A luscious slice of watermelon is nothing but delightful on a hot summer day. However, while enjoying their favorite summer fruit, pet owners may question if it's okay to feed some to their four-legged companion.
In most cases, the answer is yes. Watermelon is not only healthy for your dog, but it also contains 92 percent water, making it a terrific way to keep both you and your dog hydrated this summer. Even better, watermelon is high in vitamins and minerals that are good for everyone's health, whether they have two or four legs.
Health Benefits of Watermelon
Citrullus lanatus is the scientific name for watermelon. It's not only tasty, but it's also high in minerals including A and C, as well as potassium. It's also a low-calorie fruit that's fat-free and cholesterol-free. Because of its high water content, watermelon is an excellent treat for keeping your pet hydrated on hot summer days.
The high vitamin A concentration of watermelon can aid in the improvement and maintenance of your dog's vision. It's also high in antioxidants, which can help your dog's immune system fight disease by reducing inflammation and strengthening his immune system. In humans, the fruit has been related to controlling blood pressure and enhancing muscular function, as well as avoiding heart disease in rats.
While the high fiber content of watermelon might create gastrointestinal issues in dogs (and people), a research on mice found that when given in moderation, the low-calorie treat can help regulate weight and enhance colon health. Seedless watermelon, like other fruits, contains natural sugar, but because of its fiber content, it releases slowly into the bloodstream, preventing a blood sugar surge in your cat.
Potential Health Concerns
While the watermelon's pink flesh is suitable for dogs, pet owners should be aware that the seeds should be removed before giving it to Rover, as they might create an intestinal obstruction. If you miss a few little seeds, don't panic; however, allowing your dog to eat too many seeds might produce a clog in their digestive track, which can lead to more serious difficulties.
It's also not a good idea to let your dog nibble on the rind of a watermelon. When consumed in big chunks, the rind is difficult for your dog to chew and digest, and it can cause digestive problems ranging from diarrhea to major intestinal obstructions. It can also be a choking threat, especially if your dog is little. If your dog has eaten watermelon rind and is experiencing symptoms such as vomiting, constipation, or lethargy, get veterinarian help right once.
It's always a good idea to check with your veterinarian before giving your dog watermelon, as it is with other "human" foods, and moderation is key—especially if you don't sure how your dog will respond to the fibrous fruit. Watermelon, like many fruits, including cantaloupe, can cause digestive issues such as diarrhea in your dog if consumed in excess. Keep in mind your dog's size; the smaller the dog, the less watermelon it should eat. It's also conceivable that your pet is to watermelon, but this is uncommon.
Other Ways to Feed Watermelon to Your Dog
If you find that Fido adores watermelon, there are a variety of alternative methods to include it in the diet as a special treat. Frozen watermelon treats can help you and your pet avoid the summer heat by mixing (seedless) watermelon flesh with coconut milk, yogurt, or water, then freezing the cubes. Just make sure you choose low-fat or nonfat yogurt, and watch out for sugar (sugar substitutes like xylitol are very hazardous to dogs) and other additives—you'll also want to give these treats in moderation if your dog is allergic to dairy.
If you have a food dehydrator, you may also make chewy snacks out of the watermelon (although your pooch will miss out on the hydrating benefits). On a hot summer day, just slice up some fresh watermelon (bite-sized slices are great) to offer your dog a refreshing treat.