Can Dogs Eat Watermelon?
It can be awfully difficult to know what to give your pet as a snack. Even more so when you want to avoid giving him something unhealthy. There are some things that are just downright dangerous to give to can dogs, but not in every dog. Dogs are essentially carnivores and therefore have different dietary needs than other animals. There are many treats that you can give your pet that won’t cause harm but yet will still be tasty for them.
Giving your dog too much watermelon can only give them an upset tummy and leave them feeling sick. Keep in mind that dogs aren’t like us and don’t have the same dietary needs like we do. Keep in mind that watermelon contains vitamin C, which is one of the most important vitamins for healthy bones and joints. You can sprinkle it on top of your dog’s meals or mix it with some rice. Remember moderation, treat watermelons as you would any other healthy dog treat.
Dogs may not eat it straight out of the fruit, but rinds can be a nice treat, especially if you crush some rinds and add them to a bit of dry dog food. When you buy stewed collard greens you can cut off the stems, but the leaves can be nice to chew on. Some dogs may be sensitive to the chemicals in the juice, so talk to your vet before giving your canine’s something they may be allergic to.
If you give your dog’s food that is high in fat, such as fried chicken, they may not need additional vitamins and minerals. However, if you’re trying to boost their immune system, a good multivitamin can contain b6, which is an essential component of Vitamin C. You can find b6 at any health food store. Other foods that contain this essential vitamin are almonds, strawberries, peaches, oranges and bananas. If your dog has problems with calcium, try giving them cod liver oil, canned salmon, apricots, cantaloupe or mussels with the addition of a few drops of vinegar.
Watermelon can also be added to your dog’s treat recipes to increase the nutritional value. Just add a few spoons of the rind to your treats, or add the sliced rind to your dog’s recipe. They will love the taste and it is easily digested by the canine. Make sure you bake it or steam it to remove all of the skin.
Since the fruit is high in sugar, it is wise to only give your canine’s fruit-based snacks. Fruit based treats such as peaches, prunes, apple slices, blueberries, grapes, pears and strawberries are safe for them to eat. You can add any of these fruits at mealtime or you can also bake them and give them as snacks. The good thing about watermelon rinds is that they can be eaten without feeling too full.