When summer is in full swing, it may be quite tempting to give dogs some watermelon, but can dogs eat watermelon or can watermelon be harmful for dogs? This is a good question considering that there are many human foods that may not be appropriate for dogs, and in some cases, they may be even toxic. Let's face it though, everybody seems to like watermelon, and it's no surprise if your dogs make a bee-line in hopes of getting a piece of this succulent, refreshing fruit. So should we give into our dog's pleading eyes, asking just for a little piece of watermelon? Let's see what the experts say.
Can I give My Dog Watermelon?
The answer is yes, but as with everything, give your dog watermelon in moderation and be careful to follow important guidelines.
Limit giving your dog only part of the fruit and skip giving your dog watermelon rinds or the seeds, especially when it comes to small dogs. Why are watermelon seeds possibly bad for dogs? While just one seed in a small dog will likely be metabolized by the dog's strong stomach acid, ingesting too many watermelon seeds may cause a blockage in a teeny dog.
As always, there are risks for a bit of an upset stomach in dogs when they are eating something new, and one must remember that in small dogs a little bit goes a long way.According to veterinarian Dr. Gary, owners of dogs who ate a lot of watermelon may expect a little diarrhea or mild GI upset.
Now to the good stuff! The best part of giving watermelon for dogs is that is quite refreshing when dogs are feeling hot and they are thirsty. Consider that watermelon is about 92 percent water, so it sure can be quite a retreat for dogs on those "dog days of summer!"
Can Dogs Eat Watermelon Rinds?
It may seem like a pity to toss watermelon rinds when there is still some tasty watermelon fruit attached. The main problem with watermelon rinds is the fact that some dogs may not chew them thoroughly enough and this may lead to possible intestinal blockage, further explains Dr. Gary.
While it might not necessarily be a problem with a large dog, in a small dog who doesn't chew the watermelon rind well, it can cause a blockage in the intestinal tract. Ingesting too many seeds may also be a problem, especially for small dogs who may also have a hard time passing them.
See your vet if your dog eats watermelon and starts vomiting, acting lethargic or having a hard time passing stools and seems to be having abdominal pain. These may be signs of a dog intestinal blockage.
Watermelon Dog Treats for Dogs
Watch these happy huskies waiting for the refreshing watermelon dog treats!
Disclaimer: this article is not meant to be used as a substitute for professional veterinary or nutritional advice. Please consult with your vet or veterinary nutritionist if your dog ate watermelon and is acting sick of if you are looking for the best diet for your dog.