How Much Watermelon Can A Dog Eat
You think you have it bad when the dog begs for a bite of your food. But, for me, it’s my dog who’s begging—and he wants watermelon. So can dogs eat watermelon? Yes, watermelon is safe for dogs! In fact, they are not just safe; they are good for your dog. Watermelons contain lots of vitamins and minerals that humans also need to stay healthy. However, there are some caveats: Watermelon seeds can pose a choking hazard and you shouldn’t overfeed your pup on any fruit or vegetable, including this one. Here is what you need to know about feeding your dog watermelon.
Watermelon is an excellent fruit for your dog.
Watermelon is a natural source of vitamin A and C, with one cup of watermelon packing about 10 percent of your dog’s daily needs for vitamin A. It’s also a great source of fiber, potassium and lycopene (an antioxidant that helps fight cancer).
It can be beneficial for your dog’s digestive tract when eaten in moderation—it contains citrulline which acts as an anti-inflammatory agent that helps improve blood circulation.
If your pup isn’t used to eating watermelon, start off small by giving him just a few bites at first.
How much can your dog eat?
The answer to the question of how much watermelon your dog can eat depends on a few things. The first is your dog’s size, as well as his activity level, age and overall health. If you have an extremely active or large dog, he may need more calories in order to maintain energy levels throughout the day. And if he’s older or has any health concerns that might limit his ability to consume it all at once (such as dental issues), you’ll want to split up your portions into smaller meals over the course of the day.
While there aren’t any hard-and-fast rules concerning what constitutes a healthy amount of watermelon for dogs—or humans—you should always keep in mind that too much sugar can be harmful for anyone; even if they don’t get sick from it immediately after eating too much fruit (or other sugary treats). In addition, dogs can also suffer from diarrhea when they eat too much melon due to its high fiber content which can cause them discomfort.
How do you pick a good watermelon?
As with most produce, it’s best to choose a watermelon that looks ripe enough to eat. A good way to gauge this is by looking for a bright red color and green stem on the underside of the melon.
The rind should feel firm and not soft or mushy in any way. Watermelons with cracks, bruises, or soft spots are best avoided as these can indicate that they are old or overripe.
A heavy watermelon may indicate ripeness but also excess moisture content which can lead to a higher chance of spoiling once cut open so keep an eye out for both qualities when shopping!
What are the health benefits of watermelon for my dog?
Watermelon is rich in antioxidants, potassium, vitamins C, B6, and A. It’s also packed with Lycopene and high fiber. In fact, the Watermelon Promotions Board, a department of the USDA, considers watermelon a superfood. Even though it’s 92% water, besides being a superb choice for hydration on a scorching day, the high nutritional value of watermelon makes it one of the best choices as a healthy snack for both you and your dog.
Let’s take a deeper dive into the health benefits of watermelon:
- Moisture: A high moisture percentage (94%) helps with hydration, an important consideration in hot weather.
- Antioxidants: Repairs cells damaged from environmental stresses put on our bodies and that of our dogs. Think of them as the oxidation soldiers seeking damaged cells and saving them from decay that breaks down our dogs’ bodies as they age.
- Lycopene: It’s what contributes to the beautiful red in watermelon and tomatoes. It’s also beneficial for cancer prevention and supporting vision in dogs. Research has also suggested it slows the rate of cancer growth.
- Potassium: Supports healthy kidney and heart function, promotes healthy bone density, regulates the fluid levels, and helps muscle development.
- Vitamin C: Another powerful antioxidant, boosts the immune system, and reduces inflammation.
- Fiber: Keeps food moving through the intestinal tract to avoid constipation, help resolve diarrhea, and avoid blockages.
- Vitamin A: Supports proper function and quality of skin, coat, muscles, and nerves.
- Vitamin B6: A critical coenzyme for brain and body functions regulating fluid balance, building proteins, regulating hormones, and supporting neurotransmitters in your dog’s body.
Are there any parts of a watermelon my dog CAN’T eat?
Watermelon is a tasty, moisture-laden fruit your dog will gobble up on hot days, but not all is as it seems with the watermelon. There are precautions you must take when offering this treat.
Watermelon seeds (the mature ones) aren’t safe for your dog. A couple of seeds accidentally swallowed will probably not cause harm, but if you let your dog munch away on a watermelon slice, they can ingest too many seeds. If that’s the case, the hard seeds may not slide through the dog’s digestive system causing an intestinal blockage. This is especially true for small dogs who have much smaller intestines than larger dogs. So removing the seeds and offering small chunks is the best way for your dog to enjoy this juicy fruit.
How to prepare watermelon for your dog.
- Cut the watermelon into small pieces.
- Feed your dog the watermelon.
- Make sure your dog drinks lots of water.
- Feed your dog watermelon in moderation, as it can cause diarrhea if eaten in large quantities.
When can dogs not eat watermelon?
So, now that we’ve covered the basic ins and outs of feeding watermelon to dogs, let’s get into some dos and don’ts.
- Don’t feed watermelon to dogs with a history of kidney problems or bladder stones. Watermelon is high in oxalates, which may contribute to these conditions if your dog already has them.
- Don’t feed watermelon to a dog with diabetes. Watermelons are sweet enough on their own without adding sugar or honey—which is fine for humans but not so much for dogs! The added sugar can cause their blood sugar levels to spike dangerously high and make them sick.
- If your dog suffers from pancreatitis (inflammation of the pancreas), don’t feed him any more than one small bite of watermelon per day until after his symptoms have gone away completely
Can dogs eat watermelon and how much can they eat? Yes, dogs can eat watermelon and lots of it. When preparing watermelon for your dog make sure to remove the seeds and rind first as these are not safe for them. If you’re concerned about choking hazards then check out our article on keeping dogs safe from choking.