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Can Dogs Have Watermelon?

Learn whether watermelon is toxic for dogs.

During the summer, it's common to have watermelon around a lot. It's refreshing and good for you, and it shows up at picnics, barbecues, and around homes all over America.

Many times, our dogs are with us doing whatever we do in the summer, and sometimes, they want to share our human foods. There are times when that's a definite no-no because the food will make the dog sick or even be life-threatening. Some examples are chocolate, grapes and raisins, and xylitol, which is a natural sweetener that's being used in more and more in human products all the time.

Learn more about foods that are toxic for dogs: "Foods Toxic for Dogs."

But what about watermelon? If your dog likes it, is it okay to share a little of yours with her?

Watermelon Is Generally Safe for Dogs, with Some Exceptions

The fruit of a watermelon itself isn't dangerous for most dogs. In fact, it can help keep a dog hydrated and has lots of vitamins in it, which are good for her. Of course, if she's eating a balanced canine diet, she doesn't need those extra vitamins, but still, watermelon is okay. However, keep these things in mind:

  • Individual dogs might experience GI upset (vomiting and diarrhea) from watermelon.
  • Watermelon rind, stems, and seeds can cause choking and GI upset, so your dog eating watermelon from the garden or your plate when you aren't looking can be a problem.
  • Watermelon has sugar, so a dog with diabetes might need to avoid it.
  • Giving a dog too many calories per day leads to weight gain, so keep in mind you might need to give him less of other foods that day.
  • Giving too much human food can lead to your dog not eating enough dog food and developing malnutrition problems.

Also, giving your dog human food can lead to or exacerbate begging behavior, which can become troublesome.

To share watermelon safely with your dog, cut it into small pieces, removing the rind and seeds, and place it in his dog bowl for him.

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