Watermelon is a popular treat that people eat during the summer, but can dogs enjoy this fruit as well?
As you know, there are many foods that we humans can enjoy, but dogs can’t. This is why you need to make sure that you aren’t feeding your dog anything he can’t eat.
So, can dogs eat watermelon? Let’s find out!
Can My Dog Eat Watermelon?
Can dogs eat watermelon? Well, the answer isn’t so simple.
Watermelon flesh is not toxic for dogs to consume, but what you don’t want your dog to eat are the seeds or rind.
Why? Well, the rind can cause gastrointestinal upset and the seeds can cause intestinal blockage, which you don’t want your dog to have either.
What About Yellow Watermelon?
Yes, (according to Quality Dog Resources), dogs can also enjoy yellow watermelon.
Although similar to regular watermelon, yellow watermelon is different.
For instance, yellow watermelon contains beta-carotene, unlike red watermelon, which contains lycopene.
Yellow watermelon is slightly higher in calories, with 46 calories a cup compared to 36 in a regular watermelon.
Both fruits have a small amount of fiber and are mostly water, so it’s a great treat to give your dog on hot days.
Feeding Dogs Watermelon
Make sure to remove the seeds and rind because dogs cannot eat either of them.
Now it’s ready for your dog to eat, but if you want, you could cut the watermelon into bite-sized cubes, make a puree, or even make ice cream with it
Tip: Freeze some watermelon cubes to make a cool treat for your dog on hot, sunny days!
Watermelon contains vitamins A, C, B6, potassium, calcium, and even a small amount of fiber.
Watermelon also contains a high amount of sugar, but it shouldn’t hurt if your dog has some every once in a while.
Watermelon flesh is safe to consume; in fact, it even has vitamins in it.
Just remember that watermelon seeds and rind (unless you want your dog to have an intestinal blockage, of course
American Kennel Club (AKC)
Quality Dog Resources (QDR)