Yorkies can eat watermelon and it is a great way to give them some added hydration on a hot summer’s day. However, you should limit the amount of watermelon you give them to the level of sugar in the fruit.
In this article we will be exploring whether or not you can give Yorkies watermelon, the pros and cons of giving your dog watermelon, as well as how much watermelon you should be giving your Yorkie.
Table of Contents
- Can my Yorkie eat watermelon?
- What are the health benefits of watermelon for Yorkies?
- Can watermelon be bad for Yorkies?
- How much watermelon can my Yorkie eat?
- Can dogs eat the rind on watermelons?
- Can Yorkies eat watermelon seeds?
- Is frozen watermelon good for dogs?
- What types of melon can dogs eat?
- Can diabetic dogs eat watermelon?
- Can I give my dog watermelon every day?
- What fruits can Yorkies not eat?
Can my Yorkie eat watermelon?
Yes, Yorkies can eat watermelon and it is a great way to ensure that they stay hydrated, especially if they are refusing to drink water or it is a hot day in the summer.
However, you should always make sure that you properly prepare the watermelon for your dog so that it does not pose any risks.
For example, you will need to remove all of the seeds from the watermelon as well as the rind.
What are the health benefits of watermelon for Yorkies?
Watermelon is actually considered to be a superfood and as such is a great treat to give to your Yorkie.
Not only does watermelon contain a lot of water, making it a very healthy treat for your dog but it also is high in fiber and other important nutrients.
Watermelon is packed full of antioxidants as well as vitamin B6, vitamins A, vitamin C and potassium all of which contribute to your dog’s overall health.
Watermelon also contains lycopene which is the chemical that gives watermelon its red color and which has also been linked to preventing cancer in dogs and aiding their eyesight.
Can watermelon be bad for Yorkies?
Although watermelon is 92% water that does not mean that it is entirely safe for your Yorkie to eat. The main problem that giving your dog watermelon poses is having to remove the seeds.
Although eating a couple of seeds is generally not harmful to your dog if you give your dog an entire slice of watermelon to eat they may ingest a lot of seeds.
These watermelon seeds can cause your dog’s digestive system to become blocked and this is a much bigger risk for small dogs such as Yorkies.
Giving your dog too much watermelon is another problem as it can lead to diabetes and stomach issues. As such treats, such as watermelon, should only make up a total of 10% of your dog’s diet.
Although watermelon is high in sugar it is also high in fiber meaning that their bodies break down the sugar slower, making it safer for them to consume.
How much watermelon can my Yorkie eat?
As a general rule of thumb giving your dog one cup of watermelon per day should be enough to ensure that they are getting all of the health benefits of watermelon without giving them too much.
If your dog is particularly well-hydrated then you may not need to give them this much watermelon. Alternatively, if your dog is overheating, for example, from the sun, then consider giving them more to combat this.
Can dogs eat the rind on watermelons?
No, dogs cannot eat the rind on watermelons. The reason for this is that the skin is very thick and tough and dogs will have trouble breaking this down in their digestive system.
However, the light green section of the rind is still soft enough for your dog to chew on.
If your dog does chew on and eat the hard, dark green, section of the rind then it can lead to blockages in their digestive system as their body cannot cope with it and break it down.
Can Yorkies eat watermelon seeds?
No, Yorkies cannot eat watermelon seeds as their bodies are unable to digest them which can lead to blockages.
With dogs in general a few watermelon seeds are not considered to be dangerous but because of the fact that Yorkies are small means that even a couple can cause issues.
If your Yorkie can consumed any watermelon seeds you will need to keep an eye on them and then take them to the vet if you notice that they have any stomach issues or other symptoms.
Is frozen watermelon good for dogs?
Yes, dogs can eat frozen watermelon and it is a great way to help cool them down in the hot summer’s heat. It is also a good way to help improve your dog’s oral health as they will need to chew.
Remember that you should still control the amount of watermelon that you are giving your dog. If you are using frozen watermelon to cool your dog down look at additional methods such as a cold blanket.
What types of melon can dogs eat?
In addition to watermelons, dogs can also eat other types of melon, which are also very high in water and other important nutrients.
As well as watermelons, dogs can also eat cantaloupe and honeydew and they make great alternatives to watermelon if you notice that your dog is getting sick of watermelon.
Can diabetic dogs eat watermelon?
If your dog is diabetic then you should always consult with the vet before introducing a new food, especially if it is watermelon.
Any foods that are high in sugar, especially fruits, should be limited and only given in moderation as this can cause further health issues.
Can I give my dog watermelon every day?
Yes, you can give your dog watermelon every day but it is always best to make sure that you give your dog a wide variety of different treats, including fruits.
By changing up your dog’s diet you will ensure that they get all of the vitamins and minerals that they need to keep them healthy.
What fruits can Yorkies not eat?
Although watermelon is a great treat for dogs there are some fruits they are should not be given. These fruits include grapes and raisins, figs, avocados and any fruits that contain pits such as cherries and nectarines.
My name is Ken and I’m one of the staff writers at Petloverguy.com. I’ve cared for pets most of my life starting with hamsters, turtles, and snakes. Then moving up to parakeets, guinea pigs, and even ducks.
I currently live with two yorkies and a chihuahua mix.