Can Dogs Eat Cantaloupe? Benefits + Cautions

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Everyone wants what is best for their pet. If you’re a dog person, you understand this well.

To many dog owners a good dog isn’t a pet but more like a four-legged member of the family. Because of this, you always want to be careful with what you feed them.

While many dogs will vacuum up any type of table scraps you toss out, that doesn’t mean those foods are good for him or her.

Yes, But…

When it comes to the question of “Can dogs eat cantaloupe?” The results seem to be in. The very short version is this: Moderate amounts of cantaloupe are okay for the dog to eat [1], but they should not eat the rinds under any condition.

We’ll dive more into the details in this article so you will know everything you need to know when it comes to your favorite four-legged friends and cantaloupe.

Benefits of Cantaloupe for Dogs

a happy dog

There are undeniable benefits that can come adding some cantaloupe into your dog’s diets, albeit in moderation [2]. Studies have shown that cantaloupe has a wide variety of positives [3]. One that jumps out immediately is that this type of melon can really help with your dog’s eyesight & vision.

In addition to the proven obvious benefits that come with better eye sight, cantaloupe provides a wide spread of vitamins that the dog’s body can absorb and make positive use of.

In particular, cantaloupe is a great way for a dog to get solid doses of Vitamin A, Vitamin B-6, Vitamin C, Beta Carotene, Folate, Niacin, Potassium, and of course fiber for digestion.

These are all very important for the overall health of a dog, and the fact that these melons have a high percentage of water which is important for hydration.

Many of these vitamins also contain antioxidants that help with healthier cells, keeping the dog’s internal systems working at their fully healthy finest, and some even help with keeping cancer cells at bay.

There’s a reason that cantaloupe is healthy for both people and canines, and why it is a type of fruit that gets a lot of attention. There are undeniable benefits to throwing in a little bit of cantaloupe here and there.

Beware: Cantaloupe Rinds

cantaloupe rindds

That being said, not everything revolving around cantaloupe is positive. One of the big ones is that cantaloupe rinds can be dangerous for animals to eat, especially in large amounts [4].

This is very similar to watermelon rinds, which have a reputation for being an issue (and with good reason).

Basically, not only are the rinds of a cantaloupe a potential choking hazard, but cantaloupe rinds are hard on the digestion system and can cause gas, gastrointestinal pains and issues, or even become impacted in your dog’s digestive track.

None of these are good things and aside from being painful and unpleasant, in large amounts these problems can even become a serious health issue.

That’s why it’s extremely important to separate the fruit of the melon itself from the rinds before feeding it to your favorite canine.

Moderation is Key

Even going through the important motions of separating the rind from the melon itself, it’s important to make sure you’re not feeding too much. While some cantaloupe here and there can be a good thing as a nice little treat, don’t make it a consistent part of the diet.

a tiny dog

There are several reasons for this. For one, cantaloupe is a high-energy fruit meaning it has a lot of sugar in it and while sugar can be energy, that doesn’t translate as easily with canines.

They need their protein and fat, so more of that sugar is likely to become body fat if they get fed too much.

In addition to that while cantaloupe has a burst of good nutrients that can be a great occasional addition to the diet, it is also important to note that this still is not a species-specific type of food.

In other words, it’s great as an occasional add-on but each animal is built to thrive upon eating certain types of foods.

If a dog eats too much cantaloupe, they’re going to be full and not eat nearly as much of the dog food that is actually designed with their species-specific nutritional needs in mind.

That means despite getting a burst of vitamins they will be lacking in other nutrients they need.

Either that, or the dog will eat even more to make up for the deficits, which means gaining weight and getting fat, which will cancel out most of the positive benefits that the cantaloupe would have given to them anyway. Moderation matters, particularly with a healthy dog diet.

Summary

A little bit of cantaloupe can go a long way towards better canine health. In fact, among the many fruits/veggies that are acceptable for dogs to eat, cantaloupe will appear on virtually every Top 10 list as one of the best options available.

While this is a good thing that old saying of it’s the sizzle not the steak is how you should look at it here. As an occasional snack, an occasional reward, something to really mix in a little bit extra with the same old meals, cantaloupe can be an excellent choice for feeding your dog.

However, all the proper precautions need to be taken and as long as this is done to keep rinds completely out of the picture while also keeping things in moderation and this can be a delightful change of pace and little bit of a treat.

The vitamins that come with cantaloupe have shown to help promote healthy cell function in dogs, helps them stay hydrated on those hot summer days after they’ve been running around, and even may help preventing or putting off certain diseases in some species.

This is a great combination of benefits so if you find yourself still a bit nervous about feeding your dog cantaloupe, don’t be.

A little bit of this delicious orange fruit can go a long way towards boosting your favorite dog’s health.

Resources

  1. 10 Beset Fruits and Vegetables for Dogs, Pet Central. Retrieved from https://petcentral.chewy.com/nutrition-pet-diet-tips-10-best-fruits-vegetables-for-dogs/
  2. Can Dogs Eat Cantaloupe? American Kennel Club. Retrieved at https://www.akc.org/expert-advice/nutrition/can-dogs-eat-cantaloupe/
  3. Annette McDermott, 7 Nutritious Benefits of Eating Cantaloupe, Healthline. Retrieved at https://www.healthline.com/health/food-nutrition/benefits-of-cantaloupe
  4. Cecily Sailer, Can My Dog Eat Cantaloupe Rind? Rover.com. Retrieved at https://www.rover.com/blog/can-dog-eat-cantaloupe-rind/

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