamins and minerals! They are a great source of antioxidants too. Antioxidants are reducing effects of aging reduce the risk of cancer and heart disease. They are very important in your dog’s diet because of exposure to multiple environmental pollutants, like pesticides, cigarette smoke, and cleaning chemicals. Antioxidants are preventing damage done to cells by the pollutants.
You Should Not Give Your Dog A Large Portion Of The Melon
Yes, melon can be beneficial for your dog’s health, but feeding him too much of it can cause some problems. The dog can’t eat as much melon as he wants. As we all well know, dogs are meat-eaters, and while melon is good for them if they have too much, it will just run through their body and end with, yes, you’ve guessed it diarrhea.
How We Feed Our Dog A Mellon is Important Too!
Aldo our furry friends enjoy eating melons and mango, they should be given occasionally as a treat.
How you serve them is very important, because melons have very thick outer skin that is really hard for dogs to chew, and it is best to remove it before feeding it to a dog. You should also remove the seeds! They can get stuck between the teeth or in the throat and are not very digestible. After you’ve removed all bad parts of the melon, and cut it into small pieces it is safe for them to eat. Also, you should never feed them melons just before their meal, give it a couple hours before.
Avoid Melon Smoothies!
Do not even think about it, yes they are delicious but loaded with sugar and dairy and will make your pet sick. Smoothies like Milkshakes are not suitable food for dogs. If your dog accidentally has some, the best thing to do is to take him to the vet.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Let’s go over some of the most FAQ. It’s important to take everything into consideration, not only to educate ourselves but other dog owners also.
What is the Nutritional Value** of a Melon?
· around 60.3 calories.
· 15.6 gr of carbohydrate.
· 13.9 gr of sugar.
· 0.3 grams of fat.
· 1.5 gr of protein.
· 5987 IU of vitamin A.
· 65.0 mg of vitamin C.
· 4.4 mcg of vitamin K.
· 13.5 mg of choline.
· 0.1 mg of vitamin B6.
· 81.4 mg of Omega-3 fatty acids.
· 62.0 mg of Omega-6 fatty acids.
· 15.9 mg of calcium.
· 0.4 mg of iron.
· 21.2 mg of magnesium.
· 26.5 mg of phosphorus.
· 28.3 mg of sodium.
· 0.3 mg of zinc.
· 17.7 mg of phytosterols.
· 160 grams of water.
*Estimated amount per one cup : 177 grams
What Dosage is Healthy?
Considering we have cleaned our melon properly which means that we’d taken out seeds, and removed the skin, we can then can then cut it into small pieces and feed it to a dog. One cup occasionally for a bigger dog is enough, half of a cup for smaller breeds.
Are There Any Breeds Specifically Sensitive to Melons?
There are some breeds with more sensitive stomachs, Scottish Terrier and Yorkie are few of those, and you should never give melon to a puppy.
What are the Symptoms* of an Allergic Reaction?
If your dog has these symptoms he is likely to have an allergic reaction and you should not feed him Melons:
· Eating grass.
· Stomach pain.
*These are the most common examples, please contact your local vet if you have noticed anything unusual, even if we didn’t list it above.
Conclusion: Can I Give My Dog Melons?
The abundance of antioxidants that melons contain makes them a perfectly healthy snack for older dogs that need a little help fighting potential diseases and cancer. Although it’s true that dogs are able to naturally produce Vitamin C (unlike us), as they age it may be harder from them to frequently produce enough. But don’t think of this as a supplement food that old dogs necessarily need. Even though vitamins and minerals from this fruit may be more beneficial for older dogs, owners should still treat melons as a treat and not as a part of his usual diet!
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