As a dog owner, it can be tricky to keep track of which fruits and vegetables are okay for your canine companion to consume. So, can dogs eat cantaloupe? Yes, in moderation.
The tasty melon is safe for pups and can be a healthy alternative to traditional treats, especially if your dog is overweight. Even the seeds are harmless, but you should avoid feeding them to your dog intentionally, as they can be a choking hazard.
Is Cantaloupe Good for Dogs?
Cantaloupe is an excellent source of dietary fiber, vitamins B6, A, and C, niacin, folate, 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.
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 promote healthy digestion and prevent constipation and dehydration.
The Dangers of Eating Cantaloupe
There are some risks associated with feeding cantaloupe to dogs. Cantaloupe rinds, like watermelon rinds, can cause gastrointestinal upset and become impacted in your dog’s digestive tract. These tough, fibrous skins are also a choking hazard.
Like any treat, cantaloupe should be fed in moderation. Too many treats, on top of a healthy diet, can lead to canine obesity. This fruit is also high in sugar and may not be a good choice for diabetic dogs. If you have questions or concerns about feeding your dog cantaloupe, consult a veterinarian.
Here at the AKC, we field many queries from anxious dog owners about what is and isn’t safe for their canine companions to eat. Questions range from the obvious (“Can dogs eat steak bones?”) to the trendy (“Can dogs eat quinoa?”) Check out more “Can dogs eat…” articles on AKC.org to see what foods could be harmful to your dog, including cherries, avocados, and onions.