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Are Watermelons Good For Dogs? Nutrition Facts You Need To Know!

As the temperature rises and your dog begins to pant, you may search for a treat that will calm you both down. If you are enjoying a delicious watermelon, your dog may urge you for a bite.

It's OK to provide one. Dogs may safely consume watermelon as long as they consume the fleshy portion of the fruit in moderation. In fact, if it is prepared properly, it may be a nutritious snack for your dog.

Continue to read "Are Watermelons Good For Dogs? Nutrition Facts You Need To Know!" by BestForPets (bestforpets.org) for additional nutritional information you may want to know before introducing watermelon to your dog's diet.

Why Do Dogs Love Watermelon?

Your dog is likely eager to consume watermelon for the same reasons as you. It is very sweet, juicy, and refreshing throughout the summer. Watermelon is a healthy option for dogs, despite the fact that they don’t often gravitate toward nutritious foods.

Due to its high water content, fiber content, and vitamin density, watermelon is regarded as a superfood for both people and canines. It is rich in vitamins A, B6, and C, as well as potassium, contains nearly no fat or cholesterol, and is 92% water. And while it does contain a fair bit of sugar, it is not enough to cause worry in little quantities.

All of this indicates that watermelon is a pleasant and healthy treat for your dog, and can even aid with rehydration. Nonetheless, some measures must be taken before feeding this fruit to your animal pet.

Can Dogs Eat Watermelon Rinds?

Be certain your dog does not consume watermelon rind. It is unsafe for dog to ingest, since it poses a severe choking danger and intestinal obstruction risks. Consult a veterinarian immediately if your dog has ingested watermelon rind.

Can Dogs Eat Watermelon Seeds?

Before giving your dog any watermelon, remove the rind and seeds. While these black seeds contain cyanide, it is doubtful that a dog could consume enough to be poisoned. Moreover, the seeds may pose a choking danger.

Despite their name, seedless watermelons can contain tiny, white seeds. And while they are unlikely to provide choking concerns, they may upset your dog’s stomach. So, it is best to eliminate them as well.

Contact your veterinarian if your dog has ingested any seeds.

How Much Watermelon Should I Serve My Dog?

Like with any pet treats, watermelon should be given to your dog in moderation. Dog treats should account for no more than 10% of your dog’s daily caloric intake, with the remainder coming from a balanced diet of dog food.

Here are some ideas and safety precautions for giving your dog watermelon:

  • Remove each and every seed from the watermelon.
  • Avoiding the rind, cut the meat into little pieces or use a melon baller.
  • After removing the seeds and rind, freeze the watermelon pieces to create a frozen treat for both of you.
  • Feed your dog just fresh watermelon and no watermelon-flavored goods with artificial flavors.
  • As long as you follow these recommendations, feeding your panting dog watermelon is safe, nutritious, and pleasant!

Conclusion

In the conclusion of “Are Watermelons Good For Dogs? Nutrition Facts You Need To Know!” by BestForPets (bestforpets.org), dogs may safely consume watermelon in moderation.

The seeds and rinds will need to be removed, but if you take the required measures, you’re free to share some of this delicious melon with your dog next time you’re on a picnic or looking for a refreshing snack.

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Dr. Deborah Fletcher

Deborah R. Fletcher, DVM, is a skilled veterinarian with more than 15 years of experience dealing with companion and exotic animals. She has experience caring for a variety of animals, including household cats and dogs, reptiles, birds of prey, and even primates. Dr. Fletcher is a valuable part of the BestForPets team, where she contributes to their aim of providing pets and their owners with the finest possible treatment and services.

Veterinarian (DVM) Dr. Deborah Fletcher

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