Can Dogs Safely Eat Watermelon
as a Treat?
Looking for a fun, juicy snack for your favorite pooch? How about
watermelon? But wait… is watermelon safe for dogs?
By Hungry Bark | September 23, 2021
Can Dogs Eat Watermelon?
Watermelon is such a refreshing and delicious treat… especially in those hot summer months! Who doesn’t love watermelon? And if you’re wondering whether or not you can share a piece with your favorite fur ball, the answer is YES! It’s completely safe to feed your pup some watermelon as a special treat.
But keep in mind that there are parts of the watermelon that are safe for your dog, and parts that aren’t safe. Plus some health benefits, serving sizes, and multiple fun ways to serve it up!
Health Benefits of Watermelon for Dogs
We all know that fruit is healthy, but what does watermelon specifically have to offer? First of all, it’s great at hydrating, since it’s 92% water. And because of that fact, it’s also only about 50 calories per cup. So this sweet treat is one you don’t have to feel guilty about.
On top of all that, watermelon has nutrients like:
- Vitamin A
- Vitamin B1
- Vitamin B5
- Vitamin B6
- Vitamin C
So the next time you’re looking for a sweet treat—for your pup or yourself—consider cutting up some watermelon!
Can Dogs Eat Watermelon With Seeds?
I know it’s a pain, but always make sure to remove the seeds before feeding your dog any watermelon. The seeds could actually cause your pup to have an intestinal blockage. And nobody wants that to happen!
Can Dogs Eat the Watermelon Rind?
The same goes for the watermelon rind. It’s not safe for a dog to eat the rind. It can also cause intestinal blockage, be a choking hazard, or at the very least, cause your dog to have gastrointestinal upset. So let’s keep snack time safe and fun by avoiding these problems altogether.
How to Feed a Dog Watermelon
Now for the fun part! You can actually get a little creative here with the way you serve up some watermelon to your furry companion. Because of its unique texture, you can turn watermelon into multiple different forms.
- Cut up in small chunks – As mentioned above, make sure to remove the rind and any seeds. And then cut the watermelon into small, manageable pieces.
- Dehydrated – You can take your cut up watermelon chunks—without any seeds—and put them in a dehydrator. This will become a tasty chewy treat that’s easier to store and easier to give your pup later.
- Puree – After removing the rind and seeds, you can puree the watermelon and serve it chilled.
- Frozen Puree – Once the watermelon is pureed, you can pour it into ice cube trays and freeze it for later.
- Frozen chunks – If you don’t want to worry about pureeing the watermelon, just remove the rind and seeds, and chop it up into chunks. Then freeze the small chunks.
- Dog-friendly ice cream – Take your frozen watermelon chunks and throw them into a blender. Then add plain, unsweetened yogurt*, and blend it altogether. You can put this on top of your dog’s normal food, or stuff it into a KONG toy. If you do use a KONG, it’s best to freeze it.
*Keep in mind that some dogs may be lactose intolerant, just like some humans are. But most dogs will be perfectly fine eating plain, unsweetened yogurt.
How Much Watermelon Can a Dog Eat?
As with any treat or dessert, moderation is key! Even when it’s a healthy treat like watermelon, you still don’t want to overdo it. Any treat should be no more than 10% of your pup’s daily diet.
Excessive amounts of treats and overeating can lead to obesity issues, causing diabetes or hip and joint problems. So let’s keep the snacking to a minimum—for our pup’s sakes.
Why Do Dogs Love Watermelon?
Dogs love fruit, especially watermelon, as a special treat because of its juiciness, and sweetness. They love the taste, and you’ll love all of the health benefits it gives them.
Can Dogs Eat Honeydew Melon and Cantaloupe?
Yes and yes! Both honeydew melons and cantaloupes are also great fruit choices for your pup. And the same rules apply… no rinds, and no seeds.
Honeydew melons are rich in nutrients like vitamin C, vitamin B6, folate, vitamin K, potassium, and magnesium. And cantaloupe contains vitamin A, potassium, folic acid, calcium, zinc, copper, and iron.
Did you know just how good these fruits really were? Not only can you get some much needed nutrients from them, but so can your pup. And you can prepare these melons just like you prepared your watermelon.
What Fruit is Bad for Dogs?
Although watermelon, cantaloupe, and honeydew melon are all safe, delicious, and healthy for your pup, there are some fruits that aren’t safe. Some fruits are toxic to dogs, or contain toxic parts. So it’s always important to double check first.
Thankfully, there are more fruits that are safe for dogs than fruits that aren’t safe. But even so, please always remove any seeds, stems, cores, and rinds ahead of time. And cut the fruit into small, edible pieces.
Here’s a pretty extensive list for you to check out which fruits you can serve to your pup as a safe, fun treat.
What Foods are Bad for Dogs?
You might notice symptoms like gas, diarrhea, vomiting, stomach upset, inflammation, skin rashes or irritation, and excessive licking. For most dogs, this shouldn’t be a problem. But in the same way that every human is different—so is every dog! And you’ll want to keep an eye out for these allergic reactions.
So if you’d like to try giving your pooch some plain, air-popped popcorn as a treat… just start with a few pieces here and there to see if they have any kind of bad reaction. If they do, stop feeding them popcorn. And if the symptoms are severe, you should talk with your vet.
Fruits Dogs Can Eat:
- Apples – excellent source of vitamins A and C, and fiber
- Bananas – high in potassium, vitamins, biotin, fiber, and copper
- Blueberries – superfood rich in antioxidants
- Cantaloupe – great source of fiber and low in calories
- Cranberries – safe, but only in small portions
- Cucumbers – vitamins K, C, B1, potassium, copper, magnesium, and biotin
- Honeydew Melon – vitamin C, B6, K, folate, potassium, magnesium
- Mangos – vitamins A, B6, C, E, potassium, beta-carotene, alpha-carotene
- Oranges – vitamin C, potassium, and fiber
- Peaches – vitamin A and fiber, but the pit is toxic
- Pears – vitamins C, K, and fiber
- Pineapple – vitamins, minerals, fiber
- Raspberries – antioxidants, fiber, manganese, and vitamin C
- Strawberries – fiber, vitamin C
- Watermelon – vitamins A, B6, C, and potassium
Fruits Dogs Can't Eat:
- Avocados – the pit, skin, and leaves contain a toxin that causes vomiting
- Cherries – cherry plants contain cyanide, which is toxic
- Grapes & Raisins – very toxic and can cause kidney failure
- Tomatoes – the ripened fruit itself is typically safe, but the green plant is toxic
Healthy Treats, and Healthy Choices
Watermelons are the perfect snack choice for your pup. Both delicious and nutritious. And if you’re looking for a dog food that does the same, check out the food from Hungry Bark!
All of the Hungry Bark recipes contain ethically-sourced, superfood ingredients. Always slow-cooked to preserve essential nutrients, so that your dog will get the well-balanced diet they deserve. And all this can be delivered directly to your door.
For more articles with helpful pet parenting advice, check out The Daily Bark blog on HungryBark.com.