Cantaloupe is a tasty, refreshing fruit that is commonly used in human nutrition plans. Can dogs eat cantaloupe, though?
Some fruits are safe for dogs to eat in moderation, whereas others can be extremely dangerous to your dog. In which category does cantaloupe belong?
In short, cantaloupe is safe for dogs. It contains many essential vitamins and minerals that your dog will benefit from. It also contains a lot of fiber, so it can help prevent constipation.
Most importantly, cantaloupe is known to have high water content and low-calorie count, which makes it extremely beneficial for dogs that are overweight. However, feeding cantaloupe to a diabetic dog is probably not a good idea as it has high sugar levels. Let me explain.
Benefits of Cantaloupe
Cantaloupe can be an excellent alternative to harmful snacks and treats. Here are some of our favorite things about cantaloup.
- Low-calorie makes it a good option for a snack for overweight dogs
- Vitamins and minerals like vitamins A and C, play a huge role in boosting your dog’s immune system.
- Antioxidants help reduce the speed at which cells age.
- High fiber and water content which makes it a great fruit to prevent constipation or dehydration.
- Potassium is an essential electrolyte that balances the water between cells and body fluids. It also plays a major role in improving nerve health and muscle contractions.
Regular consumption of cantaloupe is also known to slow the progression of arthritis, too. So yes, cantaloupe is a great option for your pup!
Dangers of Cantaloupe
Although cantaloupe can be extremely beneficial for dogs, overconsumption and seeds can also be very dangerous.
Excessive cantaloupe consumption can cause stomach upsets and severe stomach pain. Even a small amount can upset your dog’s stomach, so it’s better to start serving it in microdoses.
Seeds of the fruit can also cause stomach upset as they’re indigestible, so it’s better to cut off the middle part of the cantaloupe before feeding it to your dog.
Cantaloupe must be served in moderation as it has high sugar levels and can be harmful to diabetic dogs. It can also lead to dog obesity if served in excess.
Serving Your Dog Cantaloupe Treats
Replacing your dog’s treats with fruits is a great option as long as you steer clear of added sugars and salts.
The easiest way to make cantaloupe treats is to simply cut them into small chewable pieces that your dog can easily ingest. I love including it as part of a dog charcuterie board!
Remember, only 10% of the dog’s daily calorie intake should consist of treats, including fruits.
Cantaloupe can be a great source of vitamins and minerals for your pooch. Just be sure to serve it in moderation to avoid causing any illness.