Most people spend summer days feasting on the bounty of fruits and veggies that are in season- and one of the favorites is watermelon. There’s nothing better than having a slice of this sweet, juicy fruit on a hot summer day, but should you share it with your four-legged bestie? Can dogs eat watermelon, or is it best to avoid giving them this fruit?
The short answer is yes; dogs can eat watermelon. Of course, you shouldn’t just give them a wedge and call it a day- there are, after all, some precautions you need to take before giving your dog watermelon. When served properly, watermelon is, like all dog-friendly fruits, a fabulous healthy treat. Packed with vitamin and nutrients and high in fiber, watermelon is low in calories- a winning combination. This means that, given occasionally, this yummy fruit can be a perfect alternative to calorie dense store-bought dog treats. Ideal for dogs who are trying to get that bikini bod on fleek… or, you know, just want to keep it healthy!
Read on to find out more about can dogs eat watermelon with or without seeds and rinds, how to properly give your pooch this fruit, and, most importantly, if feeding them watermelon has any benefits- besides being incredibly delicious.
Can Dogs Eat Watermelon? Are There Any Benefits?
Fortunately for pooches, watermelon is on the list of dog-safe fruits. The only real question is can dogs eat watermelon without completely pigging out, and I believe you already know the answer to that one. Since dogs are not picky when it comes to eating, (in fact, they’d actually benefit from being choosier about their foods), it’s up to you to serve them the right amount of the fruit and in an appropriate form.
When it comes to watermelon, this means adequately cleaned of seeds, without rinds and in serving that is appropriate for your dog’s size. Small dogs shouldn’t have more than an equivalent of one slice, while bigger dogs can indulge in a bit more of this fruit- in any case, you shouldn’t let them have too much. Even if it doesn’t upset their stomach, you’ll have to take them out to pee every half an hour!
Apart from being delicious, watermelon is also beneficial for your pet’s health. Watermelon is vitamins A, B6, and C, and potassium. These vitamins and minerals support your pet’s immune system and make sure their health stays in top shape (of course, combined with a well-balanced, healthy diet). In addition to these essential nutrients, watermelon has an incredibly high water content (92 percent), and it will help your pet stay hydrated and refresh them during summer heats.
Additionally, if you have a pet that’s obese but you’d still want to give them a treat from time to time, fruits, (especially watermelon) are an excellent choice! This mouthwatering treat is also low in calories, and it won’t be tipping your pet’s scales anytime soon, so reward your pet with some yummy, fresh watermelon.
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