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You’ll be happy to hear that watermelon makes for an excellent treat for your dog.
It’s not only nutritious, but also hydrating and low in calories.
While dogs generally do not handle fruits as well as humans, if you go easy, this juicy melon can be digested without incident and even be beneficial.
A few slices of watermelon is actually a great way to cool down your canine—what a great thirst quencher in the summer time!
Just be sure to remove any seeds and don’t overdo it.
Your Dog Can Eat Seedless Watermelon (in moderation)
Kudos for thinking of this terrific tactical treat!
Now, let’s get into the juicy details…
Regarding Seeds And Rinds
Remove the seeds whenever feeding your dog watermelon or cantaloupe.
This is important because your buddy will be less likely to get an upset stomach.
Honestly, the seeds do not pose as much of a problem as other fruit pits. Remove them anyway.
Simplify, as much as possible, everything your dog gets to eat.
Regarding watermelon rinds, we do not recommend this part of the fruit.
Similar to cucumbers, the rind is not nearly as nutritious as the juicy red center. It also can’t hydrate.
It’s Healthy For Hounds Too
Watermelon packs plenty of beta-carotene, magnesium, vitamin A, potassium and vitamin C.
These attributes are good for dogs too, particularly for their immune system.
By the way, watermelon is mostly water. That makes it a light treat.
No doubt, this fruit is healthy for your dog.
That’s not all. It is also very useful…
Watermelon Can Hydrate
Some argue that watermelon is slightly diuretic and can’t hydrate a dog.
We totally disagree because it’s made up of 91% H2O! A dog will be better hydrated after eating their fair share of watermelon.
There is, however, a valid argument to be reasonable with this fruit.
A Dog Digestion Dilemma
You obviously don’t want your dog to have irregular bowel movements.
So, this must be said:
Too much watermelon can contribute to a bout of diarrhea.
And melons, in general, may not sit well with your dog’s digestive system. That wouldn’t be a surprise.
Here is the simple solution…
Moderation Really is a Must
Limit how much watermelon your dog gets to eat.
Skip it all together if you notice a pattern of the squirts or loose stools.
This is why giving only a few slices your best bet.
That’s not all…
Dogs that eat watermelon may experience increased urination.
More importantly, doggie diarrhea means replenishment of water is likely needed.
Feeding Fruits in General
We aren’t against small servings of fruits, but some are seriously off limits to dogs.
Grapes are one example of the potential dangers.
Even with watermelon you should ration for your dog because, again, too much can cause canine complications. Don’t get carried away.
The Bottom Line
Dogs can be fed watermelon. It’s a wonderful low-calorie treat.
The only downside to this fruit is that sometimes diarrhea occurs.
Go easy with portions!
Give your dog small amounts of seedless, rindless watermelon for an uneventful yet enjoyable experience.