What to Eat – continued
Can your dog eat watermelons, cucumbers, and pineapples?
Who doesn’t love to eat a cool watermelon after an exhausting hot summer day? And your four-legged buddy is no exception. He’ll devour a whole watermelon slice in a matter of seconds. But the real question that you need to ask yourself is this: should dogs eat watermelon?
Fortunately, the answer is “yes”, but there are a few precautions that you should take before giving a piece of watermelon to Spike. First of all, you should make sure to remove the rind, because eating it may lead to an upset stomach.
Secondly, and we know that this part will be quite annoying to some, you should try and remove as many seeds as possible from the watermelon slice before offering it to Spike. Although this almost never happens, there were cases when the seeds lead to an intestinal blockage. So, it’s better to be safe than sorry, right?
The fruit itself is extremely healthy. It contains high quantities of Vitamin A, B6, C, and potassium and it’s very low on calories. Watermelon is 92 % water, which means that it would be best to avoid feeding it to your pup in the evening – unless you enjoy an unplanned midnight bathroom walk, that is.
Can dogs eat cucumber?
Cucumbers are safe for dogs. That means that your furbaby can eat as much cucumber as he wants. You can use this fruit (just like tomatoes, cucumbers are also fruit, although many people see them as vegetables) as a tasty, crunchy, low-calorie snack if you want to replace the commercial dog treats.
They are packed with nutrients – vitamin C, K, magnesium and potassium – and contain high amounts of antioxidants and soluble fibers, which help regulate the intestinal flow. Just like watermelons, cucumbers are made mostly by water (96 % of cucumbers is water) and are ideal for hydration.
Can dogs eat pickled cucumbers?
Although fresh cucumbers are perfectly safe for pups, pickled ones aren’t. Because of the high amount of salt and spices used to prepare them, they might be harmful to your furbaby.
Can dogs eat pineapple?
Pineapple is a delicious and very healthy fruit for both humans and dogs. It is rich in vitamin C, B6, folate, niacin, and thiamin and it has a high fiber content, which helps in regulating the intestinal flow. And the best part is that you can feed it to your furbaby.
You should keep your eye on Spike the first time you give him pineapple. Only offer him a tiny portion and wait for about half an hour. If you see that he shows any sign of an upset stomach, that means that he might be allergic to this fruit and that it might not be the best treat for him.
Also, keep in mind that pineapples are rich in sugar. Avoid feeding them to your furbaby if he suffers from diabetes or if he has any problem with his weight.
Although raw pineapple is good for Spike, canned one should be avoided. The syrup in the can contains way too much sugar for dogs, which means that their stomach will not be able to digest it, which will cause digestive problems.