Eaten in summer, watermelon is a very refreshing fruit that can spark your dog's interest. So it's logical that owners should ask themselves whether it's wise to offer it to their four-legged friends.
As a general rule, the answer is yes, your dog can eat watermelon. However, it is prudent to give it to him in moderate quantities.
In this article, we will explain the benefits of watermelon, how much to give him and its potential dangers for the dog.
Benefits of watermelon for your dog
Watermelon is a fruit very rich in water and low in calories, which can help keep your dog hydrated. In addition, it is rich in magnesium and vitamins (A and C), which provide a supply of nutrients that the body needs. In brief, watermelon is recommended in the summer to protect your dog from heat stroke and dehydration.
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Also rich in fibre, watermelon has digestive and diuretic properties that facilitate intestinal transit and is recommended for constipated dogs.
On the other hand, this fruit is an excellent source of amino acids, especially citrulline, which helps prevent cardiovascular disease.
For overweight or obese dogs, this is an excellent nutrient because it is very low in calories.
Moreover, the antioxidant properties of watermelon are well known. They strengthens your dog's immune defence system.
Finally, it is very rich in minerals and vitamins. These include vitamins A & C, essential to the body and minerals such as calcium which help strengthen bones.
Giving watermelon to your dog is not only possible but also beneficial for his health.
How and how much watermelon should I give my dog?
Although watermelon is not considered a toxic food, before feeding it to your dog, it is advisable to remove the skin and seeds. The seeds can cause intestinal obstruction, especially in small dogs. Watermelon skin is difficult for a dog to digest.
The amount to be given varies according to the weight of the dog. For a small dog, a quantity of 50 g is sufficient. For larger dogs, you can give up to 150 g. Portions should be small.
It is important to know that although watermelon is low in calories, it still contains sugar. It is therefore advisable not to give it to your dog on a daily basis. It is also recommended that you consult your veterinarian about giving this fruit to dogs with diabetes, kidney failure and hypotension.
If this is your dog's first time eating watermelon, it is advisable to observe his reactions. Indeed, in some cases, eating watermelon can lead to an increase in urination frequency. Constipation or diarrhea may also be observed, in which case it is probably an intolerance to the fruit. We therefore advise you to first test your dog's tolerance to this food.
You can give this fruit either alone or combined with other fruits in a smoothie or fresh juice.
What about puppies?
Yes, puppies can also enjoy the benefits of watermelon. However, it is necessary to observe quantities and size of the portions to be given. The body and especially the digestive system of puppies are still developing, so it is important to gradually integrate this food to his eating habits.
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