Watermelons are one of the most popular fruits among humans. They’re nutrient-rich, inexpensive, and delicious.
It’s no wonder that so many Doberman owners wonder if they can feed watermelons to their pups.
The short answer is “Yes,” you can feed watermelons to your Dobermans. But there are lots of questions surrounding this topic—questions that we’ll answer below. Let’s start with the most common question:
Are watermelons safe for Dobermans?
Watermelons are safe for Dobermans to eat, but only the flesh of the fruit. The rind and seeds of watermelons are not safe for Dobermans to eat.
The watermelon flesh is nutritious and healthy for Dobermans; however, it can cause digestive issues if fed in large quantities at once. If you are feeding your Doberman watermelon for the first time, watch for any abnormal signs, as they may show a food intolerance or allergic reaction. If you observe any abnormal symptoms such as vomiting, diarrhea or lethargy after feeding your Doberman watermelon, consult your veterinarian immediately.
Benefits of watermelons in Dobermans
Watermelon is a delicious treat for humans, but did you know it’s also great for your Doberman?
Here’s what you need to know about feeding watermelon to your Doberman:
Moisture: Watermelon is 92% water, so it’s a great way to keep your Doberman hydrated when it’s hot outside.
Vitamins A: Watermelon contains vitamin A, which is essential for good vision and healthy skin.
Vitamin B Complex: Watermelon is rich in B vitamins, which support your Doberman’s immune system.
Vitamin C: This vitamin helps protect against infections and promotes healing of wounds and burns.
Lycopene: Lycopene gives watermelon its red color and has been shown to reduce the risk of heart disease in humans—it may have similar benefits for pets as well!
Potassium: Potassium regulates blood pressure and keeps bones strong by helping them absorb calcium more easily.
Do all Dobermans like watermelons?
Unfortunately, no. While it’s true, that watermelons are a delicious treat for humans, not all Dobermans will like them. Some Dobermans can be allergic to watermelon, so if your Doberman is showing symptoms of an allergic reaction (hives or digestive issues), contact your vet right away and discontinue feeding any watermelon to your Doberman.
Dobermans have food preferences just like people do, so if you’ve tried feeding them watermelon before and they just didn’t seem interested in it, don’t force them to eat it. Instead, try other Doberman friendly fruits like bananas, apples, strawberries or blueberries. Consult with your vet before introducing a new food to make sure it won’t upset their stomachs.
Can my Dobermans have watermelons every day?
The short answer: yes! There’s no rule on how often Dobermans can eat watermelon.
But we recommend you to vary the treats because your Dobermans can get bored. Also, different treats contain different amounts of sugar and calories that can affect your Doberman’s health.
Watermelon is healthy for Dobermans, but it has more sugar than most other fruits and vegetables. So if your Doberman eats too much watermelon, it might gain weight or have diarrhea. This is especially true for small Dobermans who eat little food.
If you give your Doberman some watermelon treats from time to time, make sure that it doesn’t make up over 10% of their daily diet (the same rule applies to any fruit or vegetable).
Can Doberman puppies eat watermelons?
Absolutely! Watermelons are packed with vitamin A, which is necessary for healthy vision and skin. The watermelon rind contains citrulline, which can also help to improve your pup’s cardiovascular function. While the seeds are not good for your Doberman puppy to eat, they are full of protein and essential fatty acids that will keep them strong and healthy.
However, wait until your puppy is at least two months old before introducing any new foods to their diet. They specially planned puppy food to meet the unique nutritional needs of puppies during this time period. After the first two months, you can start adding small amounts of watermelon once or twice a week—just be sure to consult with your veterinarian first.
How much watermelon can Dobermans eat?
The answer to this question depends on the age, size, and activity level of your Doberman. Generally, it’s a good idea to avoid giving your Doberman any fruit or vegetable that is not a part of their regular diet—especially large amounts of watermelon.
However, if you’re considering feeding your Doberman watermelon as a treat or snack, it’s important to know that Dobermans have different caloric requirements based on factors like their age and size. This means that the amount of watermelon they can safely eat will vary from Doberman to Doberman.
For example: A small-breed pup weighing about 20 pounds probably shouldn’t eat over 1/2 cup of diced watermelon flesh at one time. That same pup could probably eat up to 1 cup of diced watermelon flesh at one time if he weighed 50 pounds or more.
When giving your Doberman any treat or snack, it’s always best to start small and increase the serving size if there are no negative side effects (like vomiting).
How to serve watermelons to your Dobermans?
Watermelons are a favorite summer treat for humans, but did you know they’re also a great treat for your Doberman?
After checking with your vet and making sure that your Doberman is healthy enough to eat watermelon, you can serve up this tasty fruit in several ways.
Feed organic only, and clean it properly. They can contaminate watermelons with pesticides, so make sure you buy organic if possible. This will help keep your Dobermans safe from harmful chemicals, and it will also help keep them healthy.
Puree the flesh: If you puree the flesh of the watermelon, you can serve it to your Doberman as a thick, sweet drink. You can also freeze chunks of watermelon and give them to your Doberman as an icy treat with added vitamins and minerals from the fruit.
Dehydrate the fruit: (minus seeds and rind) for a chewy treat! You can dehydrate chunks or slices of watermelon that have been seeded and rind-free for a treat for your pup that’s chewy and delicious.
When are watermelons bad for Dobermans?
Watermelon is a good treat for Dobermans, but only if they’re healthy and not overindulging.
If your Doberman is suffering from any underlying health issues, or if you’re concerned that they might have allergies or diabetes, watermelon can be bad for them.
Watermelons contain a lot of sugar. If your Doberman has diabetes or is overweight, avoid feeding them watermelon because it will cause them to gain even more weight and could lead to other health problems.
If your Doberman has an allergy to citrus fruits like oranges or lemons, they may also have an allergy to watermelon.
Watermelons have seeds that are dangerous for Dobermans to eat—they can get lodged in their throats and cause choking. It’s best to remove the seeds before giving them to your Doberman.
The rinds of watermelons contain citrulline, which can be harmful when eaten by Dobermans in large amounts. It can elevate creatinine level and kidney damage if ingested too often or in large quantities over time (one ripe fruit per day).
What happens when your Dobermans eat too much watermelon?
When your Doberman eats too much watermelon, he might experience some of the following symptoms:
Diarrhea: Diarrhea is a common symptom of eating too much watermelon. It can cause your Doberman to have liquid or watery stools, which are often brown.
Constipation: Constipation can be another common symptom of eating too much watermelon. The most common symptoms include a decrease in the frequency of bowel movements, hard stools, and straining during defecation.
Abdominal pain: Abdominal pain is also another common symptom of eating too much watermelon. If you notice your Doberman is not acting like himself and has developed an unusual gait or posture, it could be because he is experiencing abdominal pain because of eating too much watermelon.
Choking hazard: Eating too much watermelon can be dangerous for your Doberman’s health because it can cause choking if they swallow large pieces of it whole. If you notice your Doberman has been coughing up large chunks of food, it may be because they’ve been eating too much watermelon at once and are having trouble digesting it all at once.
Other human foods Dobermans can eat
What other human foods can Dobermans eat? Here is a list of some other human foods your Doberman can eat.
So, can Dobermans eat watermelons?
Yes, Dobermans can eat watermelons. Watermelons are rich in vitamins A and C, moisture and antioxidants, which make it an excellent treat for Dobermans. Remove seeds and rinds to avoid choking hazards.
Dobermans can eat watermelon just as safely as humans can. However, you should be cautious about feeding your Doberman a lot. Just like people, Dobermans need to watch their sugar intake. The juice is fine, but give them small pieces or slices—and don’t feed them any seeds or rinds.
Don’t overfeed your Doberman with watermelon or any other food. Feed them only 10% of their daily caloric requirement in treats; otherwise, they could get sick from overeating or have digestive problems later on down the line (not to mention they’ll probably be less interested in eating their regular meals).