Can Dogs Eat Watermelon? I hope so because watermelon is actually my favorite fruit! However, neglecting my personal preference on the matter, dogs can eat watermelon.
Summer is a time of fresh and juicy fruit, but how can we manage with our four-legged friends? Imagine a summer vacation, you and your dog, enjoying some shade, eagerly watching you tear apart the sliced watermelon you brought from home. We know how greedy our puppies are, but what if they too want to bite a little piece?
True, you would gladly share anything with them, even a piece of red watermelon, but the problem is that you are not sure it is a safe fruit for canine consumption.
Watermelon is rich in nothing but water. This makes it the ideal fruit for re-hydration for both humans and dogs. (One of the reasons it’s a delicious fruit to eat in the summer). Watermelon is also low in calories, although the amount of natural sugar is a little higher than normal. The fruit also has a good level of vitamins A and C. (Not as much as pineapple, so there’s no danger your dog may actually be overloaded with vitamin C). Watermelon also contains essential minerals such as potassium and magnesium, each of which is required as an integral part of a healthy and balanced diet for your dog.
We’ve covered the fruit seed issue often on these articles, and the subject annoyingly infiltrates here too. Basically, many fruit seeds (in concentrated quantities) can be quite harmful to your dog. Like other seeds, watermelon seeds contain cyanide. (Otherwise known as cyanogenic glycosides, a harmful natural product that dogs cannot eat.) Just by eating a few watermelon seeds, your dog could get a stomach ache. Too many seeds at once, or prolonged feeding of them, will surely lead to serious stomach problems.
As long as the seeds, and for safety reasons the peel, is removed, your dog will certainly be able to enjoy his succulent watermelon. A fabulous summer treat.