Melons are sweet, tasty, and low in calories. This not only makes the big fruits a popular refreshment for us humans but also tastes good to many dogs. However, there are a few things to keep in mind when feeding your dog melon.
Melons for Dogs in Brief
- Melons are healthy and contain many important nutrients such as vitamin C, vitamin A, and calcium.
- Due to the high water content, melons provide your dog with additional moisture in summer and protect against dehydration.
- Dogs with sensitive stomachs can only tolerate small amounts of melon. Always test first whether your fur nose can tolerate the melon.
- For all types of melon, remove the peel and seeds and only feed the ripe pulp to your dog.
Sweet and Healthy: Honeydew Melon, Galia Melon, and Cantaloupe Melon
Dogs are allowed to eat both watermelon and sugar melon. The sugar melons include the popular honeydew melon, cantaloupe melon, and Galia melon. Depending on the variety, the melons have orange, green, yellow, or white flesh, which is a little firmer and less watery than the watermelon.
Only Feed Ripe and Pitted Melons
You can tell the optimal degree of ripeness of a sugar melon or honeydew melon by the fact that the fruit can be easily pressed in. In addition, the ripe fruits smell sweet and have a soft pulp. Only give your four-legged friend ripe melons and only feed the pulp, without the peel or seeds. Melons are often heavily sprayed so that the peel contains toxins and residues from pesticides. The kernels of the sweet fruits are difficult to digest and should therefore also be removed.
Not Every Dog Can Tolerate Melons
Some dogs are sensitive to digestive melons and even get diarrhea or gas from them. Test tolerance by giving your dog just a few small pieces of melon at first. If your fur nose gets the sweet snack well, it can be a little more next time. But be careful: honeydew melons, Galia melons and cantaloupe melons contain more sugar than watermelons and should therefore generally only be fed in moderation.