Can Maltese Eat Watermelon?

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Watermelons seem like a perfect treat — they’re nutritious, hydrating, and everyone seems to enjoy them, especially on a hot summer day. But do they offer the same benefits to our dogs? And can Maltese eat watermelon, too?

Here’s what you need to know.

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Health benefits of watermelon

By itself, watermelon is safe and healthy for dogs.

This juicy fruit is an excellent source of vitamins A and C, which are essential for maintaining a strong immune system and promoting healthy skin and coat. It’s also very low in calories, making it an ideal option for dogs that need to manage their weight.

And since watermelon is composed of 90% water, it may even help keep your dog’s digestive system functioning properly and prevent dehydration.

Potential risks

While watermelon can be a refreshing treat, there are certain risks and precautions to keep in mind.

One primary concern is the presence of seeds in watermelon. Seeds can cause intestinal blockages if ingested in large quantities, so make sure to deseed the fruit before offering it to your dog.

Additionally, the tough green skin of the fruit (rind) should be removed as it can be difficult for dogs to digest and may pose a choking hazard.

The sugar content in watermelon might also not sit well with all Maltese dogs, especially those with underlying health conditions like diabetes. For this reason, it’s always wise to consult with your veterinarian before making significant dietary changes for your furry companion.

Can Maltese eat watermelon every day?

As with any fruit or new food introduction, moderation is key.

Generally, it’s recommended to feed your Maltese no more than 10% of their daily caloric intake in treats or extras, including fruits. For a small Maltese weighing around 5 pounds, this would equate to approximately 1-2 small pieces of watermelon per day.

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This way, you can avoid potential digestive issues like diarrhea and keep their sugar intake in check.

If you’re introducing watermelon to your Maltese for the first time, it’s always a good idea to monitor their reaction and watch for any signs of allergies or sensitivities.

How to safely prepare and serve watermelon

  • Start by washing the watermelon thoroughly to remove any dirt or pesticides on the skin.
  • After washing, place the watermelon on a clean cutting board and slice it in half.
  • Cut the watermelon into chunks and store the remaining half in the refrigerator for later use.
  • Using a sharp knife, carefully remove the rind and seeds from the watermelon chunks.
  • You can then cut the watermelon into smaller pieces (around 1-2 inch cubes).
  • Store the cut watermelon pieces in an airtight container in the refrigerator to keep them fresh.

Serving ideas

One creative way to introduce watermelon to your dog is by making frozen watermelon treats. Not only does this provide a cooling sensation that can be especially beneficial during warmer months, but it also adds an element of fun to their snack time.

Another option is mixing finely diced pieces of watermelon with their regular food as an occasional topping – adding both flavor and moisture to their meal.

Can Maltese drink watermelon juice?

Watermelon juice contains the same nutrients as the fruit itself, but it also contains a higher concentration of sugar so it’s best to offer it only on special occasions.

That said, always use fresh, pure juice without added sugars or artificial sweeteners. You can even dilute it with water to reduce the natural sugar content (a good rule of thumb is to mix one part watermelon juice with three parts water).

In summary

Yes, Maltese can eat watermelon. It’s not only a good source of hydration, but it’s also low in calories and high in vitamins A and C. However, potential risks such as the presence of seeds and natural sugars should be kept in mind.

Just as with any other fruit or treat, it’s important to offer watermelon in moderation and consult with your veterinarian if you have any concerns about your dog’s diet.

About the author

Li-ran Bukovza

Li-ran believes that our dogs can teach us more than we could ever teach them. He's fascinated by the dog-human bond and loves researching and writing about new pet trends. With the help of Richie (his trusty Maltese sidekick), he hopes to help as many people as possible understand the beautiful, complex world of canine companionship.