Ask A Vet: Can dogs eat watermelon?

Ask A Vet: Can dogs eat watermelon?

Everyone loves watermelon. And while eating this sweet, refreshing fruit, you’ve probably wondered if your doggo could eat it too. Yes! They can, but not without precautions. 

Before you feed your pup this delicious treat, there are a couple of things you should be aware of.

Watermelons have plenty of nutrients and vitamins that are valuable for your dog’s health, and this tasty fruit is made of 92% water, so they can be very refreshing on a hot day.

However, too much of anything is a terrible thing, and the seeds and rinds of watermelons can cause severe health problems. It’s necessary to know how to safely serve such fruits or foods to your pup, so they don’t get unwell.

As with trying other fruits, you must consult your vet before feeding human food to your pooch.

Some of the necessary things you should know before feeding watermelon to your canine are given below.

Health benefits of watermelons:

This fruit is full of healthy nutrients for dogs, such as vitamins A, B6, and C, potassium. It’s also rich in fiber, which is excellent for digestion.

Even though watermelon contains a significant amount of sugar, the fiber content stops it from being let into the bloodstream too rapidly.

Watermelon is fat and cholesterol-free, low in sodium and calories; hence, it is healthier than many artificial dog treats. Since it contains around 92 percent water, this fruit is an excellent source of hydration and a refreshing snack on a summer day.

When is watermelon terrible for dogs?

Although this fruit is super delicious, and doggos enjoy it a lot, it should not be a large part of a pup’s diet. Eating excessive amounts of watermelon can lead to a tummy ache, diarrhea, or other stomach problems.

It is always better to give your pooch watermelon in a balanced diet to see how they react, especially if they haven’t tasted it before.

You can ask your nutritionist or veterinarian about the proper amount for your pup.

Natural Watermelon Only

Sweet foods or dog foods that contain watermelon or any artificially watermelon flavored ingredients are not suitable for dogs. They are usually filled with chemicals, sugar, or other things that can make your dog unwell.

Excessive sugar can lead to an upset stomach in the short term and obesity or diabetes in the future. Some artificial sweeteners can even be lethal for dogs, so it’s best to stick to the natural watermelon you prepare yourself.

How to serve watermelon to your dog:

Make sure you get rid of the rind or any seeds. Then slice them up into small, bite-sized cubes to make it easier for your pup to chew and prevent choking.

You can also mix watermelon with other healthy and safe ingredients like blueberries to make a fruit smoothie or salad for your pup.

Before you feed your watermelon to your pup or any other human food, you should consult your nutritionist or veterinarian about it. Follow the safety tips they give you before feeding your dog.

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