Most people hold the misinformed view that feeding a dog watermelon can lead to health issues. The truth is that dogs, just like you, need to eat a balanced diet for them to live healthy lives, and watermelon is an essential component of that diet. Watermelon contains nutrients that are beneficial to the dog’s heart. This is especially important in today’s world where obesity among dogs is rising, just like it has shot up among humans. This is mainly due to the in-house and sedentary lifestyle that dogs are exposed to nowadays. Now that you know that feeding your dog watermelon is healthy, the next thing you are probably worried about is the quantity. How much is too much when it comes to feeding your dog watermelon?
Well, one thing you need to understand is that watermelon is 90% water. This means you can feed your dog as much watermelon as s/he wants without much of a negative impact on health. The dog will get all the health benefits that come with watermelons while at the same staying hydrated. It’s a win-win for your dog since staying hydrated is also an important facet to a healthy life both for you and your dog.
Interestingly, dogs can eat many other fruits and vegetables as well, and you would do well by incorporating them into their diet. Some of the fruits and vegetables that you should consider feeding your dog besides watermelons are as below:
Did you know that dogs can eat carrots? This usually comes as a surprise to many, but dogs can indeed eat carrots. They love them. They love chewing on them just like they do to balls and other play toys. The difference is that the dog gets vitamins and other minerals while also keeping the teeth clean by gnawing on the carrot.
You are probably hearing this for the first time that dogs can eat apples. By chewing on Apple, the dog can keep its teeth clean while also ingesting some valuable nutrients. Apples help maintain cholesterol levels low, which is essential in avoiding diabetes. Apples also create the illusion of fullness, which makes the dog eat less. As such, it can eat less, while getting the nutrients it needs. This is especially important for dogs that spend most of their time indoors and are most prone to obesity and possible heart problems.
Just like you, dogs can benefit a lot from eating blueberries. That’s because they are rich in antioxidants, helping repair damaged cells and keeping the dog’s blood sugar in check. This makes blueberries most important to dogs that are mostly indoors and prone to blood sugar issues due to their sedentary lifestyles.
Broccoli is another vegetable that you should seriously consider feeding to your dog. You probably didn’t know this, but broccoli can give your dog a wide array of health benefits, key among them being the prevention of anti-inflammation, especially in older dogs. In essence, you would be giving your dog a better quality of life all through.