Health & Wellness
Can dogs eat watermelon?
Yes (some parts).
The weather’s warm, the backyard party is buzzing and you’re chopping up a watermelon to complete the perfect summer spread. Before taking a refreshing bite, you spot your drooling pup standing beneath you. If your pup wants a taste, you can sneak them a slice — just make sure to follow our safety tips when serving.
(Even though watermelon (minus the rind and seeds) is generally safe for dogs, you should always consult your vet before introducing new foods to your pet’s diet.)
Is watermelon good for dogs?
Not only is this fruit super hydrating, but it’s packed with lots of vitamins. The following nutrients are great to incorporate into your pup's diet, but occasional bites here and there aren't enough to drastically improve their well-being:
- Vitamin C: supports the immune system, helps with healthy aging, offers an energy boost
- Vitamin A: promotes vision, dental, coat and skin health
- Vitamin B-6: supports the immune and nervous systems
Is watermelon bad for dogs?
Watermelon isn’t bad for dogs, but anytime your pup tries a new food, they may experience an upset stomach. See how your pup feels after a small bite before giving them more watermelon.
What parts of watermelon are safe for dogs?
When you’re ready to serve your dog watermelon, remove the rind and seeds and cut it into easily digestible, bite-sized pieces. Frozen watermelon is also a safe treat (and is great on a hot summer day!), but be sure to monitor your pup if the chunks are large, as they could be a choking hazard.
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Can dogs eat watermelon seeds?
When it comes to watermelon, unfortunately, not all parts are safe for your dog. The seeds can cause a blockage in the gastrointestinal tract, which can lead to vomiting, diarrhea, decreased appetite and lethargy. If your dog experiences any of these symptoms while eating watermelon, contact your vet or visit a veterinary emergency clinic.
When introducing your dog to new foods, it’s always great to have an emergency preparedness plan in place. Some quick steps to get you started are:
- Write down the phone numbers for poison control, local 24-hour emergency pet hospitals and animal ambulances in your area.
- Put together a pet emergency kit including latex gloves, an information card with your vet’s address and phone number and towels.
- Practice for emergencies by familiarizing your pet with riding in the car.
Can dogs eat watermelon rind?
Watermelon rinds are fibrous, making them hard to digest, which can lead to an upset stomach.
How much watermelon can dogs eat?
Even though watermelon is generally a healthy snack for dogs, it should still be served in moderation. Treats, including watermelon, should only make up 10% of your dog's total daily calories. Your veterinarian can help you determine proper portions based on your pet's specific needs.
Now, on those hot, summery days (or anytime you feel like cutting open watermelon), feel safe slicing up a piece of watermelon for your pup — as long as it’s cut into small bites and the seeds and rind are removed.
We're confident that watermelon isn’t the only human food your dog would love to sink their teeth into (cue the drool). Check out our series "Can dogs eat … ?" to learn more about which human foods are off-limits and what's fair game.