Wow! There’s nothing quite like an ice cold wedge of watermelon during the summer. We love to have a big chunk of the stuff after a summertime run, an afternoon in the yard, or as our favorite warm-weather dessert. If you’re like most folks, you’re probably nodding your head in agreement. Sure, watermelon is all-natural, but we all know that not ALL foods that people enjoy are safe for dogs. So we figured we’d go ahead and ask our vet, Dr. Tom Watson at Carolinas Veterinary Medical Hospital: is watermelon safe for dogs?
The short answer is, yes! It’s just fine to share a little bit of watermelon with your four-legged friend. For starters, it’s made up of mostly – you guessed it – water, so it’s a perfect treat to help you and your pup stay hydrated when it’s hot outside. It’s low in calories and has a ton of vitamins A and C, along with magnesium and potassium; some of the same good for you and your dog nutrition you’ll find in our Blue Ridge Naturals and Carolina Prime Pet all-natural sweet potato treats, by the way!
Here’s the fine print. Everything in moderation, right? And Dr. Watson recommends removing the seeds from the watermelon before giving it to your dog. They’re not toxic, but Dr. Watson says there’s always the possibility of tiny, solid objects – like seeds – to build up in the stomach or intestines and lead to a potential obstruction. So, why ruin a good thing?! Un-seed that melon before sharing and enjoy!