Watermelon for dogs? Watermelon nutrition may surprise you and sharing it is fun. Let's look at the benefits and how much you can share safely with your canine.
The benefits of watermelon include vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin B-1 and B-6, potassium and magnesium. Pink watermelon is also a source of the potent carotenoid antioxidant, lycopene.
Watermelon is actually packed with some of the most important antioxidants in nature which travel through the body neutralizing free radicals. Free radicals are substances in the body that can cause a great deal of damage.
It's also 80% water so keeps you hydrated on a hot day. When I lived in the South I craved it every summer day I work outside.
Keeping in mind that dogs are carnivores, watermelon goes in the treat category. Still, when I had five pit bulls the only part of this wonderful melon that made it to the trash was the skin. Here's why.
Watermelon rind is packed with nutrition too. Yes, there are more of some nutrients there than in the flesh of this fruit and there is less sugar in the rind as well, making it better suited for dogs.
The hard skin is not digestible and will have pesticide residue - so toss it out!
fruit is metabolized much faster than other foods, I don't feed it at mealtime. Instead its a snack at least an hour before or
after a meal. (A large amount with kibble or canned food could cause tummy upset.)
It all started on a hot summer day. I gave each of my five dogs a small piece of the green part of my watermelon. Not only did they eat it but they sat in line for more.
Each dog had several pieces and I did poop patrol for the next 24 hours for signs of any problems. None.
A few weeks later while working at my computer, my Helen came and sat beside me. She waited
patiently until I came to a stopping point.
When I asked what
she wanted, she gently took
my hand in her mouth and led me to the kitchen where a new uncut
watermelon was sitting on the counter. She let go of my hand, sat with
wagging tail and stared at the watermelon. Then she looked from me to
the watermelon a few times until I laughed out loud.
I wished I'd had a camera!
promised her by saying the word "later" and she happily pranced out of
the kitchen knowing I could talk dog and she would be getting her
Like any new food, I suggest you start in small quantities to avoid diarrhea. And keep in mind that dogs really are carnivores. While most dogs will eat fruits and vegetables, they should stay in the treat category. Now go ahead and try it.