Can dogs eat watermelon?

Health and Wellbeing

Dogs can eat watermelon however; the rinds and seeds of watermelons can cause serious health problems. Made up of 92% water, watermelon is a great way to get fluids into your dog’s diet. Watermelon is packed full of nutrients such as vitamin A, B6 and C while also being low in calories.

Can dogs eat watermelon?

Watermelon can cause diarrhoea in very rare cases or if your dog eats too much of it. If this does happen, stop feeding watermelon to your dog, watermelon is not supposed to make up a large part of your dog’s diet. Sometimes a new food in your dog’s diet could cause stomach upset and they will be okay once they get used to this food.

Much like oranges, you should avoid feeding the seeds, rind or skin of watermelons as these will cause intestinal blockages, vomiting, abdominal pain, and constipation. A couple of seeds won’t be too harmful, but these can quickly add up and cause issues.

Frozen watermelon as small, chewable cubes can make a refreshing and delicious treat in the summer or when you need to add extra water into your dog’s diet.

Watermelon can be a great treat for your dog, as long as it stays as just an extra treat and is fed alongside a complete and balanced meal, such as Pure, so your dog gets all the nutrition they need every day. Pure is bursting with totally natural ingredients that we would buy for ourselves, alongside added vitamins and minerals to ensure your pet is totally nourished from the inside out.

Dr Andrew Miller BVSc MRCVS

Written by: Dr Andrew Miller MRCVS

Andy graduated from Bristol University in 2010 and sees nutrition as a foundation for our pet's wellbeing and takes a common-sense approach. We are what we eat, and it shouldn't be any different for our pets.