Have you ever wondered if it was safe to give your dog a small bite of watermelon? It’s often tempting to want to offer your dog a small piece of what you’re eating, but it’s important to first make sure that the food you want to give him is safe for your pup. Certain fruits like grapes, raisins or grapefruit can be extremely harmful to your dog. In this article, we’ll cover everything you need to know about feeding your dog watermelon.
Will watermelon hurt a dog?
Most healthy dogs can safely eat a small piece of watermelon as a treat. It is important to only feed seedless watermelon and never give watermelon rind to your dog. Watermelon seeds and rind are indigestible and can cause stomach upset or bowel obstruction if ingested in large amounts. If your dog is diabetic, on a special diet, or has another underlying medical condition, I recommend talking to your veterinarian before giving watermelon to your dog.
Can watermelon give a dog diarrhea?
Any new food or treat has the potential to give your dog diarrhea or an upset stomach. Watermelon, in particular, can give your dog diarrhea if you feed too much of it. You might consider starting with a very small piece of watermelon to see how your dog handles it. If he hasn’t developed diarrhea in the next 24 hours, it’s probably safe to give him 3 or 4 small pieces of watermelon as an occasional treat.
Is watermelon good for dogs?
Watermelon is considered a healthy treat for dogs if eaten in moderation. Watermelon contains very few calories and watermelon is 92% water. This healthy fruit is packed with beneficial nutrients and is an excellent source of vitamin A, potassium, and vitamin C. Additionally, watermelon contains fiber which can be an important nutrient for healthy digestion.
Although watermelon is generally considered healthy, it contains a lot of sugar so should always be eaten in moderation. Excessive and prolonged consumption of sugar is unhealthy for dogs, even in the form of healthy fruits.
How many watermelons can a dog eat?
The amount of watermelon your dog can safely eat depends on the size of your dog. Calories from treats should be no more than 10% of your dog’s total daily calorie consumption. For example, if your dog normally eats 500 calories a day, he should get no more than 50 calories of treats per day.
A cup of watermelon contains around 50 calories. For small dogs, I would give no more than 2-3 small 1 inch pieces of watermelon. For larger dogs, you could probably give 7 or 8 small 1 inch pieces of watermelon. Too much watermelon can cause your pet an upset stomach, so it’s a good idea to only give watermelon as a treat in moderation.
Can Dogs Eat Watermelon Every Day?
If you plan to feed your watermelon daily, I recommend speaking with your veterinarian first. Because watermelon is high in sugar, I personally don’t recommend giving watermelon to your dog every day. Feeding high-sugar treats every day can lead to weight gain and increase the risk of developing medical conditions such as diabetes.
Can puppies eat watermelon?
It is generally safe for most puppies to eat a small piece of watermelon. Cut the watermelon into small pieces removing the skin and seeds before giving it to your pup. Watermelon should only be given as an occasional snack. The majority of your pup’s calories should come from puppy food. Although watermelon is considered a healthy, low-calorie treat, it is also high in sugar, so the majority of your pup’s food intake should come from high-quality food. dog food.
Can dogs eat watermelon rind?
It is not safe for dogs to eat watermelon rind. Because the bark is not digestible, your dog may develop an intestinal obstruction or blockage. Additionally, your dog may experience stomach upset including vomiting and diarrhea from ingesting watermelon rind.
If your pet has ingested watermelon rind, I recommend speaking with your veterinarian as soon as possible. Signs of a bowel obstruction include:
- Diarrhea or straining to defecate
- Pain in the belly
- lack of appetite
Can Dogs Eat Watermelon Seeds?
Watermelon seeds are also indigestible. Always feed seedless watermelon or remove the seeds before giving the watermelon to your dog. If your dog eats watermelon seeds, he might develop an upset stomach. If a dog ingests a large number of watermelon seeds, it may cause a intestinal blockage which can be life-threatening if left untreated.
In general, watermelon is safe to feed most dogs. If your dog has diabetes or other underlying health conditions, I would speak with your veterinarian before giving watermelon to your pet. Because it’s so low in calories and packed with beneficial nutrients, watermelon is generally considered a safe and healthy treat for dogs. If you give watermelon to your dog, feed only a few small pieces of watermelon flesh and always remove the seeds and rind before giving it to your dog.
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