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Can My Dog Eat Watermelon?

The short answer is yes, dogs can eat watermelon, but there are a few things that you need to understand before giving your dog this delicious treat. 

Watermelon is crammed full of nutrients and vitamins that are great for your dog’s health, and since it is composed of 92% water, is perfect for feeding your dog on those hot days.

However, as they say, too much of a good thing can be bad, and in this case, it’s the seeds and rinds of this fruit that could pose serious health issues for your dog. So, it’s important to know the best and safest ways to give watermelon to your dog, to prevent health problems. 

In What Ways Is Watermelon Bad for My Dog?

Don’t feed your dog watermelon too often, because it could result in n stomach cramps and diarrhea or some other type of gastrointestinal issues. This is especially true if your dog is new to watermelon. Feed it to your dog sparingly and see if there are any adverse reactions. If you are unsure as to how much to give your dog in the beginning, then ask your vet for advice. 

Some Parts of Watermelon are Dangerous to Dogs

Seeds - Watermelon seeds can pose a problem for dogs. While one or two seeds might not cause problems, if your dog eats many of them, it could result in a blockage in the digestive tract. Big dogs might be able to pass watermelon seeds easily, but smaller dogs are in danger of suffering from a blocked digestive tract after swallowing too many watermelon seeds. 

Skin – watermelon skin too, can cause digestive problems in dogs, with smaller dogs again, being more at risk. 

In Conclusion

Intestinal issues after eating watermelon usually show up in dogs about 24 hours after eating the fruit. If your dog is constipated, vomiting, lethargic, or seems to have stomach pains, then it is probably due to eating too many seeds or pieces of watermelon skin. It is advisable then, to take your dog to the vet as soon as possible, to prevent any serious health issues. 

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