Can Dogs Eat Cantaloupe? Is Cantaloupe Good For Dogs?
Yummy Cantaloupes! Aren’t they real summer’s bliss?
Admit it! We all crave to trip on Cantaloupe’s refreshing and mouth-watering sweet delight to kill summer noon’s heat. Right?
Without giving it any second thought, one can binge guiltlessly on this nature’s sweet treat.
Besides being so delicious, cantaloupes are healthy too! No doubt, looking at its nutritional quality, it is considered a Super Food for humans!
Indeed! Heaven for the mouth and hydrating bath for the body!
You can treat yourself to this summer delight without any worries. It’s a wonderful option to dine on a lovely summer brunch.
After learning this, it’s needless to say; that Cantaloupes are perfect for humans. Though, as a doggo parent, it is likely to think about; Can dogs have Cantaloupe? Is it OK to give it to him?
For our fellow pooch parents, we have penned down everything you should know about; Can Dogs Eat Cantaloupe? And it is a Superfood for them too?
Keep reading to know your answers!
Can Dogs Have Cantaloupe?
Yes, you can give Cantaloupe to your dog as long as you know the correct quantity.
Did you know that cantaloupes are made of 90% of water? For that very reason, it’s good for hydration and maintaining the water level in your canine’s body. Along with this being high in fiber, cantaloupes can also improve your dog’s digestive health.
Therefore if you are being mindful of the portion that you feed your dog, Cantaloupe can be an excellent option for them! A few pieces of Cantaloupe for dogs every once in a while are OK!
However, if you are feeding cantaloupe to your dog for the first time, introduce it slowly into your Doggo diet. There could be chances that your dog might be allergic to cantaloupes, honeydews, or other melons. Therefore, give your dog a small portion of it and analyze how the dog’s body behaves after eating it.
Most of the time, dogs are well aware of what type of food can get them into trouble, and their bodies won’t go with it. Therefore if your dog refuses to eat Cantaloupe, please don’t force them to eat it.
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Is Cantaloupe Good for Dogs?
It is! A moderate amount of Cantaloupe can serve various benefits like improving the doggo’s fur texture, reducing unnecessary body inflammation, and healing the gut.
As described earlier, Cantaloupe is a Superfood. Being packaged with antioxidants and minerals serves excellent advantages to your dog. Some of them are described below;
- Cantaloupes are rich in Potassium which keeps Doggo’s heart, kidneys, and muscles in good health.
- Manganese in Cantaloupes helps in the metabolism of Carbohydrates and proteins inside a dog’s body. Further, manganese also helps maintain better bone density and is part of most enzymes responsible for the right enzymatic activity in the body.
- Niacin present in Cantaloupes helps the metabolism of sugar and fats in the pooch’s body.
- Cantaloupes contain all the necessary vitamins, especially Vitamin K, which helps in avoiding any harmful clotting in the blood.
- Being a source of Folic acid, Cantaloupes can also help in boosting DNA synthesis and RBC count.
Vitamin C, Vitamin A, Zeaxanthin, Selenium, Choline, Lutein, β-Carotene are the antioxidants present in dogs Cantaloupe, which are responsible for;
- Bettering Brain Health
- Avoiding symptoms of pre-aging
- Fighting Cancer Cells
- Destroying radicals that cause oxidation of healthy cells
Apart from the benefits mentioned above, the constituents of Cantaloupes also help in;
- Maintaining better gut health and improving digestive health in the dogs (especially those with constipation issues). Being a high source of fiber, Cantaloupes helps in easy stooling in dogs.
- Managing fluid levels in dogs and being rich in water, cantaloupes can help overcome dehydration issues common in highly active dog breeds.
- Managing the weight of your doggo due to its low calorific value. (Despite its low-calorie content, Cantaloupe is still rich in sugar; therefore, you should avoid it in diabetic dogs.)
How Much Quantity of Cantaloupe can I give to my Dog?
Before learning this, be aware of the nutritional value of Cantaloupes:
Nutritional value per 100 g of Cantaloupe:
Energy/Calories: 141 kJ (34 kcal)
Carbohydrates: 8.16 g
Sugars: 7.86 g
Dietary fiber: 0.9 g
Fat: 0.19 g
Protein: 0.84 g
After going through the above nutritional information about Cantaloupes, you can easily adjust these to your doggo’s diet based on its daily dietary requirement.
However, it is pretty clear that even being a low calorific food, it is high in sugar content.
Note: Don’t give Cantaloupe to your Diabetic dog without consulting a Vet.
On the other hand, being abundant in fiber, Cantaloupes can also affect the dog’s bowel movement. Thus, if your pup already has loose bowel flow, you should better avoid giving Cantaloupe to your dog or at least cut down on the quantity.
Too much Cantaloupe can cause:
- Poor Appetite
- Stomach Pain
- A rise in Sugar Levels further can lead to diabetes mellitus.
- Obesity if the quality is too much!
How To Give Cantaloupe To Dogs?
Sliced without seeds and rinds!
Avoid giving Cantaloupe skin/Rinds to your dog because;
Rinds are hard to chew, swallow, and even digest.
Besides being hard to digest, Cantaloupes can also cause harmful choking during swallowing and irritation in the stomach.
The harmful bacteria on the skin can also cause dangerous infections in dogs.
Feeding a cantaloupe full of seeds may result in choking, stomach pain, and ingestion. Hereby, it’s better to feed them a seedless cantaloupe.
You can also experiment with various recipes to make Cantaloupe treats more joyful for your dog.
Can Dogs Eat Honeydew?
Like every other melon, dogs can eat honeydew in moderate amounts without seeds and rinds if they are not allergic to it. Additionally, a Diabetic dog can eat honeydew only after a Vet’s approval.
About Post Author
Darren M. Jorgensen has a fondness for all animals, though dogs especially, have a huge home in his heart. He enjoys quilting, making handcrafted soap and bodyworks and anything that produces practical products. Jorgensen lives with his own service dog who doubles as an Emotional Support Animal. He gets it.