Watermelon is a wonderfully refreshing treat for us humans, it’s the perfect snack for chopping into wedges, chilling in the fridge and enjoying throughout warmer summer days, but are our dogs allowed to enjoy the juicy, colourful fruit too? Read this guide to find out all about whether dogs can eat watermelon and if there are any nutritional benefits!
Can dogs eat watermelon?
Yes, dogs can eat watermelon! There are a few precautions you’ll need to take though, such as removing the large seeds as these can cause an intestinal blockage if too many are consumed, particularly if your dog is a smaller breed. Another thing to be aware of with watermelon is the rind, as this can cause gastrointestinal upset. Watermelon is also high in sugar, like many fruits, which means it should not be fed too regularly or it can contribute to the risk of obesity and diabetes. If you’re in doubt about your dog chomping on watermelon, always ask for your vet’s advice.
Is watermelon good for dogs?
If you’re wondering if watermelon is good for dogs, the answer isn’t simple! These deliciously juicy fruits are 92% water, so they’re great for a hydrating snack, particularly on warmer summer days. It’s much better than giving your dog an ice cream, which can cause stomach upsets from the milk.
What’s more, watermelons are also low in calories and salts (sodium) and are fat free, making them a relatively healthy dog treat. However, watermelon should only be fed on the odd occasion, rather than as a regular part of your dog’s daily diet. They do contain sugar, which can lead to health problems if fed in excess.
Another key thing to note is that, although watermelons are packed full of nutrients, these are all things your dog will get from a complete and balanced diet. This means that there’s no need to add watermelon in as a regular addition. Only ever give in moderation – remember that there is too much of a good thing and overfeeding with fruits like watermelon could cause gastrointestinal upset.
Never give your dog watermelon flavoured sweets, drinks or lollies either, these are packed full of sugar, sweeteners and additives which can be dangerous for your pet’s health.
How to feed watermelon to dogs
We recommend only giving your dog fresh watermelon. Before offering the fruit to your dog, be sure to remove all of the seeds and rind, then cut the flesh up into small, bitesize cubes. When you give the piece to your dog, let them investigate it with their nose and tongue, many dogs don’t enjoy the taste of fruits so don’t be surprised if they either refuse to take it or spit it back out!
Alternatively, you can purchase seedless watermelon varieties which can be a good choice for dogs. However, the rind will still need removing, and the fruit should also be chopped into chunks.