Honeydew melons (Cucumis melo) are members of the Cucurbitaceae plant family.1,2 Also called “Temptation Melons,” honeydew has a white or greenish-white rind and flesh,3 and is often eaten as raw wedges, added to salads, or mixed into chilled soups4 and drinks for humans.5
While honeydew may help you cool down on a summer day,6 you may be curious as to whether or not you can feed it to your dogs as treats. In this article, you’ll learn whether honeydew is acceptable for dogs to eat, and how often you should feed it to your pet.
Is Honeydew Beneficial for Dogs?
The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals says that honeydew melons are safe for both dogs and cats.7 They contain important nutrients like vitamins B6, B12, C and E, phosphorus, and potassium, and provide hydrating abilities due to their high water content.8,9
How Often Can Dogs Eat Honeydew Melons?
Organically grown fresh fruits can be a component of a nutritionally balanced, species-appropriate diet. However, it’s important to feed these fruits to your pet in moderation, as they contain potentially health-damaging sugars. Too much honeydew can be detrimental, especially for diabetic dogs, as it may cause their blood sugar levels to rise and their condition to worsen.10
Feeding your dogs too much honeydew may also trigger digestive problems.11 Since honeydew is composed mainly out of water,12 it can cause your pet's stools to loosen and soften. The rind of honeydew is indigestible and may block your pet’s intestinal tract if consumed.13 To prevent this, remove the rind and seeds before feeding it your dog.14
Other Dog-Friendly Fruits Aside From Honeydews
If you want to give your dog other fruits aside from honeydews, you can consider these other options. However, as with honeydews, you should feed them to your pets in moderation:
- Apples — They contain vitamins A and C,15 and may assist in improving your dogs’ oral health.16 Make sure to remove the core and the seeds before serving because your dog can experience health problems should they ingest them.
- Bananas — Feeding your dogs peeled bananas17 provides them with dietary fiber,18 vitamins B6 and C, and potassium, magnesium and manganese.19
- Blueberries — Your dogs may benefit from the berries’ vitamin C, fiber, phytochemical and high antioxidant content.20,21,22
- Oranges — One to two orange segments, provided that they’re peeled and seedless,23 contain vitamin C, potassium and fiber.24
- Watermelons — You can give refreshing and antioxidant-rich watermelon slices25 to your dog, but remove the seeds, rind and skin first since they can trigger digestive upset.26