Can Dogs Eat Watermelon?

Dogs love watermelon for the same reasons we do. "It's sweet and refreshing," says Amy Tate, DVM, co-owner of the Riverview Animal Clinic in Birmingham, Alabama 

On a hot summer day, it's hydrating and it cools the body." But there's also something about the texture of watermelon that seems especially appealing to our canine friends 

With a couple of precautions, yes! Watermelon is perfectly safe to give to dogs and can actually be a healthy treat for them. "It's got a lot of antioxidants and other beneficial substances in there, 

But while the red watermelon flesh is fine for dogs, it's important to know that the fruit's hard seeds and fibrous rind can be dangerous.  


Watermelon rinds can also be troublesome. "While some dogs might be able to tolerate it, I can't tell you how many dogs will eat the whole rind in one piece 

The best way to feed your dog watermelon is to remove the rind and any hard seeds, then cut the flesh into bite-sized pieces. 

While dogs can eat watermelon, eating too much watermelon can be a different story. "Just like anything, you want to try not to overdo it 

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