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Can Dogs Eat Cantaloupe? Yes, But…

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When you’re eating sweet cantaloupe and your dog is standing next to you, begging for a bite, you may wonder, “Can dogs eat cantaloupe?” After all, why not share? There are a lot of rules surrounding what you should feed your dog, so it is better to be safe than sorry. Many human foods can be given to dogs, though, even if some require moderation. Some of our foods can be great for dogs (like the “yesses” on our list of foods dogs can eat), giving them many health benefits.

Is Cantaloupe Safe for My Dog to Eat?

Yes, in moderation dogs can eat cantaloupe.

In fact, it can be an excellent treat for your dog. If your dog is one to ignore their water, cantaloupe can help keep them hydrated due to its water content. It is low in calories and contains many vitamins.

It’s healthy for humans, giving us many vital nutrients. It’s healthy and delicious for dogs as well. It offers vitamins A and C, which are both vitamins that dogs need. Dogs need less vitamin A than humans, but it is still necessary. You can give them supplements with vitamin A or help them meet part of their daily vitamin A requirement with cantaloupe.

Vitamin C is a nutrient that prevents us from getting scurvy. Luckily, it isn’t that common in developed countries. It is dangerous for humans because we don’t make our own vitamin C. Dogs can synthesize their own vitamin C, but supplements can still help. If you have concerns about your dog’s nutrition, you should speak to your veterinarian. Both vitamins A and C are antioxidants. These are vital to our survival. They help lower the risk of vision loss and diseases like cancer.

Cantaloupe is low in calories, making it a good choice if you’re trying to help your overweight dog lose weight. Obesity in dogs can be dangerous, leading to an increased risk of cancers, poor joint health, and bladder stones. Cantaloupe can help them eat a bit less while still getting nutrients. Of course, you should consult your veterinarian before putting your dog on a diet.

What other foods can your dog eat? Learn more from our vet’s list of human foods dogs can and cannot eat.

Safety Concerns

So cantaloupe is pretty good for dogs. It can be great for their health and even assist any weight loss. It’s tasty and they are bound to love it. What are the downsides, then?

Cantaloupe is high in sugar, which can lead to weight gain along with causing issues if your dog is diabetic. Seeds can be a choking hazard along with the rind. Remove both before feeding cantaloupe to your dog. The rind can also cause gastrointestinal upset. If you notice diarrhea, vomiting, or any changes in your dog’s appetite, consult your veterinarian.

Tips from Our Vets

The following is a list of tips on how to think about what human foods are (and may not be) safe for your dog from Dr. Jennifer Coates’ article on Foods Dogs Can and Cannot Eat.

There are some human foods that dogs can eat safely, as well as some human foods dogs can’t eat.

If you have a dog, you might be used to seeing adorable puppy eyes begging for a bite of, well, anything that you happen to be eating.

While it’s natural to want to share human food with your furry pal, many of the foods we eat are toxic to dogs. Some reasons foods may be harmful to your pup include:

  • Foods that are a problem due to our physiological differences (foods we can handle that a dog’s stomach can’t)
  • Other foods aren’t toxic, but are still potentially dangerous for dogs because they are hard to digest
  • Another category of foods that are a problem for dogs are foods that may contain high levels of fat

Some tips and words of caution if you are feeding your pet human foods:

  • Always keep in mind that new foods of any kind, including switching to a different dog food, can cause stomach upset.
  • When you find a human food you’d like to share with your pup, go slowly. Give small amounts at first and watch for any problems like vomiting or diarrhea before giving more.
  • Remember that treats should make up less than 10% of your dog’s diet. So all of the foods that are safe for your dog should be given in moderation to avoid weight gain and nutrient excesses and deficiencies.

What To Do if Your Dog Eats Something He Shouldn’t

Now that you know what foods are safe for dogs, it’s a good idea to know what to do if your pup eats food that’s toxic to dogs.

If your dog does end up eating something he shouldn’t, try not to panic. You have a few options for getting the help your dog needs:

  • The first is to call your dog’s veterinarian, who can advise you to either come into the office or to watch for signs of poisoning, obstruction, or other potential problems.
  • If it’s after hours, you can try calling an emergency veterinarian.
  • Another option is to call a pet poison control line. Be aware that there is a fee to use these services. Two that we can recommend are the ASPCA Animal Poison Control at (888) 426-4435 and the Pet Poison Helpline at (855) 764-7661.

In some cases, you might be told to induce vomiting in your dog. It is helpful to keep hydrogen peroxide on hand in case you need to do this.

Do not induce vomiting unless your veterinarian or someone from one of the pet poison control hotlines advises you to do so, however, because in some cases, vomiting can make the situation worse. [efn_note]Is it ever safe to induce vomiting? ASPCA.org. November 19, 2019. Accessed April 28, 2021.[/efn_note]

Final Thoughts

While cantaloupe is safe for dogs, it is important to consider any health conditions like diabetes. Prepare it properly, getting all the seeds out of it and removing the rind. Of course, everything should be in moderation. Monitor them while they eat any human food to ensure their safety. If you don’t give them too much and ensure there are no choking hazards, it’s the perfect snack for your pup!

For more information on the foods dogs can and can not eat, including whether your dog can eat lettuce, cinnamon, pistachios, bell peppers, or zucchini you can check out our guides on the topic.

Obviously you’re interested in the quality of your dog’s food and your pet’s overall health in addition to having questions about what your dog can and can’t eat. We happen to have a ton of resources on that very topic!

One is our guide to adding fiber to dogs diet, along with or our guide to choosing the best high fibre dog food. If you’re worried about a puppy upset stomach we have a guide for that as well, and we can even give you a sense of how long does it take a dog to digest their food. If you’re portioning your dog’s food you can also check out our guide to choosing the best dog automatic feeder.

We also have a series of health and nutritional information for your dog. Our puppy weight estimator can let you know how big your dog will get, and our answer to the question how much should my dog weigh? can help you determine if your dog is the proper weight and size, and we even have a collection of breed-specific growth charts to help answer questions like how much does a goldendoodle weigh?, how much does a great dane weigh?, how much does a golden retriever weigh?, how much does a chihuahua weigh?, or how much does a labrador weigh?.

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