If you are a spoiling dog owner then you probably don’t restrict the amount of human food that you feed your dog. If you do so then you are definitely not on the right path as too much of human food can make your dog sick and even make them overweight.
However, there are few human foods that dogs can eat in moderation and it has proven that it won’t cause any problems. Dogs are always curious about what we eat and even we wish to share it with our lovable dog. But remember you must not feed him what you are eating because it won’t be healthy for your dogs.
I have been told from my childhood that if my dog eats watermelon, it would kill him. I use to wonder that ‘is it really a fact?’ It was like my granny’s words that she always use to tell me that if I eat a watermelon seed, it would grow a watermelon in my stomach.
Everyone loves watermelon and even dogs. But seeing that is safe for them to eat, many have doubts about it. So to clarify my doubt I have undergone some research on “Can Dogs Eat Watermelon? And here’s what I have found out.
The answer I found was “yes, dogs can eat watermelon”. but with few precautions. Let’s continue to know more and more about watermelon and the way to feed it to our dog. I also list down my favorite recipes that are made with watermelon which I prefer to feed my dog.
NUTRITIONAL FACTS OF WATERMELON
Watermelon is a healthy fruit. It consists of low calories and is packed with nutrients like vitamins A, B6, and C and also potassium.
According to the National Watermelon Promotion Board, the fruit contains a cup of 50 calories and 92 percent water. It is good for hydration on a sunny day. It doesn’t contain fat or cholesterol.
Watermelon is one of the best and even safest fruit for dogs. It is proven that any kind of melon is safe to feed your dogs but must eat in moderation.
I use to feed watermelon to my dog and yeah I forgot to tell his name. It’s “Biky”, a Dalmatian breed. I definitely avoid mixing watermelon with other fruits and feed my Biky because it might cause constipation to him.
IS IT SAFE TO FEED WATERMELON RIND?
As we all know that there are many parts in a watermelon, many are worried about giving it to the dog. Each will be in confusion whether to including the flesh, seeds, and rind. But unfortunately, they fail to choose which part of the watermelon is safe and which is not.
It is not a good idea to allow your dog to chew the rind because it can cause gastrointestinal upset. Avoid giving rinds so that it can protect your dog from digestive issues. Eating too much of rind will create a blockage, diarrhea.
IS IT SAFE TO FEED WATERMELON SEEDS?
Feeding watermelon seeds to you dogs could cause an intestinal blockage.
Make sure you remove them before feeding your dogs. Seedless melons are good to feed your dogs which were developed 50 years ago. They don’t have black and mature seed but you may see white seed coats and that is the seed which is not matured.
One or two seeds won’t matter when your dog swallows it but eating too many seeds could definitely create a blockage in the digestive system of your dog.
WHAT PART OF WATERMELON IS SAFE FOR THE DOG?
Feeding your dog with the flesh of watermelon can provide health benefits to your dog.
Watermelon contains 90% of water hence it can help your dog to stay hydrated especially on a sunny day. Being diuretic, watermelon will make your dog pee more. It is a healthy fruit with lots of vitamins like A, B6, and C, as well as potassium.
The flesh of watermelon contains fiber which helps to stop the sugar from having an overly unhealthy effect on your dog. The antioxidants in watermelon may decrease in inflammation.
HOW MUCH WATERMELON SAFE TO CONSUME?
Considering your dog’s size, one can feed the dog accordingly. My dog is 5 years old hence I feed him with 4 to 5 pieces of watermelon.
If your dog is a small dog, then probably you need to feed only small amounts. Feeding watermelon depends on the age and size of the dog.
3 WATERMELON RECIPES FOR DOGS
If you find that your dog seems uninterested in his usual food, then feed him with these watermelon recipes to see him happy.
1) Make frozen watermelon by mixing the watermelon with coconut water and liquid honey. Blend them all in a blender and then freeze it overnight keeping them in any shape of the mold. Feed your dog and I promise he will definitely enjoy it.
2) Mix the blended pure watermelon with one tablespoon of yogurt to each mold in which you pour the watermelon juice. Now freeze them and serve chill in hot days to your dogs.
3) Chunk watermelon, banana, and honey. Pour it in ice cube tray or mold. Freeze it for more than five hours. Try this refreshing recipe which I prefer to my Biky and we enjoy our weekend with this recipe.
Try these recipes for your dogs, it will definitely refresh your dogs and it will also be healthy food. Enjoy the lovable moment with your dearest pet.
If you are still wondering – can dogs eat watermelon, the answer is yes. Well, this doesn’t mean you can start feeding only watermelon to your dog. You can give him this occasionally, mostly in hot days.
Try to avoid giving a lot of watermelon to your dog because it might end up with sick to your lovable dog.
Remember that you must definitely get the guidance of veterinarian first if you have any doubts about feeding watermelon to your dog. Have fun with your pooch. Avoid too much human food to keep your dog healthy and happy.