Everything in moderation, even fruit!
Yet, 'which fruits are ok?' for your dogs is a question we see a lot on social media and in our feeds from pet parents. What about cantaloupe? The seeds can be a choking hazard but this fruit is safe for dogs.
Is it good for dogs to eat cantaloupe?
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The American Kennel Club, tells us that cantaloupe is an excellent source of dietary fiber, vitamin B6, niacin, folate, vitamin A, vitamin C, and potassium. It is also low in calories and high in water content, making it a tasty way to rehydrate without packing on the pounds.
This is a good snack for dogs trying to lose weight!
"Vitamins A and C provide lots of health benefits for dogs, most notably in their role as antioxidants. Antioxidants play a crucial role in capturing free radicals, which slows cell aging, promotes healthy cell function, and may help reduce the risk of certain diseases. The high water and fiber content in cantaloupe also promotes healthy digestion and prevents constipation and dehydration."
What if they chew on the rind?
According to The Spruce Pets, rinds are tough, hard to chew, and even harder to digest. They can be a choking hazard and cause irritation when swallowed. Avoid letting them lick the outside skin, because it may have harmful bacteria that could make your dog sick.
This goes with all fruit! Never let your dog chew on the rind.
How do you serve it up?
Just like watermelon! Eating cantaloupe with your dogs should be a fun experience to celebrate spring and summer weather. Stay clear of serving up cantaloupe rinds.
Feeding cantaloupe should be done by preparing slices for your dogs. This should also be done in small quantities.
What other fruit can my dogs eat?
Dog owners should consider most fruit as healthy snacks. This snack should always supplement their dog's diet and perhaps be added as a topper to dog food. Feed this in moderation of course, as fruit can cause some gastrointestinal upset. Here's a list:
- Apples(without the core or seeds)
- Green Beans
Does your dog love cantaloupe? Tell us in the comments below.