While we know much about these beings, one thing that still remains unclear is what they can eat. Poodles are not specifically known to be picky eaters, but it’s still good to be sure about what they can or cannot have.
Now, among the many foods that you may wonder whether or not are good for poodles is watermelon. In this article, we are going to answer this question and even more.
Dog owners may feed their Poodles watermelons, but there are a few precautions. Make sure to remove the seeds and rind because they can cause intestinal blockages or gastrointestinal upset if ingested in large amounts.
What’s With The Seeds?
There are two major reasons for this;
The first one is that the seeds themselves may cause blockage in the gastrointestinal system if they’re not fully digested. This can, of course, lead to serious health issues and even death if left untreated.
Secondly, some dogs may simply be allergic to watermelon or its seeds. You need to be very careful if your dog shows any of the following reactions when given watermelon: vomiting, diarrhea, or lethargy. If your dog does not show these side effects, then it is safe for them to eat watermelon.
Sure, a seed or two may not cause any problems, but one thing to always remember is that it doesn’t take as many seeds as you might think to become a problem. That’s why it is advisable you remove ALL the seeds before you present this healthy treat to your Poodle.
Why Watermelon Rind Isn’t Good For Your Poodle
The rind is actually the part of the watermelon that you are supposed to avoid giving your poodle. This isn’t toxic for them, but it can cause an upset stomach or even diarrhea if ingested, simply because their digestive system can’t break it down.
While the light green part of the rind may not pose any danger, it’s always wise to avoid it entirely. This way, your dog will be on the safe side, especially since poodles are known for their sensitive digestive systems.
Nutritional Value of Watermelons
You don’t just want to feed your Poodle watermelon because it’s food, but because it has some nutritional value for them.
The main benefit of watermelon is its high water content. This means that it can be given to your dog on hot days or after a workout, helping them rehydrate and recover faster.
In addition, watermelons are rich in vitamin B6, beta carotene, lycopene, and lutein – all of which are nutrients that your dog needs. This fruit also contains potassium as well as antioxidants that can reduce the risk of heart disease and even cancer in dogs.
In fact, the antioxidants found in watermelon may even be more beneficial than carrots or oranges because they can fight free radicals that speed up the deterioration of cells.
A final benefit is that by eating watermelon, poodles can strengthen their immune system and slow down or even prevent the early signs of aging. That’s because it also contains vitamin E, which is generally considered to be an anti-aging nutrient.
For some poodles, watermelon may even work as a natural dewormer because it can help expel parasites that are present in the stomach of your pet.
So now you know what qualities watermelon has and whether or not your Poodle can safely ingest it. You can be sure that this is a great treat that will help your dog’s well-being in more ways than one.
What Quantity Should Your Poodle Eat?
As with any food that you give to your Poodle, you need to monitor the amount that they are eating. This is especially important when it comes to watermelons.
How much should you be giving them? Well, one serving is about half a cup of watermelon chunks. Any more than this may lead to digestive issues and even diarrhea.
In addition, if your dog is a picky eater or has been on a limited diet before, then you should start with even less than half of a cup. This way, their stomach will get used to the change in what you are feeding them and they will adjust to ingesting watermelon without any issues.
Even so, watermelons don’t contain the same levels of sugar or carbohydrates like other fruits. This means that they can be given to your poodle every day without worry about weight gain.
What If Your Poodle Eats Too Much?
The most frequent concern with giving watermelon to your dog is whether or not it will cause diarrhea (or even vomiting or lethargy).
Thankfully, the answer to this is that it isn’t very likely. While some dogs can develop diarrhea after ingesting watermelon, it generally only happens because they ate too much of it at once.
You may see your dog’s stools change colors to be lighter than usual or even smell more strongly than they usually do. However, this should generally go away after a day or two and your dog will return to their usual self.
In the rare event that they develop diarrhea after eating watermelon, you can use over-the-counter treatments from the pet store or even call your veterinarian for advice before you resort to anything else.
Creative Ways of Offering Your Poodle Watermelon
Now that you know the benefits of giving your poodle watermelon and how much they can have, the next thing you should be thinking about is – how you are going to offer it to them.
The good news is that watermelon is non-messy and dogs tend to enjoy eating it, so if your poodle likes it too then you will probably have no issue with feeding them this fruit.
The simplest way of offering watermelon to your Poodle is just cutting out chunks and giving it to them. However, there are also watermelon dog treats that you can buy for this very purpose.
Another option is making your own frozen treat with watermelon or even using it in their dinner by adding some chunks onto their kibble. You could also make a puree of the fruit and add it into your poodle’s kibble that way.
Now, no matter how you present the watermelon to your Poodle, always begin with a small portion when giving your pup for the first time. This way, you will be able to gauge their response and figure out whether or not they are going to have any issues with it.
As seen, it’s safe for dogs including Poodles to eat watermelon. However, beware that the watermelon shouldn’t contain seed or rind. This way, you will be sure 100% safe for your Poodle.
Also, always monitor the amount of watermelon in case your Poodle eats more than they should. If your Poodle eats too much, you may notice loose stool or diarrhea at most. But generally, watermelon is a healthy snack that you can offer to your Poodle.