Yes, dogs can have watermelon. Keep them away from the seeds and skin though, as this could cause choking and/or stomach upset.
Although dogs do not generally require any extra nutrients outside of their well-balanced dog food, small amounts of fruits and vegetables on the safe list are considered to be a healthy snack.
Watermelon contains many nutrients, including:
- Vitamins: A, B1, B5, B6 & C
- Minerals: potassium and magnesium
- Plus other goodies such as amino acid, beta-carotene, lycopene and other antioxidants.
Watermelons are also very hydrating, due to their high water content, so, all in all, are a pretty healthy snack for you and your dog.
How much watermelon can a dog eat?
As with all snacks (which basically means anything outside of your dog’s main dog food), it is recommended to keep the total calorie intake of these to no more than 10% of your dog’s total daily food intake.
What does this mean in the real world? – keep the portion sizes small and chop into mouth-sized chunks.
For a small dog, 1-2 chunks would be adequate, with 5 or more being suitable for larger breeds.
This is just a guide, so use your judgement and adjust accordingly.
Can dogs eat the white part of watermelon?
Although the white part of watermelon (the layer between the skin and fruit) is technically edible, it’s best avoided, due to it being tougher and harder to digest, potentially causing stomach upset.
If your dog does eat some, they will most likely be fine, but speak to your vet if you have any concerns.
Can my dog eat watermelon skin?
The skin can technically be eaten, but it’s not advisable to feed this to your dog due to its tough consistency.
It can cause stomach upset, so is best avoided.
Feed your dog the soft fruit section only.
Are watermelon seeds poisonous?
No, watermelon seeds are not poisonous to dogs. They can cause stomach upset/blockage though, so be sure to remove them for this reason.
If your dog does end up eating a few, they will likely be fine, but speak to your vet if you have any concerns.
Can dogs have frozen watermelon?
Yes. Dogs can eat frozen watermelon, as long as it has no additives.
Frozen watermelon can be treated the same way as fresh, so stick to chunks from the soft section.
Remove the skin and seeds and all will be well.
You can keep some chunks in the freezer and serve as required.
Will watermelon hurt a dog?
Maybe if you dropped one on its head!
Seriously speaking though, watermelon is considered safe for dogs to eat, as long as you follow the guidelines above.
What about puppies?
The guidance above is for fully grown, adult dogs. Puppies have delicate stomachs and should follow a strict diet as advised by your vet.
Speak to them for advice before introducing any new foods.
Fresh or frozen watermelon is considered a safe fruit for your dog to eat.
Remove the skin and seeds and serve to your dog in small chunks.
As with any new food that you’re introducing, start with a low amount and supervise while feeding.
Talk to your vet should you have any concerns.
Can dogs have watermelon rind?
Dogs should not be given watermelon rind (skin), as it can cause stomach upset and is hard to digest.
Stick to the soft fruit in the middle and remove the seeds.
Can watermelon make my dog sick?
Just like many fruits and vegetables that are safe for dogs to eat, too much of any can cause issues.
If your dog eats too much watermelon, it can cause stomach upset and could cause them to be sick.
Stick to small amounts and follow the guidance above.
What fruit is bad for dogs?
We have a whole section on what foods our dog can and can’t eat.