Can Dogs Eat Watermelon?

A summer staple, chances are you’ll have watermelon in the house at some point to enjoy in the heat. You may even want to break a piece off for your dog to enjoy too, but can dogs safely eat watermelon?

Is Watermelon Safe For Dogs?

The answer: Yes, absolutely, 100%!

Next time you’re chowing down on a slice of watermelon and you catch a glance of persuasive puppy eyes, go ahead and treat them! Watermelon is a great treat for dogs in moderation.

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Watermelon is largely made of water, so it’s refreshing and low in both calories and sugar. It does have a ton of vitamins, though! Packed with vitamins A, B6, and C, as well as lycopene, antioxidants, and even some potassium, it’s a great way for your dog to get some extra nutrients.

Lycopene, in particular, has been linked to heart and bone health in humans, so it’s a nice little bonus for your pup.

Be Careful With The Seeds & Watermelon Rind

The watermelon “flesh” is safe, but you do need to watch out for the seeds and the rind. You wouldn’t eat them, so you don’t want your dog to either. Ingesting too many seeds can cause an intestinal blockage, and may be generally be uncomfortable to pass. The rind, as well, can cause stomach discomfort and lead to digestive upset. Stick to seedless, and you should be just fine.

Dr. Katy Nelson

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