One of the most beloved fruits in the world. Everybody loves a delicious watermelon, but can our dogs eat it? Today, we are finding out if watermelons are bad or good for our pets. Let’s go!
Yes. Watermelon is a great treat for dogs. However, always in moderation.
Can I Give My Dog Watermelon- Yes, But Consider These Important Guidelines
The tasty and refreshing watermelon. Who doesn’t love a good slice of this fruit? So refreshing and delicious! However, despite being one of the healthiest fruits for humans to eat, is it suitable for our dogs? The answer is yes, even puppies (in a very, very small portion of course)! In fact, although most fruits are not good for a dog’s digestive system, and consequently his/her diet, watermelon is actually one of the best, if not the best, fruit to feed a dog. Especially, if it’s Summer and it’s hot indoors and outdoors. In that particular season, if your fellow canine partner comes asking for a piece of watermelon, don’t be afraid to let him have it. It will help the canine stay hydrated, while at same time delighting him with a little fresh snack. A good alternative is also watermelon treats made for dogs.
Important: If your dog loves watermelon but he has irregular bowl movements or his/her organism doesn’t process the fruit well, consider the dog treats with watermelon flavor we mentioned above. It is also a very light snack with practically no calories. It’s soft and chewy texture make it ideal for elder dogs too.
Precaution Number 1 – Moderation
As in most things in life, it’s only healthy if we don’t overdo. Therefore, it can’t be eaten every day and in large quantities. Even healthy fruits must be eaten with moderation, and that applies even more to dogs then to humans. Additionally, some dogs don’t digest fruits well, and even though watermelon is mostly, as the name suggests, water, it can still give your dog diarrhea. If you notice loose poop, it might be a sign you are feeding him too much watermelon. Therefore, do it with moderation, so he/she can enjoy and not become an unhealthy habit. Treat him weekly, or, if it’s Summer, even 2 to 3 times a week. You must always take the dog’s weight, size, and health record into consideration when determining how much is too much.
Precaution Number 2 – Remove the Seeds and Rinds
This is very important. Seeds and rinds can cause digestive problems and intestinal blockage to your dog. In fact, it is not uncommon for a canine to have an upset stomach after eating too much watermelon. If unfortunately, the dog ends up eating by accident and you notice vomiting, lethargy, and abdominal pain, that probably means there is a blockage in the digestive tract. In these cases, go straight to a veterinary. I must mention, this particular issue is much more common in smaller dogs than larger breeds, however, these should also not eat the seeds and rinds. When preparing the piece of watermelon to feed your furry buddy, remove even the white seeds. Don’t put his health at risk, it may take extra time and effort to prepare the fruit, but it’s important to take care of our dog’s digestive health.
How Healthy is Watermelon for Dogs? – The Nutritional Value
Watermelon is mostly composed of water, in fact, around 92% of its body is water. Thus, making it a good hydration source for you and your dog. But this is a known fact. Let’s discuss the actual nutritional value of this fruit. Sure, it is not the most nutritious fruit in the basket, however, it does have some nutrients that our dogs benefit from. These are:
- Vitamin C* – Helps the skin and alleviates stress. It may also help fight fevers. Vitamin C also functions as an antioxidant, protecting the cells from being destroyed and eliminates free radicals.
- Fiber – Plays a great role in our dog’s digestive health. Although some people do not consider it vital to the animal’s diet. It enhances bowl movements, fights constipation, diarrhea, and diabetes.
*Dogs do not need extra vitamin C. Their bodies already produced the amount of vitamin they need.
Important: Although it contains fiber, which is beneficial for the digestive system, keep in mind that too much sugar is equally bad.
Note: Around 46 calories, 0.6 gr dietary fiber, 9.5 gr sugar, and 12.5mg Vitamin C per 153gr of watermelon (1 cup).
What About the Sugar?
Watermelon does contain sugar, nonetheless, it is less harmful then you might think. According to the book “Canine Nutrigenomics”, written by the veterinarian Jean Dodds, watermelon contains dietary fiber, which insulates the sugar. And because the dog’s digestive system requires some time and energy to process this fiber, the sugar is released very slowly into the bloodstream. However, this is one more reason why you shouldn’t feed your pet this fruit too regularly. If fed on a regular basis, it will amount to too much sugar.
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 for other dog owners also.
What Dosage is Healthy?
It depends on the dog’s weight, size, and health record. If the dog has any digestive illness or a very sensitive stomach for fruits: don’t feed him watermelon. On the other hand, if there’s no health problem. Feel free to give him 100 to 300 grams of the fruit. Keep it moderate though, no more than 1 to 3 portions per week.
What are the Symptoms** of an Allergic Reaction?
This is extremely unlikely to happen. Watermelon allergies are not common at all. On the other hand, upset stomachs, and diarrhea after eating is common. It may be because the animal couldn’t process the fruit well or ate seeds or rinds and has an intestinal blockage. If this is the case, visit a doctor. Symptoms of an intestinal blockage are: vomiting, lethargy, and abdominal 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 Dogs Eat Watermelon?
Yes! However, you must take some guidelines into consideration first: don’t exaggerate on the portion and remove the seeds and rinds first. If you do this, the dog can eat watermelon occasionally. There is no reason why he/she shouldn’t. Among all the fruits you can pamper him/her with, this surely is one of the best. It will help hydrate and please the mouth with a tasty refreshment.
Know Something We Don’t?
Hello, fellow dog lover! Did you find our article interesting and helpful? Would you like to tell us your opinion and experience? Please share it with us and the community! Leave a comment down below and join the conversation! We are always happy to read your comments. And please don’t forget to share this article with all your friends who own dogs or are considering getting one. Have a great day and go feed your dog a small piece of this amazing fruit