Can My Puppy Eat Watermelon?

Feeding a new puppy isn’t rocket science but does take a little bit of knowledge and know-how. Puppies have different physical and psychological needs than adult dogs, so you can’t just buy them kibble and forget about it. You need to make sure they’re getting everything they need, nutritionally.

Many new puppy owners have questions about what, specifically, those needs are and what type of food a puppy can eat safely. They mainly have questions about certain human foods and whether or not feeding them to their pup is a good idea.

That got me thinking about one of the foods I hear about most often from many of my readers, especially in summer; watermelon. A delicious, refreshing food for humans, many people ask me the same question; can my puppy eat watermelon?

The answer, which will delight many readers, is that yes, puppies can eat watermelon. It’s mostly water but has a surprisingly high amount of healthy nutrients for puppies and dogs alike. Also, the water content is perfect for puppies on a hot day and will keep them well hydrated and happy. 

That being said, you need to be careful with the rind and seeds as they can cause your puppy health problems. (I’ll talk about them below.)

Now that you know that your puppy can eat watermelon, you’ve likely got more questions about this refreshing food and its benefits. Can they eat the watermelon rind, for example, or the seeds? How much watermelon can a puppy eat in one day is also a popular question among puppy owners.

For the answers to those questions and several more, read on! I’ve got them below, as well as facts and advice that can help you feed your pup well and ensure they go on to become a happy, healthy and energetic adult dog.

Are all Parts of the Watermelon Safe for a Puppy to eat?

Yes and no. Dogs can and will happily eat all of the watermelon you feed them, including the rind. The seeds, especially smaller, immature ones, aren’t much of a problem, but larger, fully mature ones can be. The rind can be problematic, also. Below we’ll take a closer look at the parts of a watermelon and the risk, if any, to your pup.

Can my Puppy Eat Watermelon Rinds?

The thing about watermelon rind is that the lighter, white, and light green parts are just fine. Your pup can nibble on that part all day long without a problem. As for the dark, green rind, your puppy’s teeth will tear it apart easily in most cases, but they still shouldn’t be allowed to have it.

The reason is that the thicker rind is far too tough, at least for your puppy’s digestive system. Because of their young age, their GI tract can’t break down the rind well enough for it to be digested correctly. That can lead to a serious problem; intestinal blockage. 

The last thing you want is for your poor pup to have an intestinal blockage because they can be serious and even life-threatening. Frankly, even an adult dog shouldn’t be allowed to eat the rind for the same reason. 

Can my Puppy Eat Watermelon Seeds? 

Like the watermelon rind, some seeds are OK and others, as I mentioned earlier, are not. The smaller seeds found in many parts of watermelon aren’t a cause for concern. They’re tiny and, just like when a human eats them, will easily pass through your puppy’s digestive system. However, the larger seeds can cause the same intestinal blockage as the rind, which is not good.

Can my Puppy Eat Yellow Watermelon? 

Yes, just like regular watermelon, your pup can eat yellow watermelon and several other different types of melon also. In fact, for overweight dogs, yellow watermelon is a good snack alternative. As with regular watermelon, be careful about giving them large seeds and a thick rind.

How Much Watermelon can a Puppy Eat?

Here’s the thing; as I mention in many of my other puppy blogs, too much of anything is never a good thing for puppies (or dogs). I also note that, based on AKC recommendations, you should limit treats of all kinds to 10% of your puppy’s diet. 

In other words, 90% of their diet should be their everyday, well-balanced puppy food. Anything less than that, and you run the risk that your pup will turn into a big, overweight adult dog, and that’s never a good thing. For that reason, canine experts recommend giving a puppy no more than 3 or 4 1-inch cubes of watermelon per day.

Is the Sugar in Watermelon OK for my Puppy?

Sugar is, in most cases, the last thing you want to give to your puppy. Many of my readers note, however, that watermelon is pretty high in sugar, even if it is the natural kind. While that is undoubtedly true, the good news is that watermelon is loaded with something that’s very beneficial for your pup and helps with the sugar problem; fiber.

See, fiber is kind of like an insulator, protecting your pup’s body from getting all the sugar in watermelon at once. Instead, the fiber releases the sugar slowly but surely into their bloodstream, eliminating the ‘sugar spike’ a food with so much sugar would usually cause.

Health Benefits of Watermelon for Puppies

There are, to be sure, several benefits that your puppy will get when they eat watermelon. Fact is, it’s a healthy food loaded with excellent nutritional components. The USDA considers watermelon a “superfood,” which should tell you a lot about the nutritional potency it holds. Below are a few of the best benefits your puppy will get from watermelon, including:

  • Fiber- As with humans, a diet high in fiber is best for optimal health. It prevents constipation and intestinal blockages and allows your pet to poop in peace.
  • Water- Watermelon is, not surprisingly, filled with water, which is perfect for keeping your puppy hydrated, especially during hot days.
  • Antioxidants. One of the most potent natural nutrients, antioxidants, remove free radicals that can damage cells and reduce your puppy’s lifespan.
  • Vitamins A, B6, and C. These vitamins are critical for all sorts of organs, systems, and processes in your puppy’s growing body.
  • Potassium. This powerful nutrient helps support your puppy’s kidneys, heart, and bones. It also helps their muscles to mature and grow strong and regulates the fluid levels in their furry little body.
  • Lycopene. Similar to those found in tomatoes, lycopene is a potent anti-cancer nutrient. They also help your puppy’s eyes to mature and stay healthy.

What Type of Watermelon is the Best for a Puppy?

The best type of watermelon to give a puppy is the seedless type. Typically, seedless watermelons do have seeds, but they’re super small and white. For that reason, they’re not as big a concern as the big, brown seeds that can hurt them and cause intestinal blockages. As with other watermelons, though, don’t give your pup the dark green rind.

Final Thoughts

Can my puppy eat watermelon? If you’re asking yourself that question, the answer is that, yes, they can eat watermelon. It’s a fantastic snack for puppies of all shapes and sizes and packs a potent nutritional punch. 

You should avoid giving them the hard, dark green rind and large, mature brown seeds. Besides that, however, the rest of the watermelon is perfect and provides a lot of nutrients that can be beneficial to your puppy’s health.

I hope you enjoyed today’s blog and that it answered your questions about puppies and watermelon. Please see my other blogs on the subject if you have more questions or want to learn about other puppy-centric stuff. They’ve got a lot of real-world info that can help you raise your pup into a happy, healthy dog.