Let's get down to brass tacks here. First thing's first - can dogs eat watermelon, or is it toxic for them like grapes?
So Can Dogs Eat Watermelon Or What?
The answers: Yes
The next time you're chowing down on a refreshing slice of watermelon and your dog is sitting beside you making literal puppy eyes at you to share, go ahead and do it! Watermelon, beloved by humans around the world and hugely appealing to our faithful friends is also a good treat for them to enjoy.
Watermelon is largely made of water, so it's not just refreshing for you but for your dog as well, especially on a hot summer day or after a rigorous game of fetch. There's not much to it other than that, so you don't have to worry about it being fattening for your pup either. It does have a ton of vitamins, though! It's packed with vitamins A, B6, and C, as well as lycopene, antioxidants, and even some potassium. It's a great, natural way for your dog to get some extra nutrients into his diet!
Lycopene, in particular, has been linked to heart and bone health
in humans, so it's a nice little bonus for your pup.
When it comes to your dog eating watermelon, you do need to watch out for the seeds and the rind
. Just like you wouldn't eat the seeds or rind, you don't want your dog to either. The seeds can block their intestines and generally be uncomfortable to pass and the rind could lead to digestive issue and a whole lot of stomach discomfort.
If you want to avoid the risk of seeds completely, you can opt for purchasing (or growing your own!) seedless watermelons for your house. This way, you don't have to worry about picking out the seeds for your dog or him accidentally eating them while you aren't looking. We know dogs can be sneaky like that.
What Are Some Other Fruit My Dog Can Eat?
There are a bunch!
Apples are great for dogs. Remove the seeds and core like you would for yourself before giving them to your pup. Your dog can also eat bananas, but not too many of them. They're loaded with sugar, so look at them as a treat for your dog and not something they're eating every single day. They can also enjoy blueberries, mangoes, raspberries, peaches, and so many more fruits! Basically what you want to AVOID are cherries and grapes. Both of these fruits are incredibly dangerous to dogs and should be avoided at all costs.
Not all dogs are going to want to sink their teeth into some juicy watermelon, and that's not a bad thing. Steering them clear of human food is probably wise most, if not all, of the time. If that's the case with your dog, keep him strictly on treats that are made especially for him. BARK's dog treats
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