Cantaloupe is popular in the summer and your dog knows it! They see this juicy melon and, of course, they also want a taste. Sharing with a best bud seems harmless and even healthy.
It’s true cantaloupe isn’t harmful for dogs. This fruit, however, may not agree with their stomach. If your pet can partake, this melon has anti-inflammatory qualities and many other benefits.
Start by serving a small amount of cantaloupe. See if your dog can tolerate it. Let’s look at nutritional facts and other considerations relevant to this fruit as it applies to canines.
Can I Give My Dog Cantaloupe? Answer: Yes, in moderation
It makes for a refreshing and healthy treat, assuming it doesn’t cause diarrhea.
We’ve found a consistently great way to incorporate quality fruity dog treats in our household. Many fruits, including cantaloupe, can be fed to dogs but they shouldn’t be a mainstay of their diet. It has a lot of sugar and lacks protein. This melon is a healthy treat to give to your dog, tactfully. Sliced cantaloupe or watermelon are good for sharing when the weather’s hot!
Due to the high sugar content, it’s best to avoid giving cantaloupe to diabetic dogs.
The Cantaloupe’s Nutrition
Though your dog’s digestive tract is faster than that of a human, they can also absorb some of nature’s gifts delivered in the form of a tasty cantaloupe.
This orange-colored melon fruit contains high levels vitamin C, vitamin A and beta-Carotene which may be good for eyesight. It’s also a great source of potassium, fiber and folic acid.
Your buddy likely gets sufficient levels of these vitamins from their dog food. Canines produce their own vitamin C under normal circumstances. That doesn’t mean cantaloupe can’t be healthy and enjoyable for dogs.
Antioxidants & Older Dogs
If your dog is getting up in years, cantaloupe makes sense. It has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Some older dogs may not produce enough vitamin C which contributes to poor health.
Cantaloupe, in this sense, can be a great food supplement. It’s difficult to know if your dog actually needs the extra vitamins. If they can handle this fruit, also known as Cucumis melo, it can be beneficial.
How to Serve This Melon
There are a few helpful tips to know when sharing cantaloupe or muskmelon. For one, don’t let your dog eat or lick the outside surface.
It’s known to carry potentially harmful bacteria such as Salmonella. So, discard the outside layer as well as the seeds. They can also be tough on your dog’s stomach.
A normal serving size for dogs is two slices. It depends on your canine’s size. Start out with a small 1 or 2 inch wedge. See how they take to it.
Check out how this Shar-Pei handles some!
Conclusion on Cantaloupe
You can feed your dog cantaloupe. It’s healthy, though animals don’t require fruits like people do. Older dogs, lacking in vitamin C, may benefit from cantaloupe. It contains important vitamins. Observe your buddy, especially when feeding cantaloupe the first time. Dogs are known to react to fruits with diarrhea.