Ask A Vet: Can dogs eat melon?

Ask A Vet: Can dogs eat melon?

As a dog parent, it can become a little problematic to track what kind of fruits are suitable for your canine companions to eat. So, are cantaloupes good for dogs? The answer is yes! The tasty melon is entirely safe for pups to eat in a balanced diet and can be a healthy substitute for traditional treats, especially if your pup is chubby. Even though the cantaloupe seeds are harmless, it is better to avoid feeding them to your pup on purpose, as they can also be a choking hazard.

Health benefits of Cantaloupe:

Cantaloupe is a wonderufl source of vitamins A, B6, C, dietary fiber, folate, potassium, and niacin. It has a high water content and has low calories, making it a yummy way to rehydrate without adding pounds.

Vitamins A and C supply lots of health advantages for dogs, particularly in their part as antioxidants. Antioxidants have a very important role in catching free radicals, which promotes healthy cell function, slows cell aging, and even aids in reducing the risk of several diseases. The high fiber and water content in this fruit also prevent dehydration and constipation and promote healthy digestion.

Safety measures to take while feeding your dog cantaloupe:

There's nothing exceptionally toxic about Cantaloupe. It's mostly just sugar and water. The primary issue is the peels. Although enormous amounts of Cantaloupe can cause gastrointestinal problems, it is acceptable to eat. However, the rind may be difficult to digest and pass naturally. Even a tiny amount of the peels can cause vomiting, diarrhea, or an upset stomach. Peel off the rind and keep it out of your dog's reach.

Seeds are indigestible also and can cause an upset stomach, so take out that middle part of the Cantaloupe. The vines and the leaves of the cantaloupe plant can cause upset stomachs or blockages as well.

Check with the vet if your dog gets vomiting or diarrhea that doesn't resolve rapidly after introducing a new treat to their diet.

Watermelons:

Watermelons are also safe for you doggies to eat, with the necessary precautions.

How to prepare:

Since seeds can cause an intestinal blockage, it is better to remove them first. The rind can cause gastrointestinal upset, so it's also a good idea to remove it. 

You can then slice up the watermelon into small chunks so that your pup can easily swallow and digest them. Bigger pieces often tend to get stuck in the dog's throats.

After removing the seeds and rinds, you can also freeze the fruit and take it out on a hot day. This treat will cool your dog down!

Benefits:

The fruit is low in calories and filled with nutrients— potassium and the vitamins A, B6, and C. Plus, the fruit is 92 percent water and has only around 50 calories a cup, so it's splendid for hydration on a hot summer day. It also has no cholesterol or fats.

Check with the vet if your dog gets vomiting or diarrhea that doesn't resolve rapidly after introducing a new treat to their diet.


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