Dogs can eat watermelon in limited portions and be just fine. Just don’t feed your dog the watermelon rinds or the seeds as that may cause digestive issues. Watermelon also is loaded with sugar so feeding it to your dog in moderation is best.
As a pet parent, you want to treat your dog while providing them with good and nutritious foods. Are watermelons safe for dogs? What happens if they eat watermelon seeds?
Keep reading to learn what you need to know about dogs and eating watermelon. You do need to make sure you take a few precautions before feeding them watermelon.
What Parts of the Watermelon Are Safe For Dogs to Eat?
Everyone loves to eat watermelon on a hot summer day, even our dogs! There are even many health benefits of feeding some watermelon to your dog on occasion.
Watermelon is not only a safe fruit for dogs, but it contains vitamins A and C, vitamin b6, and contains a high fiber content.
It also contains significant amounts of water which is essential for a healthy dog.
Small pieces of watermelon are a healthy treat, but when choosing a watermelon, seedless watermelons are the best option for dogs.
Eating even a small number of watermelon seeds could pose a threat of gastrointestinal blockage or upset your dog’s digestive system.
Watermelon also has an additional benefit to it. It’s sweet and delicious without any artificial sweeteners, which can pose a huge threat to your dog’s health.
Parts of the Watermelon Not Safe For a Dog to Eat
One important thing to keep in mind if you choose to feed your dog watermelon is that there are a few parts of the watermelon that could potentially cause your dog harm.
The watermelon rind can upset your dog’s digestive tract if you feed too much of it to them. It is a good idea to entirely steer clear of the rind and avoid including it at all in your dog’s diet.
The seeds of the watermelon can potentially cause impaction/ blockage or other stomach problems.
How to Feed Watermelon to Your Dog
Whenever you are introducing a new food or human food into your dog’s diet you need to make sure you do so very slowly.
Too much watermelon can cause abdominal pain if they are not used to eating it.
The American Kennel Club Suggests
“Just like any treat, given to your dog in addition to their regular, balanced diet, Watermelon should be fed in moderation.”
Best Ways to Feed a Dog Watermelon
- Cut up the meat of the melon into small, bite-sized pieces that are easy for your dog to eat.
- You can also freeze these bite-sized pieces and feed them to your dog in the summer.
- You can mash up or puree the meat of the melon and feed it to your dog.
- Freezing the watermelon puree can also make a tasty type of ice cream.
NOTE: Remember to only feed the meat of the melon to your dog and not the rind or seeds.
Eating the Seeds Can Cause an Intestinal Blockage
Even though watermelon is a healthy snack our furry friends can experience blockage if they accidentally eat seeds.
This is not always the case, but knowing the signs and symptoms can save your dog’s life.
Signs Your Dog May Have an Intestinal Blockage
Listed below are some of the signs you need to be on the lookout for in your dog.
Symptoms of an intestinal blockage:
- Sick to their stomach which may include diarrhea and vomiting.
- Not wanting to eat or drink could be a sign of intestinal blockage.
- Does your dog seem weak and lethargic?
- Does your dog look sad? They may be sick.
- Trying to go to the bathroom but unable. Straining while trying to defecate.
- If you touch your dog’s belly do they cry out in pain or react strangely?
- Crying out or whelping and whimpering.
- Does your dog have a bloated-looking stomach area?
- Your dog may suffer from dehydration when they have an intestinal blockage.
NOTE: If you suspect your dog has an intestinal blockage you need to take your dog to the vet or call them immediately, this could be a medical emergency.
What Dogs Are Most At Risk of Suffering From an Intestinal Blockage?
Is watermelon bad for my dog’s teeth?
The short answer is that it could be. But many people don’t know that watermelon can also act as a natural toothbrush in a sense for your dog’s teeth due to its slightly gritty texture.
Watermelon does have a lot of sugar in it so that would not be good for their teeth if you give them too much. Also, try to get them to drink some plain water after eating watermelon treats.
How much sugar is in one slice of watermelon?
Watermelon is composed of 92 percent water, and 1-2% protein, and each watermelon slice contains nearly 17 grams of sugar per slice.
This juicy fruit has a lot of good qualities, including vitamins and amino acids, but dog owners need to be aware of the amount of sugar their dog is consuming.
These nutritional benefits have also proven to aid in your dog’s immune system health.
What about watermelon jerky or commercial watermelon treats?
The good thing about watermelon is that there are many creative ways to feed it to your dog. In recent years there have been multiple “dog watermelon treats” put on the market.
Fresh watermelon will more than likely always be the healthiest option, but commercial products are perfectly fine to feed your dog.
What are some other fruits that are safe for dogs to eat?
Here is a short list of five other fruits that your dog can feast on:
Apples: As with watermelon, make sure to remove the seeds and the core before you give them to your dog. The seeds and core can contain things you don’t want your dog to eat.
A great idea is to slice the apples while removing the seeds for a quick healthy treat.
Blueberries: Many humans like that blueberries contain antioxidants. These antioxidants are good for your dog as well. Blueberries can make a quick tasty, nutritious snack for your pup.
Bananas: Bananas are high in potassium which can create a great source of quick energy for your dog.
Same as with watermelon, make sure to only give bananas to your dog in moderation because they have a high amount of sugar in them.
Strawberries: Everyone loves strawberries and so will your dog. They are loaded with beneficial vitamins and lots of antioxidants just like blueberries.
Remember, to only feed your dog strawberries in moderate amounts and as a treat. Be sure to remove the leaves first.
Pineapple: This is a little different and probably not a fruit you thought of but, yes, pineapples can be a good treat for your dog!
Make sure to cut off the tough outer skin and don’t feed them the core of the pineapple (same as with apples). Cut up the meat into small bite-sized chunks that are easy for them to eat.
NOTE: Always give new foods to your dog in small, gradual amounts. This will help make sure your dog doesn’t have any bad reactions.
Short Story About My Dog and Watermelon
One of my favorite things to give my dog in the summer is watermelon! I know I can’t wait for watermelon season to come around each summer and now my dog is the same way!
When I get home from the grocery store he actually ‘sees’ I have a watermelon and gets all excited just by the sight of it! Yes, that sounds crazy but true!
Having a cookout on the back porch with some burgers and watermelon as dessert has become a family summer tradition for my whole family including my precious dog!
You could start a summer tradition for you and your dog in the same way. Who would have guessed that watermelon could bring the family closer together including with our dog?
Watermelon Can Be a Safe and Tasty Treat For Your Dog
Thankfully both you and your dogs can enjoy watermelon together. With a few precautions, there are numerous health benefits for your pup.