People love watermelons.
And dogs seem to enjoy them too.
But can Pomeranians eat watermelon?
In this article you’ll find out:
- 3 hidden dangers when your Pomeranian eats melon.
- What effect seeds and rinds can have on the health of your Pom.
- Why it’s a good idea to cut watermelon in cubes and how to do it fast.
- The 10% rule that makes the difference between doing your Pom more bad than good.
- And more…
Table of contents
- Can Pomeranians eat watermelon?
- Why watermelons make a great snack for your Pom
- Dangers of feeding your Pomeranian watermelon
- The right amount of watermelon to feed to your Pom (the 10% rule)
- Signs that your Pomeranian ate too much watermelon
- How to feed watermelon to your Pom
- Interesting (and fun) facts about watermelons
- Other melons
Can Pomeranians eat watermelon?
Pomeranians can eat watermelon. Watermelon contains vitamin A, vitamin B6, vitamin C, potassium and is rich in fiber. This makes it a perfect snack for your Pom. Just make sure your Pom doesn’t eat the seeds and rinds, since they can cause an intestinal blockage.
However, before feeding watermelon to your Pom…
…there are some important things you should know (the 10% rule which I reveal in this article is especially important).
Why watermelons make a great snack for your Pom
A lot of websites tell you about which nutrients watermelons contain. But if you’re in the situation I was in (before I started doing research), you probably have no clue why those nutrients are good for your Pom.
So that’s why I want to start with…
|What watermelons contain:||Why this is beneficial for your Pom:|
|Vitamin A.||Helps to keep your Pom’s coat and skin healthy.|
|Vitamin B6.||Helps a lot of body functions of your Pom, such as hormone regulation, red blood cell function, and so forth.|
|Potassium.||Helps with the health of your Poms’s heart (as you can imagine, this is super important).|
|Fiber.||Helps your Pom with digestion.|
Watermelon also contains vitamin C (this can help old and sick Poms if their liver doesn’t produce vitamin C naturally). And they are fat and cholesterol-free.
I hope this helps you to understand why watermelons can be good for your Pom.
Now, before we start talking about the possible dangers of watermelon, I highly recommend that you watch this video:
(In this video you’ll see 3 cute Pomeranians eating watermelon 🙂 )
And after you’ve watched it (I bet it made you smile, right?), let’s continue with…
Dangers of feeding your Pomeranian watermelon
There are a few dangers that are important to talk about:
#1: Seeds and rinds can be life-threatening to your Pom
Seeds and rinds can cause an intestinal blockage and should be avoided at all times.
Important: Did your Pom consume watermelon seeds and rinds (also known as the skin)? In this case, it’s best to go to the vet as soon as possible.
#2: Watermelons contain dietary fiber
I know. Earlier in this article, I talked about how fiber can be beneficial for your Pom’s digestive system. And this is 100% true.
However, too much dietary fiber can have negative side-effects for your Pomeranian (it’s kinda like that proverb ‘too much of a good thing is bad for you’… or in this case… for your Pom).
#3: Watermelons contain sugar
It’s not a secret that fruits contain a lot of sugar. Watermelon is no exception (they contain around 6% sugar).
In the short-term, excessive sugar consumption can lead to an upset stomach.
And in the long-term it can cause:
- Tooth decay.
- Weight gain.
- Diabetes (yeah, Poms and all other dogs for that matter, can get diabetes too).
This is why it’s important that your Pom doesn’t eat too much watermelon, which brings us to:
The right amount of watermelon to feed to your Pom (the 10% rule)
To be completely transparent:
There isn’t any science behind this rule.
However, a lot of dog experts and vets tend to agree on the 10% rule.
This rule basically states that your Pom’s daily calorie intake should consist of:
- Normal dog food (90%).
- Snacks (10%).
As you might have guessed, watermelons fall into the snack category.
So you should make sure that watermelons (or other fruits) aren’t part of your Pom’s main diet.
Signs that your Pomeranian ate too much watermelon
Here are some signs that indicate your Pom ate too much watermelon:
- Yelping (or whining).
- Lack of appetite (or not eating like usual).
If your Pom shows any of these signs, it’s best to visit your vet as soon as possible. Explain exactly what happened to your vet, so they can help your Pom as well and as fast as they can.
How to feed watermelon to your Pom
Due to the 92% water content, watermelon makes a great snack in the summer.
To be on the safe side, it’s best to buy seed-free watermelon (if your local grocery store doesn’t have this, you can buy the regular watermelon and remove the seeds yourself).
Once you have a seedless watermelon, there are a few things you can do:
#1: Cut the watermelon in small cubes
Wait. Before you start…
Did you know there is a simple (yet brilliant and effective) way to cut your watermelon in cubes?
I think this will save you a lot of time and hassle.
However, I didn’t come up with this genius method. So I have to give credit where it’s due. I’ve learned this from Jennifer Jenner (a mini YouTube celebrity).
You can see her method in the video below:
Did you watch it? If so, I told you it’s genius!
Besides the small watermelon cubes, there is another way to prepare a delicious watermelon treat…
#2: Make watermelon ice cubes
This is one of my favorite summer treats for dogs (they’re easy to make and dogs really tend to like them).
Here’s how you can make watermelon ice cubes:
- Blend a few watermelon cubes (see video above) with water in a blender. Guideline: 50% filtered water and 50% seedless watermelon.
- Place the substance in an ice-cube holder.
- Place the ice-cube holder in your freezer.
- Wait around 3 or 4 hours.
And last but not least:
Give a watermelon ice cube to your beloved Pom :)!
Fair warning: If your Pomeranian is an aggressive chewer it’s better to avoid this treat since it could lead to your Pom breaking his teeth.
Interesting (and fun) facts about watermelons
Maybe I should stop including these interesting facts in my articles, but a lot of readers seem to like them.
And to be honest, they’re really fun to write!
So why not include them?
Here are some fun watermelon facts:
- A watermelon is classified as a fruit and as a vegetable.
- Watermelon is the most-consumed melon in the United States.
- 350.5 lbs or 159 kg. This is how much the heaviest watermelon weighed (it was grown in 2013).
- The flesh in watermelon can have the following colors: Red (no surprise here), yellow, white, orange, and green.
Ok. Enough interesting facts (for now). Let’s talk about:
Now you know that your beloved Pomeranian can safely eat watermelon (as a snack).
But there are a lot of other melons (I geeked out on this, and I discovered that there are 38 different types of melon in the world!).
So that brings us to the question:
Are there any other melons that Pomeranians can safely eat (besides watermelon)?
Yes, Pomeranians can eat multiple types of melons…
But probably you don’t want to hear me talk about 38 different types of melon (this will take hours, and most of them aren’t even available in your local grocery store).
So let’s make a deal:
Let’s only discuss the 3 most common melons (cantaloupe, galia melon, and honeydew melon), okay?
What? You said that it sounds like a good plan?
Great! I’m glad to hear that you’re so excited 🙂
Can Pomeranians eat cantaloupe?
Pomeranians can safely eat seedless-cantaloupe. In moderation, cantaloupe can serve as a healthy alternative to processed dog snacks.
Can Pomeranians eat honeydew melon?
Pomeranians can eat seedless-honeydew-melon. They contain vitamin B6, vitamin C, potassium and dietary fiber. This makes honeydew melon a perfect snack for you Pom. Just make sure that your Pom doesn’t overeat.
Can Pomeranians eat galia melon?
Galia melon is a cross between cantaloupe and honeydew melon. Since both of these melons are safe to eat for Pomeranians (in moderation), seedless-galia-melons are safe as well.
One last important note on feeding your Pom one of these other melons:
With these melons the same rules apply:
- Don’t feed too much melon to your Pom (keep the 10% rule in mind).
- Make sure that your Pom doesn’t eat the seeds or the rinds (a.k.a. the skin).
And if you’re interested in: Other types of fruit that Pomeranians can eat, simply click here
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