There is nothing more refreshing in the dead heat of summer than a fresh bowl of fruit, especially melon. Even more so, nothing is more satisfying than giving your pup some table scraps. But is melon safe for your pup to eat?
Short answer: Yes.
Long Answer: While dogs can eat cantaloupe, honeydew and watermelon there are some things you should know before feeding it to them..
Believe it or not, the same fruit salad staple that humans have come to know and love is just as good for dogs. Dogs can eat cantaloupe, but in moderation. This fruit has a high sugar content. Diabetic dogs and those prone to weight gain should only eat cantaloupe as an occasional treat.
Cantaloupe will help with your canine’s eyesight. Plus cantaloupe is loaded with Vitamin A and lots of beta carotene. Beta carotene helps reduce the risk of cancer and prevents cell damage. It’s also a good source of vitamins B-6 and C as well as, fiber, folate, niacin and potassium. Do not feed your dog the rind of a cantaloupe, as it can cause intestinal damage. Here is a delicious cantaloupe ice cream recipe that is delicious for both humans AND dogs!!
Cantaloupe Ice Cream
- 2 cups frozen ripe cantaloupe
- 2 Tbsp unsweetened yogurt
1.) Make sure you have space for your cantaloupe in the freezer.
2.) Scrub the outside of the cantaloupe thoroughly.
3.) Slice the melon in half and remove seeds.
4.) Slice each half into quarters and remove skin, then dice the fruit into bite-sized chunks.
5.) Place cut melon in the freezer. The more space around your melon chunks, the faster they will freeze, so if you're in a rush, place pieces on a baking sheet to speed things up.
6.) When completely frozen (2-4 hours or overnight), place about 2 cups of melon pieces into the food processor.
7.) Add 2 tablespoons of unsweetened yogurt.
8.) Blend until combined, adding a little cool water if needed to blend to your preferred consistency.
Honeydew melon is a sugary sweet treat suitable for most dogs, except for those with diabetes or prone to weight gain. The high sugar content makes it unwise to give honeydew to a diabetic dog.
Honeydew is rich in vitamin B & C and has a potassium content similar to bananas. It also contains traces of copper and iron, which makes for healthy red blood cells.
To feed melon to your dog, cut the flesh melon into cubes and remove all the seeds. Remember melon is a treat because feeding too much may cause diarrhea. If your dog likes to chew their treats, try these dehydrated honeydew slices!
Dehydrated Honeydew Slices
- 1 honeydew melon
1.) Thoroughly wash the outside of the melon with soap and warm water. You never know where it’s been!
2.) Cut the melon in half and remove the seeds.
3.) Slice the half into fourths and remove the rind.
4.) Continue cutting each fourth into four sections, with the outside of the slice being 1/4 to 1/2 an inch thick and the inside coming to a point.
5.) Lay them out on dehydrator trays so no pieces are touching. Set the dehydrator to 125 degrees F for 8 to 10 hours. They will be pliable when dry and the centers will be dry.
6.) Condition the slices and make sure they are ready for storage. Place them upright in a canning jar with a tight lid for one day. If there is a trace of moisture on the glass, remove the slices and dehydrate for another hour or two. The dry melon slices can be stored in a canning jar with a tight lid for at least 6 months.
Made up of 92% water, a slice of watermelon is a good way to give your dog extra fluid in hot weather. The health benefits don’t stop there, though. If it’s lycopene that you’re looking to add to your dog’s diet, watermelon is your best source. Lycopene is a natural antioxidant. Give your pooch a piece of this delicious summer treat and you’ll also be loading him with up with tons of healthy vitamin A, B-6 and C, as well as thiamine and potassium.
The seeds and rinds of watermelon should not be fed to your dog, as they are too difficult for dogs to digest and can cause digestive issues. Here is a delicious summertime watermelon treat recipe for your pooch!
Frozen Watermelon Dog Treats
- A quarter of a seedless watermelon
- 1 can of coconut milk
1.) Scoop out about 1/4 of the melon (and eat the rest yourself!!)
2.) Blend together with the can of coconut milk – add more watermelon if you want a darker pink.
3.) Pour into ice cube tray (or bone shaped mold) and freeze.
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