Watermelon Wonder: A Refreshing Dog Treat!
Watermelon is a beautiful fruit that is enjoyed all around the world during the summer months. It can be delicious and quite refreshing on a warm summer’s day. You may be wondering if this is something that you can share with your furry friend. Can dogs eat watermelon?
Yes, dogs can eat watermelon. There is nothing in the watermelon that is toxic or poisonous to dogs. So your dog can enjoy a fresh slice right along with you. However, there are some precautions. First, don’t give your dog watermelon if you plan to take the dog in the car, or plan to go out for an errand. It will surely have to pee fairly quickly after consuming the watermelon. It is best to get the seedless variety, the seeds can cause a blockage in the intestines if too many are consumed. Also, avoid feeding your dog the watermelon rind.
Just like dogs, watermelon is also safe for puppies to eat. If you are currently working on house training your puppy, it is not advisable to give a lot of watermelon to it. Watermelon is made up of about 92% water. So the puppy must be let outside much more often until all the excess water passes through its digestive system.
Watermelon also has some essential nutrients that are only found in fruits. One of the essential nutrients is lycopene. This mineral has many health benefits for your dog. It has anti-cancer properties, and can also promote healthy eyes. Watermelon is also high in vitamin C, Potassium and has zero fat, cholesterol, or sodium.
Can Dogs Eat Watermelon Seeds?
Watermelon seeds should not be fed to your dog. A few seeds will not be harmful to larger dogs, however when your dog eats a larger amount of watermelon seed it may have a GI issue. The seeds are hard for the dog to digest, and as a result, they can cause bowel obstruction. If too much watermelon is consumed at once time, the dog can form a mass of seeds in the GI tract that needs to be surgically removed. The best kind of watermelon to give to a dog is the seedless variety.
can dogs eat watermelon rinds?
If your dog happens to grab a rind out of the garbage and eat it, there is nothing to worry about. Chances are pretty high that the dog will not have any issues with just one rind. however, if your dog gets into the garbage or your compost pile and eats a lot of rinds there could be some issues. Watermelon rind is not poison to dogs, however, it can cause some GI tract issues. If too much is consumed, the dog may end up vomiting or have some diarrhea. You should also be on the lookout for the possibility of a GI blockage. While this is not common from the rind, it can happen.
how much watermelon can dogs eat?
The amount of watermelon you can feed your dog is based on a percentage of their daily food intake. This really does depend on the diet you are feeding your dog. Only having experience with raw-fed dogs, I can say that fruits do not exceed 2% of my dog’s diet. If you feed kibble I have heard you can use up to 10% of other items per day as treats.
It is really just a rough guideline so you do not throw the dog’s diet out of balance. Use common sense, do not give your dog a whole large watermelon or your asking for trouble. The dog could end up peeing all over your house or worse yet, I will leave that up to your imagination. It is best to only give your dog a small amount as a treat, and always test its tolerance using small amounts. If your dog handles it fine and does not have underlying health issues, you can give more each time up to the 10% guideline.