Can Dogs Eat Watermelon?

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Can dogs eat watermelon? I would hope so because watermelon is actually my favorite fruit. However, disregarding my personal preference on the matter, dogs can in fact eat watermelon.

Can Dogs Eat Watermelon – Any Benefits

Watermelon is packed with just that, water. This makes the fruit ideal for re-hydration in both humans and dogs. (One of the reasons it is such a delicious summer fruit to consume).

Watermelon is also low in calories, even though the natural sugar count is a tad on the high side. The fruit also has a good level of Vitamins A & C. (Not as much as pineapple, so there is no threat that your dog may actually overload on Vitamin C).

For good measure watermelon also contains essential minerals such as potassium and magnesium, all of which are required as part of your dog’s healthy balanced diet.

Can Dogs Eat Watermelon – Any Precautions?

We have covered the issue of fruits seeds often on Can Dogs Eat-This, and the subject rears its somewhat annoying head here too.

Basically, many fruit seeds, (in concentrated amounts) can be very harmful to your dog. Like other seeds, watermelon pips contain cyanide. (otherwise known as cyanogenic glycosides, a harmful natural by product that dogs can not process.)

Just by eating a few watermelon seeds, your dog may experience tummy upset. Too many in one go, or prolonged feeding over a longer period of time and your dog will certainly be stricken with serious stomach issues.

Can Dogs Eat Watermelon – Bottom Line

As long as the seeds, (and for safety’s sake the rind) is removed, your dog can certainly enjoy a good munch on succulent watermelon. A wonderful summer treat.