Can Dogs Eat Watermelon?

A sweet summer treat—but is it safe for your dog to eat?

Nothing says summer like a slice of sweet, juicy watermelon on a hot summer day. But should you share it with your four-legged bestie? Can dogs eat watermelon, or should you avoid giving them this fruit?

Yes, dogs can eat watermelon. With that being said, you shouldn’t just give them a wedge. There are some precautions you need to take before giving your dog watermelon. When served properly, watermelon is a fabulous healthy treat. Packed with vitamin and nutrients and high in fiber, watermelon is also high in calories. Given occasionally, this yummy fruit can be a perfect alternative to calorie-dense store-bought dog treats

The Benefits of Watermelon

Before you serve your pooch watermelon, make sure it’s cleaned of seeds and without rinds. Small dogs shouldn’t have more than an equivalent of one slice, while bigger dogs can indulge in a bit more of this fruit. But don’t give him too much—it may result in an upset tummy and your dog will have to pee every 20 minutes!

Watermelon happens to be beneficial for your pet’s health, as it contains vitamins A, B6, and C, and potassium. These vitamins and minerals support your pet’s immune system. In addition to these essential nutrients, watermelon has high water content (92 percent), and it will help your pet stay hydrated during the summer heat.

Can Dogs Eat Watermelon Rinds?

While there isn’t anything in watermelon rinds that makes them toxic, it’s not a great idea to give them to your dog. Not only is it difficult to digest, but it can also cause serious stomach upset in dogs.

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Can Dogs Eat Watermelon Seeds?

You should also keep watermelon seeds away from your pooch. Although they’re not toxic, watermelon seeds can be a choking hazard and cause intestinal blockage. Smaller dogs are susceptible to this, as it requires a smaller amount of seeds to cause issues. Stick to either seedless watermelons, or pick out the seeds before giving it to your dog.

Are There Any Risks to Feeding Watermelon to Dogs?

Although watermelon is safe for dogs, overindulging in this sweet fruit could cause issues. Too much of a good thing can be bad—it’s probable that your pet will get diarrhea, or even vomit.

Limit the amount watermelon you’re giving to your dog. If it’s their first time, give them a bite or two, to see how they’ll react. If their tummy is not upset by it, increase their dose according to their size.

How to Serve Watermelon to Your Dog

Pooches tend to live for moments when they get to gobble something up as fast as possible. But with watermelon, slowing down their face-stuffing it’s more about safety than about manners.

If you don’t want sticky floors and/or carpets and stained furniture, don’t give your dog watermelon inside your house. Save that treat for outside—just make sure it’s de-seeded, sliced, and cubed for your pupper’s pleasure. But that’s not the only way your pet could get to enjoy the summer fruit. For a special, refreshing treat, you can always freeze watermelon treats and pop them out when you want to reward your pooch.

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