Watermelon is one of the most popular sweet, juicy summer treats we enjoy year after year, eating it in abundance to beat the heat. Cantaloupe and Honeydew of course are just as popular.
But is watermelon good for dogs? Yes! Watermelon is actually packed with nutrition your dog can use, and they’ll love the sweet, refreshing flavor.
However, there are a few things to keep in mind when it comes to giving your dog watermelon.
Beware of the seeds!
The seeds of a watermelon can be considered somewhat ‘poisonous’ to dogs, and can actually upset their digestive system. Go with seedless watermelon, or remove the seeds yourself before offering them to your four-legged friend. It’s also not a good idea to allow your dog to chew on the rind of the watermelon, because it can cause gastrointestinal issues. The best thing you can do is slice up a few pieces of seedless watermelon and offer the flesh to your dog.
Nutritionally, watermelon offers Vitamin A, B, and C, and is packed with potassium – all things your dog needs, and will love! Plus, it’s low in calories, and a great way to cool off and stay hydrated during hot weather – especially if it’s chilled!
If watermelon is one of your dog’s favorite summer treats, let us know by leaving a comment below! We have a feeling we’d never win in a watermelon eating contest if our dogs were involved. If you’re looking for more refreshing and tasty fruits to offer your dogs, or other healthy, safe snacks, check out our post on honeydew melon, or cantaloupe, and you and your favorite furry friend can enjoy healthy, delicious fruits together all season long.