It’s a beautiful summer day, and your family is over for a picnic in the backyard. Some watermelon is cut up and served with lots of napkins and paper cups for seed spitting. Your four legged mooch, Anabelle, is sitting nicely by your 3-year old niece. The next thing you know, Annabelle’s face is dripping with pink sticky juice as your niece is feeding her watermelon slices. As you race over to their side of the table, two guilty faces look up, now what?
You are asking yourself “is it okay for dogs to eat watermelon?”
Short Answer – Yes, It’s perfectly fine for a dog to have watermelon, in moderation.
Dogs can eat this fruit and not have side effects if consumed in moderation. But, you shouldn’t feed your furry baby the rinds. The reason is that there could be pesticides on the outside of the melon if it weren’t grown organically. Pesticides aren’t something you want in your dog’s stomach because it could give her an upset stomach. The other problem is the seeds inside the watermelon. If your pet ingests too many seeds, then it can cause a blockage in the intestines, so remove all the seeds first.
When you do give Anabelle this yummy summer fruit, start her out slowly. Cut up the watermelon into small wedge shaped pieces about an inch long. Only give her one or two at first to see how she reacts to it. If she seems to be handling it pretty well, then you can give her a little more. But don’t give her more than about four pieces at one time.
What are the Health Benefits?
Not only does this nature’s fruit help to hydrate your canine companion, but it has other benefits too. Some of these benefits are:
What are some Adverse Side Effects?
Luckily for Anabelle, your niece’s parents had already taken the seeds out of the water melon. They had also cut it from the rind before giving it to your three-year-old niece. You had caught her feeding Annabelle on the second piece, so your pet was okay. But what could’ve happened if you hadn’t caught your niece and she fed Annabelle 7 or 8 pieces?
If you feed your dog too much watermelon, some of the effects which could show up are:
So, dogs can eat watermelon if it’s given in moderation. It shouldn’t be considered a main meal, but an occasional treat and not fed daily.
If you haven’t tried giving your canine companion watermelon as a treat, go ahead and try it. It’s a delicious and healthy treat to add to your dog’s diet.