It’s hard to find a man who doesn’t like melons. Whether it’s Cantaloupe, Honeydew or Watermelon, all these melons are healthy for humans.
But are melons safe for your dogs? That is a matter of concern for the dog owners who want to share their summer snacks with their loyal pet friend.
What Is The Nutritional Value Of Melons?
Can dogs eat melon?
Whenever we think about that hot summer days, the first fruit that comes into our mind is the melon.
It has a delightful taste and the huge amount of water content keeps us hydrated in the hot weather. Besides containing a high amount of water, melons are also rich in vitamins and minerals. They contain a fair amount of sugar as well. Melons are a great source of antioxidants too.
Particularly watermelons contain 92% of water with vitamin A, B6 and C. It also contains sugar and lycopene (like tomatoes have)
Cantaloupe is taken as a vegetable rather than fruit. This orange fruit is packed with folate, Vitamin C, and potassium and high doses of beta carotene which acts as a precursor to Vitamin A for dogs.
Honeydew melons are quite similar to the cantaloupes. Honeydew melons are also a source of Vitamin B6 and C, and potassium. It is packed with high sugar content and dietary fibers.
Melons as Dog food-Good or Bad?
So the answer is Good and Bad both. As dog owners, it’s hard for us to deny our dear pets when they want to share our foods. But it’s important to know if the foods are safe for them or not. Even if it is safe, how much to serve them is also a fact that decides whether it’s causing any harm to our pets or not.
Now to be specific about it, we can say that melons are safe for dogs in a moderate amount.
The nutritional value of melon is good for dogs but under some conditions.
Melon Is Safe for Dogs When Served in Moderation.
In the sweaty summer days, even your dogs get dehydrated as you do. Some little pieces of melon can keep your dogs hydrated with its high water content.
Often dogs enjoy that sweet delicious taste of melons. But don’t get carried away. Sugar rich foods must not be given to your dogs in large amounts. You can cut some watermelon slices and freeze for serving your dogs as an occasional cooling summer treat.
Melons are a good source of antioxidants which is an essential element for dogs. Often dog foods contain a certain amount of antioxidants. But this amount is not sufficient for dogs in most cases. And that’s when you can serve your dog a little portion of your melons as a supplement for antioxidants.
Antioxidants reduce the chances of cancer and heart diseases for dogs. It also prevents the aging effects caused due to multiple environmental pollutant exposures. Your dogs’ diet should contain a fair amount of this element and melons can be a good source of it.
Vitamins are beneficial and even required for the dogs as it alleviates inflammatory issues. And melons are enriched with vitamins A, B6, and C.
Beta carotene as we just discussed above, helps a dog’s immune system. Thus, melons are safe and even beneficial for your dog. But, if you have never given it as dog food before, it is a good idea to serve them a little and observe if they show any unusual reactions. Call the vets if necessary.
But You Shouldn’t Overdo It.
Melons are safe for dogs only when it’s served in a small amount and less frequently. Since dogs are carnivores, their body functioning is not suitable for digesting fruits.
Melons contain a high percentage of water, especially watermelon. So, consuming a small amount of it might cause the dog’s stool to become softer and too much consumption can result in diarrhea for your dogs.
Again, the hard rind and seeds of melon are not easily digestible. So, if your dogs consume seeds of melon, it can block the intestinal tract.
As melons contain sugar, it’s a threat for diabetic dogs. If a diabetic dog consumes even a very little amount of melons, it can cause them serious problems and lead to death.
How Should You Feed Melon To Your Dogs?
So, can I give melon to my dogs?- Yes, you can but you should be careful about how you are feeding melon to them. The amount and frequency of feeding melons to your dogs will decide if it is safe for them or not.
So, here’s what things you should consider before serving them some melon as a snack-
- Wash the melon before cutting into it.
- Cut the rind of the melons before slicing it up.
- Cut the melons into small pieces, suitable for their bite-size
- Pick out all seeds before serving them to the dogs.
- Serve a little amount (a few small pieces) and less frequently
- Don’t give melons to Allergic dogs.
- Don’t give melons to Diabetic dogs.
Maintaining all these factors, you can give your dogs a little amount of melon once in a while.