Can my dog eat Melons?
Did you know melons are related to squashes and cucumbers? Who would have thought! They’ve been around for thousands of years and were even grown and enjoyed by ancient Egyptians. Many types of melons are available and they’re usually easy to find at your local grocery store. Melons pack a punch when it comes to nutrition, too. They’re rich with B vitamins, Vitamin C, potassium, manganese, iron and phosphorous. And they’re about 90% water. Melons are used in a variety of ways—enjoyed raw in slices or cut into small pieces to be used as a dessert, added to salads and more.
Can my dog eat melons? Yes! Can my puppy eat melons? Yes, again! Most dogs will enjoy honey dew, cantaloupe and watermelons. They’re an excellent source of hydration for your pup on a hot day, too! And your canine fur baby will benefit from the vitamins and minerals found in melons. However, there are a couple of things to keep in mind when serving your dog melon. Some melons, especially watermelon, have seeds inside that are not edible. What could happen if my dog or puppy ate watermelon seeds? The seeds can become stuck in the intestines and cause an intestinal blockage, which can be a very serious medial problem. To avoid this problem, just remove all the seeds before feeding your dog melon. In addition, if your dog eats too much melon, he could develop diarrhea, due to the high-water content of the melon. It’s recommended that you cut melon into small, bite-sized pieces for your pup, to avoid a choking hazard. Your pup can enjoy melon, but only as an occasional treat and in small servings. One more note—be sure to remove the rind (skin) from the melon before serving your pup any type of melon. Dogs are not able to digest the skin of these fruits.
JulieJulie is a graduate of the University of North Carolina, Wilmington, where she studied Animal science. Though contrary to the opinion of her parents she was meant to study pharmacy, but she was in love with animals especially cats. Julie currently works in an animal research institute (NGO) in California and loves spending quality time with her little cat. She has the passion for making research about animals, how they survive, their way of life among others and publishes it. Julie is also happily married with two kids.
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