Can Dogs Eat Melon Skin and Rind? When it is or isn’t an Emergency

Dogs shouldn’t eat the skin and rind from all varieties of melons including cantaloupes, watermelons, muskmelons, and honeydew melons. The rind and skin must be safely discarded to prevent your dog from eating it accidentally.

Why melon skin is bad for dogs

Melon skin isn’t considered toxic to dogs but it can still be a major health threat due to its tough texture. It may end up being fine if your dog was able to chew the melon skin and rind into tiny pieces before swallowing. But what if the dog didn’t? Swallowing a large piece of melon skin may end up causing blockage issues in the dog’ intestinal tract. This will eventually result in the appearance of clinical signs such as vomiting, diarrhea, bloat, and constipation.

If the dog is lucky, the large piece of melon skin would pass through the dog’s intestinal tract without much of a hitch. Don’t rely on this luck though. Blockage and choking can become serious issues if they aren’t dealt with quickly. Call the vet if you suspect your dog has swallowed a large piece of melon skin and isn’t reacting so well.

To find out more about what else dogs should or shouldn’t eat, visit our human dog for food database.

Disclaimer: The content is not intended to be a substitute for professional veterinarian advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of a veterinarian when in doubt.


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