Dogs can eat watermelon, according to the American Kennel Club. However, due to seeds and high sugar content, pet owners should use caution and moderation when feeding their pup this delicious summer treat.
How to feed your dog watermelon
Seedless, small pieces are the best way of feeding watermelon to your dog to prevent choking and other hazards.
- Remove the seeds and rind. Before offering watermelon to your dog, make sure to remove the seeds and the tough outer rind. The seeds can pose a choking hazard, especially for small dogs, and the rind is difficult to digest and may cause gastrointestinal issues.
- Serve in small, manageable pieces: Cut the watermelon into small, bite-sized pieces to prevent choking and make it easier for your dog to consume. AKC also recommends puree, ice cream, and other watermelon treats.
- Monitor for adverse reactions: Some dogs may have sensitivities or allergies to certain fruits. Introduce watermelon gradually and observe your dog for any signs of an upset stomach or digestive discomfort.
Is watermelon good for dogs?
Watermelon is good for dogs as an occasional treat. While it contains beneficial vitamins and minerals that are good for dogs, it is also high in natural sugars. Too much watermelon can lead to an upset stomach or diarrhea due to its high water and sugar content.
Overall, watermelon is also low in calories and fat, making it a healthy and refreshing treat for dogs, particularly during the hot summer months.
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