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Can Dogs Eat Canary Melon?

Most dogs are snafflers.  They’ll eat anything the moment your back is turned.  It could be a loaf of bread pulled off the counter and quickly eaten or the last few licks of jelly still left on a spoon or plate.  Our dog has eaten a few things over the years that we’ve worried or wondered over. So, we understand why owners often ask can my dog eat this?  What about that?   

You want to know can dogs eat canary melon? And you’re not alone.  Understanding that some foods aren’t suitable or safe for dogs is a sign of a caring owner.  And with most dogs happy to chow down on whatever they can get their paws on, it’s important to know what’s safe for dogs to eat in moderation and what’s not.

What is a canary melon? 

Canary melons are bright yellow fruits that are part of the winter melon family.  We’d always assumed they were just honeydew melons by another name.  They’re not.  They’re not as sweet as honeydews and are slightly larger, too.

Fortunately, the advice on dogs eating melons is pretty much the same for honeydew, watermelon and cantaloupe as it is for canary. 

Can my dog eat a canary melon?

Melons aren’t toxic to dogs. 

Canary melon can be a great occasional treat for your pet especially during the hot weather.  Melons contain a lot of water and can help your dog stay cool when it’s sunny outside.  There’s also plenty of vitamin A and C which will support your dog’s immune system and general health.    

But dogs are carnivores.  They don’t need fruit or vegetables in their diet in the same way that we do.  Canary melon should be given in small doses as a special treat rather than in big amounts or regularly as part of their diet. Melons contain sugar.  Too much sugar is bad for a dog’s teeth and its weight. It also makes melons unsuitable for dogs with diabetes or those that are at risk of developing the condition. The high-water content may also lead to loose bowel movements. 

A few pieces of melon every so often as a special treat will be fine for most dogs.  It also means you don’t have to panic if your pet runs off with a slice at a BBQ or if you’ve left a few chunks in a bowl. .

Can my dog eat melon rind?

Dogs shouldn’t eat melon rind or skin.  There’s nothing toxic in it but it’s tough and chewy and could cause an obstruction if swallowed.   It can also be a choking hazard.  You should cut away the rind before giving it to your dog.

Can my dog eat melon seeds?

Dogs shouldn’t eat melon seeds.  Again, there’s nothing dangerous in them but they can be a choking hazard.  Scoop out any seeds before giving melon to your dog to ensure they can enjoy their snack safely.  Don’t panic if your dog has accidentally eaten a few but keep an eye on them for signs of discomfort.

Can my dog eat a cantaloupe melon?

Cantaloupe melons are fine as an occasional treat for dogs.  Remember to scoop out the seeds and slice away the skin before giving it to your dog.

Can my dog eat honeydew melon?

Honeydew melons are fine but they are slightly sweeter than cantaloupes and canary melons.  You should be mindful of the sugar content and give it only as a special treat.

Can my dog eat a watermelon?

Again, yes but be careful of the seeds as they’re easy to miss.  

Dogs can enjoy canary melon as a treat.  They’re a great way to help keep a dog cool and hydrated in the warm weather but should be given in moderation.  If you’re concerned about anything your dog has eaten, contact your veterinarian.