Watermelon is a popular food among humans, and it’s no surprise that it’s also one of the most popular foods to feed to Bichon Frises. This juicy fruit is nutrient rich, so it can be a great addition to your Bichon Frise’s diet. It’s also low cost and easy to find at any grocery store!
But there are some things you should know before feeding watermelon to your pup. Let’s start with the most common question: Can Bichon Frises eat watermelon? The short answer is ‘’Yes’’, you can feed watermelons for your Bichon Frises. But there are lots of other questions that need answering before you let your furry friend munch on this delicious fruit.
Are watermelons safe for Bichon Frises?
As a Bichon Frise owner, you may have heard that watermelon is safe for Bichon Frises. But are watermelons really safe for Bichon Frises? The answer depends on whether you’re talking about the flesh of the watermelon or other parts of this fruit.
The flesh of the watermelon is safe for your Bichon Frise to eat. In fact, it’s actually very nutritious and good for them. However, not all parts of the watermelon are safe to eat—the seeds and rinds can be toxic if eaten by Bichon Frises.
It is best not to feed your Bichon Frise too much watermelon at once, as they may get diarrhea or vomiting from eating too much at one time. If you are feeding for the first time, watch for any abnormal signs. Contact your vet if they show any abnormal signs like allergy or hyperactivity.
Benefits of watermelons in Bichon Frises
Watermelons are a great summer treat for Bichon Frises, but they can also be beneficial to your Bichon Frise year-round. Watermelons contain:
Moisture – Watermelons are a good source of moisture that keeps your Bichon Frise hydrated.
Vitamins A – Watermelons contain vitamin A, which is important for healthy eyesight in Bichon Frises.
Vitamin B Complex – Watermelons are rich in vitamins B1 and B5, which help support the immune system and aid in digestion.
Vitamin C – Drinking watermelon juice is great for Bichon Frises because it contains vitamin C, which wards off illnesses like colds or the flu.
Lycopene – Lycopene is a powerful antioxidant found in watermelon that may help prevent cancer and other diseases by protecting cells from free radical damage.
Potassium – Potassium helps regulate blood pressure and heart function by balancing sodium levels in the body’s cells.
Do all Bichon Frises like watermelons?
Unfortunately, no, not all Bichon Frises like watermelon. Your Bichon Frise may not like it because of their food preferences. Some Bichon Frises can be allergic to watermelon, so don’t force them to eat it if they don’t want to. Instead, try other Bichon Frise friendly fruits like bananas, apples, or carrots. Consult with your vet before introducing a new food to your puppy.
Can my Bichon Frises have watermelons every day?
Yes, you can feed your Bichon Frise watermelons every day if they like them. But we recommend you vary your treats because Bichon Frises can get bored. Also, different treats contain different nutrients, so it’s good to mix it up.
There is no rule on how often you should feed your Bichon Frise watermelons, but we recommend that you only give it occasionally as a treat.
Can Bichon Frise puppies eat watermelons?
Yes, but only after two months of age.
Puppies should be on a specialized puppy diet during the first two months and then start with just a small bite of watermelon once or twice a week. However, be careful that your puppy’s digestive system can be delicate and it might not handle the watermelon. Consult with your vet before introducing any new food to your puppy’s diet.
How much watermelon can Bichon Frises eat?
Watermelon is safe for most Bichon Frises when eaten in small amounts, but not all breeds are the same. Smaller pup breeds like Bichon Frise (<20 lbs) should only be given 1/2 cup diced watermelon flesh, while larger pup breeds (>20 lbs) can have 1 cup diced watermelon flesh. It’s important to note that the amount of watermelon you feed your Bichon Frise will depend on their age, size and activity level as well.
If your Bichon Frise has adverse reactions to eating watermelon, discontinue feeding it immediately and contact your vet.
How to serve watermelons to your Bichon Frises?
The best way to serve watermelons to your Bichon Frises is to check with your vet first, then feed them organic and clean it properly.
Bichon Frises love watermelon! Here are some ideas for serving it to them:
Chunk – You can use the fruit as is, or you can cube it for easier consumption.
Frozen chunk – Frozen chunks are great for hot days or for Bichon Frises who don’t like their food too cold. Just make sure that you don’t give them too much at once so they don’t get diarrhea.
Puree the flesh – Pureeing the flesh makes it easier for your Bichon Frise to digest and eat. You could also add some peanut butter, yogurt or cottage cheese to make it even more delicious!
Watermelon ice cream – If you want something a bit more special than just plain old watermelon, try making some watermelon ice cream! This makes an excellent summer treat any time of day—just let your Bichon Frise lick their bowl clean when they’re done eating.
When are watermelons bad for Bichon Frises?
Watermelons are actually pretty good for Bichon Frises, but there are a few things to keep in mind.
First, if your Bichon Frise has any underlying health issues like allergies or diabetes, you should probably not give him watermelon. Bichon Frises with these conditions are more likely to experience an adverse reaction to the fruit’s sugar content and the acids in the rinds.
Second, if your Bichon Frise is overweight or obese (which unfortunately is common), watermelon shouldn’t be his go-to snack food. It contains sugar that could contribute to weight gain and other health problems.
Third, even though watermelons don’t have many seeds, they’re not great for Bichon Frises because they can be hard on their digestive system and cause diarrhea. The rinds can also cause stomach upset when eaten in large quantities. So make sure you monitor how much your Bichon Frise consumes when he eats a whole watermelon.
What happens when your Bichon Frises eat too much watermelon?
Bichon Frises eating too much watermelon can have the following symptoms.
Diarrhea: Bichon Frises who eat too much watermelon will have loose stools.
Constipation: Eating too much watermelon can cause constipation, which is when your Bichon Frise has hard stools that are difficult to pass.
Abdominal pain: Eating too much watermelon could cause abdominal pain. This is especially true if you feed your Bichon Frise an entire watermelon at once (though it’s rare for Bichon Frises to eat that much).
Choking hazard: Watermelons are a choking hazard for Bichon Frises because seeds and rinds can lodge in the esophageal area.
Other human foods Bichon Frises can eat
What other human foods can Bichon Frises eat? Here is a list of some other human foods your Bichon Frises can eat.
So, can Bichon Frises eat watermelons?
Watermelons are a great treat for Bichon Frises, but only if they’re cut up and the seeds and rinds removed. Watermelons are rich in antioxidants, which help strengthen the immune system and protect against inflammation. They also contain vitamins A, B6 and C—all of which promote healthy skin and a shiny coat.
Watermelons should be given in moderation, however. Too much watermelon can cause diarrhea or constipation, so it’s important to follow the 90/10 rule: 90% of your Bichon Frise’s diet should come from high-quality food made specifically for Bichon Frises (like [product name]) 10% can come from treats like watermelon.