So can a Shih Tzu eat Watermelon? It’s perfectly fine to feed your Shih Tzu Watermelon but there a few things you need to be careful of.
Watermelon is a super healthy food low in calories and packed with nutrients. In the right amounts and with certain precautions watermelon is a perfectly healthy and nutritious treat for your dog.
Why Is Watermelon Good For Your Shih Tzu?
- High in potassium.
- Contain vitamins A, B6, and C.
- High in fiber that helps with digestion.
- Source of the antioxidant lycopene.
- Low in sodium.
- Cholesterol free.
- Good for hydration.
So as you can see above there are many benefits to feeding your Shih Tzu watermelon. It is high in potassium and contains essential vitamins such as vitamin A, B6, and C. The high fiber content of watermelons will help with digestion and it also contains lycopene, which is an antioxidant that helps to prevent cancer.
Watermelons are high in natural sugar but due to the high fiber content, the sugars are released slowly making it a good source of healthy energy. This is a great positive compared to conventional treats that may contain unhealthy, processed sugar.
Compared with conventional treats watermelon is low in sodium, fat, and cholesterol-free and due to it being 92% water is also a great way to keep your dog hydrated.
Precautions When Feeding Your Shih Tzu Watermelon
- Feed in moderation.
- Remove the seeds.
- Remove the rind.
Although watermelon is perfectly safe and healthy there are a few things you need to be aware of. As with any new food, there is a small chance that your Shih Tzu may have a bad reaction like an upset stomach as they are not to used to it. It’s a good idea to start off giving them only small amounts to see if they are ok with it and then gradually increase the amount.
But even if your dog is perfectly fine with eating watermelon, too much will give them an upset stomach so only give it to them in moderation and as a treat. It’s also important to point out that watermelon shouldn’t be used to substitute another part of their diet. If you are feeding your Shih Tzu a good quality dog food they should be getting all the nutrients they need to keep them healthy.
If you would like to know more about what you should look for and what to avoid in a healthy dog food for your dog then please read our article – How To Choose The Best Food For Your Shih Tzu.
It’s also important to say that you should remove the seeds and don’t feed them the rind. Although bigger dogs would be ok digesting the seeds a smaller dog like a Shih Tzu would be at risk of an intestinal blockage. It’s a good idea to not give them the rind as it’s a tough part of the fruit and could also cause intestinal blockage or choking if not chewed properly.