Nothing is more refreshing than eating a cold and sweet watermelon in the summer heat. But you may be wondering whether you can share this experience with your pup too.
The answer to the question of can a dog eat watermelon is “yes.”
But keep in mind the following before feeding your pup with mouthwatering watermelon:
- Always remove the seeds and rinds from watermelons or other fruits before feeding them to your dog because they can cause blockage in the stomach and digestive issues if chewed.
- Do not feed your dog with watermelon as the main course, as too much watermelon can cause stomach upsets, so only give some watermelon to your pup on occasion as a treat.
- Only feed your pup with natural watermelon, rather than giving it products that claim to contain watermelon or are watermelon flavored.
Can Dogs Eat Watermelon, And How Is It Food Dor Canines?
- Watermelon contains healthy quantities of vitamins A, B6, and C, as well as potassium.
- The fruit contains a mere 50 kcal per cup and is made up of 92% water, making it a suitable treatment for pups with weight issues, and a refreshing and hydrating treat in the summer.
- Watermelon does not contain fat or cholesterol.
- While watermelon does contain sugar, it also has fiber which helps insulate the sugar and prevents its quick release into the bloodstream
- Watermelon is an excellent source of the antioxidant lycopene, which helps prevent the development of cancer
Other Interesting Facts About Watermelons
Here are some interesting facts and figures about watermelons, according to the National Watermelon Promotion Board (NWPB):
- An average watermelon weighing 15-20 lbs. can produce about 11 cups of cubes or 90 6-oz wedges
- Watermelons with internal cracks are known as Hollow Heart and are safe to eat. The cracks in the flesh are due to the fluctuations in the temperature while the fruit is still growing
- A watermelon will grow from seed to ripe fruit for three months
- The seedless watermelons were first developed more than 50 years ago
- The Latin name for watermelon is Citrullus Lanatus
- The watermelon is in a botanical family related to the pumpkins, squash, and cucumbers
- Watermelons can be carved just like pumpkins, thanks to the many patterns available
Other healthy natural treats you can safely give your dogs include carrots, apples, and more, but remember that not all veggies are safe for dogs to eat.