Can Dogs Eat Melon?
Written by Anna Hollisey
Dogs can enjoy melon as an occasional treat – but watch out for the rind. Like most fruits, melon is high in natural sugars and should be eaten in moderation. If your dog is overweight or diabetic, don’t give them any melon until you’ve read this article…
Is Melon Safe for Dogs?
Fresh, crunchy slices of melon hit the spot on a hot day. But should we share a slice with our beloved dogs?
Yes! If your dog is drooling at your side… it’s safe to give them a little taste of melon. But don’t give them your rindy leftovers: pass them a piece of melon flesh only. Teething pups will enjoy the cold, juicy sensation. Make sure you’ve picked out the seeds. Your dog’s not a diva – both seeds and rind can cause health problems:
- Seeds can be a choking hazard for some dogs, especially if they’re small or young.
- Melon rind can be extremely tough and hard, causing choking; if it travels further it can get stuck in the digestive tract or cause gastrointestinal upset (aka vomit and diarrhea).
Does Melon Contain Too Much Sugar For Dogs?
Melon is a great summer snack – packed with fiber and water, it supports our bodies by supplying hydration and digestive aid. Dogs get the same benefits.
But beware the sugar content in your melon. At around 6% (Watermelon) to 8% (Cantaloupe), it’s one of the sweetest fruits in the grocery store. And that’s a high proportion for a dog, so shouldn’t be fed in large quantities.
If your dog’s diabetic, keep them away from melons of any kind. Just one slice could contain 15g of sugar, which will affect their blood sugar quite fast.
Is Melon Good For My Dog?
If your dog has discovered a passion for melon, they can have some as a special treat. In moderation, melon like cantaloupe, watermelon and honeydew can provide some brilliant health benefits to your dog.
Melon is high in fiber and water (around 90%), and it’s fat-free. If your dog is overweight, melon is a good choice of treat. Just feed small chunks and not too often. Melon is famous for containing a high proportion of vitamins such as:
- Vitamin A - for healthy eyesight, heart, kidneys and lungs
- Vitamin C - an antioxidant with renowned immunity-boosting power
- Potassium - an important nutrient which supports heart-health, appetite and muscles
- Fiber - which helps your dog to digest their foods with ease
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