Can dogs eat watermelon?

Can dogs eat watermelon? - PracticalPaw.com

It’s summer, the temperature is rising, and your dog looks like he could do with a little something to help cool him down. Although there is quite a bit of fruit that you can give your dog safely, it is always wise to check first.

So can dogs eat watermelon? Yes! The humble watermelon is considered one of the fruits that it is safe to give your dog in moderation.

Watermelon is full of vitamins A, B6 and C as well as containing a good amount of potassium and magnesium. As watermelon is  92 per cent water so is a good way of keeping your dog hydrated and entertained at the same time.

Things to consider

As with any new food, especially fruit try your dog with a small amount first.  Dogs can have allergies just like us and some have sensitive tummies so it’s best to start slow.

For a medium size dog think about introducing 2 to 3 pieces of around 1 inch and then wait a couple of days and monitor your dogs reaction to it.

Despite Watermelon being 92 per cent water it is not calorie free so it’s important to adjust your dog’s overall food intake to allow for the extra calories.

Always wash the fruit thoroughly before giving it to your dog and if he doesn’t seem that keen, then you can always try adding mashed fruit to his usual dinner or try one of the recipes below.

Watermelon warnings

Even though watermelon is generally considered safe for your dog there are two limitations to that.

  1. Do not allow your dog to eat any seeds or pips

Not all seeds cause a problem. Watermelon seeds are not toxic in the same way as apple seeds, apricot pits, nectarine pits, plum pits, cherry pits and peach pits are but there is a chance that they will upset your dog and even worse, potentially cause a blockage in his intestinal tract. Remove the seeds and you have a safe fruit for your dog.

  1. Do not allow your dog to eat the rind

It may be tempting to let your dog have a chew on the rind, but the rind is not good for your dog. It can cause serious gastrointestinal upsets which will be uncomfortable and unpleasant for both you and your dog.

Can dogs eat watermelon

Yes! If you do want to treat your dog on a hot day then a small piece of watermelon could do just the job.  If you want to go a step further why not try these great recipes

Frosty Watermelon Dog Treat

Makes 30 treats

Ingredients:

2 cups seedless watermelon (pureed)

1 cup coconut water or milk

1 tablespoon honey (optional)

Directions:

  1. Scoop out watermelon – it must be seedless. Remove seeds if any, but save yourself the trouble and buy a seedless watermelon. Add to blender and puree until smooth.
  2. Add coconut water/milk (I used milk with the treats pictured here) and honey to blender and pureed watermelon. Blend well.
  3. Pour into ice cube trays and cover with plastic wrap or bag to avoid spillage. If you’re using hard plastic ice cube trays, you’re safe from most spillage. But if you’re like me and used silicone bone molds, you’ll need something flat to lay them on. If you don’t, you’re looking at a sticky mess on your floors and freezer. Before you pour, put the silicone mold on something flat that you can move to your freezer, like a cutting tray or a piece of cardboard. Instead of lifting and placing just the flexible silicone mold, you can pick up the stable surface area instead.
  4. Freeze overnight.
  5. To remove from tray, let sit on counter for a few minutes to loosen frozen treat Twist tray to remove treat from mold.

If you want to cram even more fruit in then try this one

Watermelon Banana Honey Popsicle

Ingredients

Chunks of Watermelon (small bowl ~15pieces)

1 Banana

1 Tsp of Honey

Directions

  1. Mix all the ingredients in a blender.
  2. Pour into an ice cube tray or mold.
  3. Freeze it for about 2 hours