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Can Dogs Eat Watermelon?

There you are sitting in your garden enjoying a warm sunny day and your thoughts turn to something cool and refreshing. You pop into your kitchen, open the fridge door and voila there you have it a watermelon that your wife has already cut into 6 delicious slices. Now you may not know it but as well as quenching your thirst, watermelons are very good for you. Why? Well it contains vitamins A, B1, B5, B6, C as well as potassium and magnesium. And guess what – it’s low in calories too so you can eat a large slice guilt free!

You return to your seat in the garden with the slice of watermelon and all of a sudden your beloved best friend appears as if from nowhere and sits at your feet; those eyes so helpless and appealing imploring you to share your slice of watermelon.

You know you can’t resist his appeals and want to share the watermelon with him – the only question on your mind is “can dogs eat watermelon and if so how much is safe?” The answer is watermelon is a safe food for dogs with one or two provisos.

Is Watermelon Good For Dogs?

When your eating a delicious slice of watermelon on a warm summer’s day and your dog is begging you for some don’t be mean; share the refreshing delicious taste with him. Dogs can eat watermelon provided you give it to your dog as a treat. Just make sure you remove the seeds and don’t let him eat the skin since they could cause a stomach upset or even worse an obstruction.

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Watermelon Is Good For Dogs – Here’s How…

As with humans the vitamin and mineral content of watermelons, namely vitamins A, B1, B5, B6, C as well as potassium and magnesium is good for dogs too.

Watermelon For Dogs – The Benefits

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Vitamin A For Dogs

Vitamin A is an antioxidant often used in skin care products. The coat, skin, nerves and muscles of a dog need vitamin A to ensure they stay healthy. So vitamin A is an essential building block for a dog’s wellbeing.

Vitamin B1 For Dogs

Dogs must have vitamin B1 (thiamine) included in their diet to ensure the healthy function of their organs, including their brain. This is because thiamine is needed to metabolise carbohydrates.   

Vitamin B5 For Dogs

Vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid) helps the white cells to produce antibodies and adrenal hormones. These convert carbohydrates, fats and proteins into energy. Vitamin B5 boosts stamina. It may safeguard against depression and anxiety too as well as helping the intestinal tract to function.

Vitamin B6 For Dogs

Vitamin B6, otherwise known as pyridoxine, is needed for the healthy development of dogs as they grow from puppyhood to adulthood.

Also Vitamin B6 in dogs helps them assimilate proteins and fats and by keeping the right balance of potassium and sodium. This helps to regulate water in the body which assists in maintaining your dog’s optimum health.

Vitamin B6 has a positive effect on a dog’s heart and  brain and in the production of red blood cells.

Vitamin B6 controls the level of the chemical Homocysteine that has been linked to heart failure and the hardening of the arteries in dogs.

Vitamin B6 acts as a catalyst in the synthesis of DNA And RNA too.    

Vitamin C For Dogs

Vitamin C is probably the best-known vitamin and we usually associate it with giving us protection against the common cold.  The main food source of this vitamin is from fruit and vegetables.

Sailors used to suffer from scurvy because of a lack of vitamin c because on long sea journeys they were unable to keep fresh fruit and vegetables and instead relied on picking these up in their ports of call.

What then are the benefits of vitamin C to dogs?

Dogs can make vitamin C in their livers. However additional vitamin C in the form of Watermelon and suchlike will not do any harm and could benefit their wellbeing.

Vitamin C is an antioxidant that can eliminate free radicals thereby reducing mental aging and reduce inflammation.

Animal rescue Houston Pets Alive state that:
Massive doses of ascorbic acid have an inhibiting effect on viruses such as distemper by rebuilding body cells and tissues, thus enhancing resistance to viral invasion.

Houston Pets Alive stepped in to help BARC when they saw a rise in distemper cases at their shelter. HPA has been treating dozens of sick dogs and has been seeing improvement in them.

Magnesium For Dogs

According to Medline Plus:
Magnesium is needed for more than 300 biochemical reactions in the body. It helps to maintain normal nerve and muscle function, supports a healthy immune system, keeps the heart beat steady, and helps bones remain strong. It also helps regulate blood glucose levels and aid in the production of energy and protein.

Potassium For Dogs

According to Medline Plus:
Potassium is a mineral that your body needs to work properly. It is a type of electrolyte. It helps your nerves to function and muscles to contract. It helps your heartbeat stay regular. It also helps move nutrients into cells and waste products out of cells. A diet rich in potassium helps to offset some of sodium’s harmful effects on blood pressure.

How Much Watermelon Can I give My Dog?

There is not s specific amount except that it should be given as a treat only not as a substitute for his usual meals.

Generally speaking though any treats should not represent more than 10% of your dog’s calories.

A cup of cubed watermelon contains 45.6 calories so you need to bear that in mind especially when your dog begs for more with those eyes that we all find so helpless and appealing!

Watermelon Facts

Like to know more about watermelons. We recommend you read this article 10 Refreshing Facts About Watermelon from Mental Floss.

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