Can Dogs Eat Watermelon?

Navigating the different foods that your dog can eat is sometimes a difficult task. Some of the foods that we eat and enjoy can be harmful to our pets. That's why it is important to do research before trying to feed your pet any new food items. 

Considering sharing some of your watermelon with your dog this summer? Here's what you need to know.

Is Watermelon Safe?

Yes, it is safe to feed your dog watermelon. Although, you should remove any seeds and the rind as well. Watermelon seeds can cause blockages in the intestines, and the rind can cause gastrointestinal upset (AKC.Org).

You should also keep in mind that watermelon is a treat and should only be fed to your dog in moderation. Treats should make up no more than 10% of your dog's overall daily caloric intake.

What Are the Health Benefits of Watermelon for Dogs?

Watermelon is a powerhouse when it comes to everything it has to offer. Let alone the great taste it has, it offers low calories and is packed with nutrients.

Watermelon has about 50 calories per cup and is comprised of 92% water. This makes the fruit great for hydration on hot summer days. It is also fat-free and cholesterol-free making it a guilt-free treat to feed. 

Watermelon is high in Vitamins A, B6, C, and Potassium which are all great for your dog's health. 

Best Ways to Feed Watermelon to Your Dog

Here are some of the best ways to feed watermelon to your dog:

  • Chunks - Slice it up while removing the rind and seeds.
  • Frozen Chunks - Freeze watermelon chunks for your dog to enjoy on a hot day.
  • Puree - Blend watermelon chunks up and freeze them in a cube tray.
  • Watermelon Ice Cream - Blend watermelon chunks with unsweetened yogurt and serve on top of their food bowl or in a Kong toy.

You should make sure that the yogurt doesn’t have any added flavors, sugars, natural sweeteners, or artificial flavors. Also, make sure that it doesn’t have the toxic Xylitol listed in the ingredients as well. 

If your dog suffers from lactose intolerance you can find a lactose-free option as well. Just make sure to check the label for any unsafe additives or ingredients.

How Much Watermelon Can Your Dog Eat?

These suggested guidelines from PetMD.Com make feeding your pet watermelon easy. We suggest following these recommendations.

  • Extra-small dog (2-20 lbs.) = 1-2 slices of watermelon
    Examples: Yorkies, Chihuahuas, Pomeranians, Pugs
  • Small dog (21-30 lbs.) = 2-3 slices of watermelon
    Examples: Basenjis, Beagles, Miniature Australian Shepherds
  • Medium dog (31-50 lbs.) = 5-6 slices of watermelon
    Examples: Basset Hounds, Border Collies, Australian Cattle Dogs
  • Large dog (51-90 lbs.) = handful of watermelon slices
    Examples: Pit Bulls, German Shepherds, Labrador Retrievers, Australian Shepherds
  • Extra-large dog (91+ lbs.) = large handful of watermelon slices
    Examples: Newfoundland, Bernese Mountain Dogs, St. Bernard's, Great Pyrenees

What if Your Dog Eats Too Much Watermelon?

Some signs to tell if your dog might have had too much watermelon include

  • Decreased appetite or loss of appetite
  • Fatigue
  • Acting depressed
  • Looking uncomfortable
  • Gulping or licking their lips, the air, or objects

If you notice any of these symptoms you should call your pet's vet. 

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