Can dogs eat watermelon?
This is a complete guide to answer and explain this question.
We are going to be covering everything about the potential hazards of feeding watermelon to a dog and also discuss the nutritional benefits of the tasty fruit.
Is Watermelon Safe For Dogs?
Dogs are not allergic to watermelon and it is completely safe for them to eat the water filled fruit. Caution should however be taken when feeding dogs human foods as the reaction is always different from dog to dog.
It is generally okay for our four-legged friends to eat watermelon but you may never know how your own dog will react after ingesting the fruit.
We strongly encourage you to slowly introduce watermelon in small quantities and observe how your dog reacts.
If they are fine after ingesting small quantities you can then start to increase the amount.
But even if your dog is not reacting to the fruit, you should also watch the amount of watermelon that you feed your dog as too much of the fruit can cause some health problems for your pet child.
Animal nutritionists generally recommend that treats should not make up of more than 10% of a dog`s diet so you can use this as a guideline to measure the amount of treats to include in your dog`s diet.
Can Dogs Eat Watermelon Rind?
The green part that keeps all the water-logged fruit part of a watermelon safe is called a rind.
A watermelon rind is edible i.e it is safe to be eaten.
So it is actually safe for dogs to eat watermelon rind but since their digestive system is not as strong as that of humans, we strongly encourage you to restrict watermelon rinds from your dog.
The texture and toughness of a watermelon rind can actually cause some serious problems for your dog.
It is not certain that you dog will be able to thoroughly chew the rind and if they ingest large pieces there are chances for gastrointestinal blockage and stomach upset.
Can Dogs Eat Watermelon Seeds?
Dog parents should definitely keep watermelon seeds away from their pet children because seeds are very difficult to digest.
Gastrointestinal blockage, diarrhea and an upset stomach are the common hazards that dogs experience when they consume seeds.
Keep your dog safe by making sure that you remove all seeds before you give a watermelon treat to your dog.
How Much Watermelon Can Dogs Eat
Watermelons are considered to be treats for dogs and they should not be the core of the canine`s diet.
The rule of thumb is that treats should not make up of more than 10% of a dog`s daily food intake.
So you can use this rule as a guideline to calculate the amount of watermelon you should feed your dog depending on their size and daily food intake.
How To Serve The Watermelon
You can either give your dog fresh watermelon or play around with some treat recipes so to make the fruit much more tasty.
If you choose to give your dog some fresh watermelon make sure that you remove all the seeds and avoid the rind.
You can also serve the fruit as frozen treats.
Watermelon Treat Recipes For Dogs
This section is a quick summary of some very simple watermelon treat recipes that you can try for your dog.
1.Watermelon And Yogurt Frozen Treat
This recipe uses watermelon and Greek yogurt as the main ingredients and it is important to only use plain Greek yogurt without any additives.
- 4 Cups Seedless Watermelon, cubed
- 12 OZ Plain Greek Yogurt (make sure there are no added sugars)
- Puree watermelon chunks until smooth.
- Place 1 tablespoon Greek Yogurt into each ice cube tray mold.
- Fill the rest of the mold with the watermelon puree.
- Freeze for 4+ hours.
- Remove from mold and store in airtight container in the freezer.
Recipe Source: theproducemoms.com
2.Frosty Watermelon Dog Treat Recipe
This is a simple watermelon treat recipe that you can try for your dog. The recipe uses seedless watermelon, coconut water or milk. You can also add honey if you like.
- 2 cups seedless watermelon (pureed)
- 1 cup coconut water or milk
- 1 tablespoon honey (optional)
- Scoop out watermelon – it must be seedless. Remove seeds if any, but save yourself the trouble and buy a seedless watermelon. Add to blender and puree until smooth.
- Add coconut water/milk (I used milk with the treats pictured here) and honey to blender and pureed watermelon. Blend well.
- Pour into ice cube trays and cover with plastic wrap or bag to avoid spillage. If you’re using hard plastic ice cube trays, you’re safe from most spillage. But if you use silicone bone molds, you’ll need something flat to lay them on. If you don’t, you’re looking at a sticky mess on your floors and freezer. Before you pour, put the silicone mold on something flat that you can move to your freezer, like a cutting tray or a piece of cardboard. Instead of lifting and placing just the flexible silicone mold, you can pick up the stable surface area instead.
- Freeze overnight.
- To remove from tray, let sit on counter for a few minutes to loosen frozen treat. Twist tray to remove treat from mold.
Recipe And Image Source: petguide.com
Health Benefits Of Watermelon
Here are is a short list of some of the many health benefits of feeding watermelon to your dog.
Watermelon is very rich in nutrients that are crucial for growth and body function.
The fruit is rich in vitamin C, vitamin A, potassium, magnesium and other nutrients that can definitely help to keep your dog fit and healthy.
Like vitamin C is very important for repairing worn out body tissues and crucial for the production of enzymes involved in neurotransmission.
Watermelon is mostly fiber and water. Fiber helps to prevent constipation and improves digestion.
Occasionally giving the fruit to your dog can help them digest food better and absorb all the nutrients required for growth and body function.
3.Helps With Hydration
92% of a regular watermelon is water and eating foods that are rich in water can help to keep your dog hydrated.
4.Helps To Prevent Cancer
Scientific studies have proven the existence of a compound called lycopene in watermelons.
Lycopene exhibits antioxidant and anticancer properties so feeding your dog watermelon can actually help to reduce the chances of cancer in their life.
There is nothing wrong with feeding your dog some good watermelon treats but you should be very careful as you do so.
This section covers what to avoid when feeding watermelon to your dog.
Seeds are very difficult to digest and they can cause gastrointestinal blockage for your dog.
2.Keep It Balanced
Animal nutritionists advise that treats should not make up to 10% of your dog`s diet and for that reason, it is important for dog owners to watch the amount of treats they give their four-legged children.
Control the amount of watermelon you feed your dog and also make sure that your offer a variety of treats.
3.Avoid The Rind
It is technically safe for dogs to eat the rind of a watermelon but you should try to avoid it if you can.
The digestive system of dogs is not as strong as that of humans so the texture and toughness of the rind can actually cause some problems for them.
Verdict: Are Dogs Allergic To Watermelon?
It is definitely safe for dogs to eat watermelon and there is nothing wrong with giving your fury friend some occasional treats of the tasty fruit.
Just make sure that you avoid the seeds and the rind of the watermelon as they can cause some serious problems for your dog.
Also make sure that you control the amount you give them as a little too much of a good thing can cause serious harm.