Summer is swiftly approaching and with it comes a bounty of melons. Sticky red watermelon, cool green honeydew, and sunny orange cantaloupe are in constant supply during the hottest months of the year. As you’re slicing into one of your countless cantaloupes this summer and you consider giving your dog a few bites, consider a few things first!
Is Cantaloupe Safe for Dogs?
There’s nothing dangerous about cantaloupes for your dog. Your dog could sneak into a picnic and help themselves to a bowl of it, and the worst that could happen is they get an upset stomach.
Cantaloupe is very high in sugar, and while it’s naturally-occuring sugar, that doesn’t mean your dog’s digestive system is equipped to handle it.
If your dog is diabetic…
You should not give cantaloupe or any other sugary food items to diabetic dogs. This can cause a rapid change in their blood sugar.
Side Effects of Dogs Eating Cantaloupe
A few bites here and there are perfectly fine for your dog, and it makes for a low fat treat when the temperatures start to climb and your dog could stand to lose a few pounds. However, if you’re too generous with the cantaloupe melon, you might see some unpleasant side effects including:
- Loose stools
- Lack of appetite
When a couple of bites negatively affects your dog’s GI system, it’s time to cut the sugary snacks ASAP.
Is there Health Benefits of Dogs Eating Cantaloupe?
Not really. Melon is really quite good for humans, but dogs have entirely different nutritional needs. Cantaloupe is high in vitamin C, vitamin A, and beta carotene which is excellent for your dog’s eyesight. However, with a high quality dog food, your dog isn’t lacking anything nutritionally.
Giving Your Dog Cantaloupe
There isn’t much you need to do to prep cantaloupe for your dog.
Cut it into small cubes. Pieces that are too big risk a choking hazard.
Remove the rind. This is really hard for dogs to chew and even harder for them to digest.
Keep the amount you give them minimal. A couple of cubes a day is fine, but try not to go above that.
Cantaloupe isn’t dangerous for dogs, and you shouldn’t panic if your dog really does break into the family BBQ and helps himself to the melon. The worst that can happen is a bad case of diarrhea, and while that’s bad enough in its own right, it isn’t life-threatening.