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Yes, dogs can eat both red and yellow watermelon! Just keep a few safety tips in mind:

As always, it’s best to check with your veterinarian before giving your dog a new food for the first time!

Is Watermelon Safe for Dogs?

Watermelon is generally safe for dogs, but dogs with diabetes shouldn’t have any because of the sugar content. However, watermelon is fine for dogs with chronic pancreatitis because it’s fat free! It’s also safe for dogs with kidney disease, because watermelon is a low-phosphorus food. Just like other non-dog-food foods, watermelon is a treat which should make up no more than 10% of your dog’s daily calories. If your veterinarian has your dog on a weight management plan, definitely ask them first before giving your pooch any watermelon. Watermelon allergies are rare in dogs, but if it’s your pup’s first time having it, just give them a little bit and keep an eye out for signs of a reaction (skin irritation, coughing/sneezing).

Watermelon Has Some Health Benefits for Dogs

When safely fed in moderation, watermelon can be good for dogs because it’s:

Learn about other hydrating foods for dogs to enjoy in summer and all year round.

What About Watermelon Juice?

As long you’re talking about juice squeezed from fresh watermelon with nothing added, it has the same nutrients as watermelon flesh (minus the fiber), and the same guidelines apply: strain out any seeds, and don’t go overboard. Never give your dog canned watermelon juice, watermelon lemonade, or any other watermelon drinks made for people. If your dog loves watermelon, you can add a splash of watermelon juice to their water to encourage them to stay hydrated! Just be sure to change out the water more frequently due to the sugar content of watermelon. !

How Much Watermelon You Can Feed Your Dog

A suitable serving size of watermelon depends on the size of your dog:

If you’re not sure, err on the side of caution to be safe. If your dog goes wild for watermelon, you can cut it into small pieces to use as a training treat!

Can Dogs Have Watermelon Every Day?

Dogs shouldn’t eat watermelon daily. It’s best as an occasional treat. For optimal health, dogs need complete and balanced nutrition from quality dog food. Your dog can enjoy watermelon in moderation, but too much can put them off their regular food and cause digestive problems because of the high sugar content.

6 Fun & Easy Ways to Feed Your Dog Watermelon

Watermelon is so versatile – get creative and see what your dog enjoys the most!

  1. Freeze small pieces of watermelon for a refreshing treat on hot days. You can even bring some along if you go hiking with your dog.
  1. Make a simple frozen treat: remove the rind & seeds, puree the watermelon in a blender, then freeze it in an ice cube tray or silicone molds. Mix things up by blending watermelon with banana or cucumber!
  1. Kick it up a notch with some fancy layered watermelon pupsicles.
  1. Try another pupsicle twist with bone broth + fruit pupsicles – just don’t confuse them with your own popsicles!
  1. Whip up this three-ingredient watermelon pupsicle recipe to add some protein: mix 2 parts watermelon puree and 1 part plain low-fat greek yogurt with ½ part creamy peanut butter (make sure the peanut butter is all natural with no added sugar or xylitol). Freeze in silicone molds.
  1. Celebrate a special occasion with a barkuterie board featuring watermelon and other dog-safe foods.

Other Safe Fruits for Dogs

Strawberries are safe for dogs to eat, as are blueberries, bananas, cantaloupe, apples, and mango. If giving your dog some mango, be sure to remove the pit. For apples, remove the seeds, skin and stem. Always cut fresh fruit into safely-sized pieces for your dog. Learn about more human foods that are safe for dogs to eat and tips for walking your dog in hot weather.

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