The short answer: Yes, but in moderation.
The long answer: Also known as cantaloupe, melon is a delicious fruit that’s high in water and nutrients, such as vitamins A and C, fiber, and potassium. It can be safely consumed by your dog, but since it contains loads of natural sugar, you should limit the quantity you serve to him. Too much melon can make your dog’s stool soft or even cause diarrhea.
How to feed melon to your dog: Wash the outer surface completely with cold water, making sure to remove the surface dirt. With a clean knife, cut the melon into smaller, bite-sized pieces.
Remove the thick outer skin, stem, and seeds of the melon because these are not digestible. Worse, they can block your dog’s throat and/or intestinal tract. Be sure to dispose of the skin properly, so your dog doesn’t gain access to it in the trash and chew on it.
Do not serve him commercially produced melon juices, smoothies, or shakes as they may have high amounts of sugar, which can alter the bacteria levels found in your dog’s stomach.
Here are three ideas for melon treats your dog will love:
- Make dog-friendly ice cream using melon and yogurt (as long as his stomach can handle dairy).
- Serve two to three refrigerated melon cubes to your pup after a tiring walk.
- Let your pup cool down with frozen treats made with strawberry, cucumber, and melon.
In summary: Mix up your dog’s dietary intake by occasionally feeding him a few pieces of ripe melon. This refreshing fruit delivers antioxidants that help with his overall health, but too much of it may cause loose stool. To be on the safe side, consult with your veterinarian before giving him melon. Your dog does not really need fruits in his diet, but he will surely appreciate being served this sweet, juicy treat once in a while.