Watermelon is a popular food among humans, and for good reason—it’s nutrient-rich and low-cost. That’s why many Chihuahua owners wonder if they can feed watermelons for their Chihuahuas. The short answer is “Yes,” you can feed watermelons for your Chihuahuas. But there are lots of questions that need answering before you decide whether this is the right decision for your pup.
We’ll go through every question regarding feeding watermelons to Chihuahuas so that you can make an informed decision about whether this is something you want to try with your pup. Let’s start with the most important question:
Are watermelons safe for Chihuahuas?
Watermelon is a nutritious and healthy fruit. It’s very high in vitamin A, vitamin C, potassium, calcium and magnesium. But only the flesh of the watermelon is safe and nutritious—we do not recommend the rind and seeds for Chihuahuas.
If you want to feed your Chihuahua watermelon, it’s best to introduce it slowly so that he doesn’t eat too much at once. Also, if you’re feeding him watermelon for the first time, watch for any abnormal signs like vomiting or diarrhea. If they occur, stop feeding him watermelon immediately.
Rare but some Chihuahuas can show a food intolerance or allergic reaction when they eat too much watermelon at once.
Benefits of watermelons in Chihuahuas
Moisture: Watermelons are 92% water, which means they’re a great way to hydrate your Chihuahua on hot days.
Vitamins A: Watermelons are packed with vitamin A, which is important for healthy eyesight and skin.
Vitamin B Complex: Watermelons contain vitamins B6, thiamine, and niacin—all of which are essential for your Chihuahua’s body.
Vitamin C: This essential vitamin is good for healing wounds, preventing scurvy, and keeping your Chihuahua’s immune system strong.
Lycopene: Lycopene is an antioxidant found in watermelon that helps prevent cancer in humans and Chihuahuas alike!
Potassium: This mineral helps regulate your Chihuahua’s blood pressure, heart rate, and metabolism—not to mention it helps prevent muscle cramps.
Do all Chihuahuas like watermelons?
Unfortunately, no. There are a lot of reasons your Chihuahua may not like watermelon, but it’s important to remember that Chihuahuas have food preferences just like we do—and sometimes they don’t care for certain foods.
If you’re concerned that your Chihuahua isn’t getting enough nutrients from their food, talk to your vet about how much they should eat and if they should eat something else instead.
Some Chihuahuas can be allergic to watermelon, so make sure you consult with your vet before introducing a new food to them.
Can my Chihuahuas have watermelons every day?
There’s no rule on how often Chihuahuas can eat watermelon, but we recommend you to vary the treats because your Chihuahuas can get bored. Also, different treats contain different nutrients and ingredients, so it’s better to give them a variety of fruits and vegetables instead of just one kind.
Watermelon contains digestive enzymes that can help with digestion. It also contains lycopene, an antioxidant that may help prevent cancer (especially prostate cancer) in humans but not necessarily in Chihuahuas.
The only thing you need to do is make sure your Chihuahua doesn’t have any allergy or intolerance to watermelon before giving it to him/her.
Can Chihuahua puppies eat watermelons?
We do not recommend watermelons for puppies under the age of two months.
Puppies have a delicate digestive system, and it’s important that they’re on a specialized puppy diet during the first two months. This is because certain nutrients in their bodies have not yet been fully developed, and they need to be fed a diet that will help them grow properly.
Once your puppy is two months old, you can start adding small bites of watermelon to his diet once or twice a week. Be sure to consult with your vet first before introducing any new foods into your puppy’s diet.
How much watermelon can Chihuahuas eat?
Watermelon is a delicious summer treat for humans and pups alike, but how much watermelon can Chihuahuas eat?
The answer depends on the age, size and activity level of your Chihuahua. You should always consult with your vet first for the best serving size. A general rule of thumb is: Smaller pup breed (<20 lbs) 1/2 cup diced watermelon flesh, Large pup breed (>20 lbs) 1 cup diced watermelon flesh.
Portion control is important for your Chihuahua’s diet and treats. Start small and if there are no adverse reactions, you can offer more. Always follow the rule: Your Chihuahuas need a completely balanced diet. All treats combined should not be over 10% of the total diet.
How to serve watermelons to your Chihuahuas?
Watermelon is a great summer treat for Chihuahuas and humans alike. But it’s important to make sure you’re serving your Chihuahua watermelon in a way that’s safe and healthy.
First, check with your vet before serving any new food to your Chihuahua. Watermelon may cause diarrhea in some Chihuahuas, so it’s important to monitor their stool after they eat fruit—especially if they’re not used to eating it.
Organic watermelons are best—they’re typically pesticide-free and grown without chemical fertilizers or preservatives. They also are more expensive than nonorganic varieties, but if you can afford it, the additional cost might be worth it for you and your Chihuahua’s health (and happiness!).
When serving watermelon chunks, it’s best to freeze them first so that they don’t raise the temperature of your Chihuahua’s mouth too much when he bites down on them. Pureeing the flesh into a smoothie or adding it as an ingredient in other treats (like cookies) is another option if you want to make sure there aren’t any sharp seeds or rinds in the mix! And finally, dehydrating slices of whole fruit into chewy treats is another great way to preserve the goodness of this seasonal treat.
When are watermelons bad for Chihuahuas?
Watermelons are good for Chihuahuas, but they can be harmful sometimes.
The rind, seeds and skin of a watermelon all contain a compound called citrulline, which can cause stomach upset in Chihuahuas. The most common symptoms of this are vomiting and diarrhea.
Watermelon seeds and rinds are harmful for Chihuahuas as they can be choking hazard and can cause digestive disorders.
Chihuahuas with diabetes should also avoid eating too much watermelon at once because it contains sugar.
What happens when your Chihuahuas eat too much watermelon?
Eating too much watermelon is bad for your Chihuahua.
Diarrhea: Eating too much watermelon can cause diarrhea in Chihuahuas, which can be harmful if your Chihuahua continues to eat it. Diarrhea can cause dehydration and other issues that can be life-threatening for your Chihuahua.
Constipation: Eating too much watermelon can also cause constipation in Chihuahuas, which can also be harmful if your Chihuahua continues to eat it. Constipation can cause inflammation of the colon and other issues that can be life-threatening for your Chihuahua.
Abdominal pain: Chihuahuas who eat too much watermelon may experience abdominal pain, which may occur immediately or days after eating watermelon. Vomiting or diarrhea may accompany abdominal pain, but sometimes these symptoms are not present when a Chihuahua is experiencing abdominal pain from eating too much watermelon.
Choking hazard: Watermelons could pose a choking hazard if Chihuahuas or children swallow them with rinds and seeds.
Other human foods Chihuahuas can eat
What other human foods can Chihuahuas eat? Here is a list of some other human foods your Chihuahua can eat.
So, can Chihuahuas eat watermelons?
Yes, Chihuahuas can eat watermelons. Watermelons are rich in vitamins C and A and lycopene, making it an excellent treat for Chihuahuas. However, remove the rind and seeds before feeding it to your Chihuahua—they can cause intestinal blockages if swallowed. It is also important to follow the 90/10 rule when feeding your Chihuahua watermelon: If a piece of watermelon is 90% edible for you, then that same piece should be 90% edible for your Chihuahua.
You should also consider how much of this fruit you give your canine companion: Don’t overfeed. Follow the above mentioned serving size.