The quick and short answer is yes! Just keep in mind as with everything else, we do have to be a little cautious! The seeds inside of watermelons can cause an intestinal blockage, so make sure you remove the seeds before your feed your dog watermelon.
Dogs can eat watermelon and watermelon for dogs is considered a health-food powerhouse. It's low in calories and packed with nutrients such as vitamin A, B6, C, and potassium.
According the the National Watermelon Promotion Board, watermelon only has 50 calories a cup and 92% water, it has been known to help with hydration on hot days. Watermelon does not contain any fat or cholesterol, so it's guilt free for your pup!
Here are some fun facts from the NWPB:
- An average 15-to 20-pound watermelon will yield 90 six-ounce wedges and 11 cups of cubes.
- Ever notice that some watermelons have internal cracks in the flesh? It’s a condition known as Hollow Heart and is caused by fluctuations in temperature during the growing season. Hollow Heart melons are safe to eat, and they are actually sweeter in spots, because sugars tend to concentrate along the cracks.
- From planting to harvest, it takes a watermelon three months to grow.
- Seedless melons were developed 50 years ago. They contain no black, mature seeds. But you may see white seed coats, where the seed did not mature.
- Citrullus Lanatus is the scientific name for watermelon.
- It comes from the botanical family Cucurbitaceae and is related to cucumbers, pumpkins, and squash.
- You can carve watermelon rinds in the same manner as pumpkins. There are many patterns, from dinosaurs and sharks to Spiderman, and designs are limited only by your imagination.