Watermelon is a delicious summer fruit that can be enjoyed by humans and Shih Tzus alike. Watermelon provides plenty of vitamins and nutrients. It’s even been used in beauty products like face masks and hair conditioners because of its hydrating properties. Now it’s time for you to share the deliciousness with your furry friend!
Benefits of Watermelon for Shih Tzus
Watermelon is safe for Shih tzus. While your Shih Tzu may not love the taste at first—it’s a fruit after all—the benefits are worth the effort to get them to try it!
- Watermelon has many nutrients that can benefit your dog. It’s a good source of vitamin A, which helps with skin and vision.
- Watermelon is a good source of vitamin C, which supports the immune system.
- Watermelon is especially high in B6, which helps maintain healthy brain function and nervous system health.
- Watermelon has potassium—an important electrolyte that keeps tissues hydrated and prevents cramping.
- Watermelon also contains lycopene—a powerful antioxidant that may help prevent cancer.
Risks and side effects of feeding your Shih Tzu too much watermelon.
Watermelon is a great fruit: it’s super sweet and refreshing, and it contains very few calories (half a cup has only 38).
- Watermelon is also high in sugar—even more so than other fruits. Watermelon can cause diarrhea, an elevated heart rate and blood pressure, weight gain and tooth decay if your dog eats too much of it.
- Your Shih Tzu can also get sick from ingesting the rinds or seeds. Watermelon rinds and seeds contain a compound called cucurbitacin, which is poisonous to animals.
- The seeds found in watermelons can cause intestinal blockages if swallowed whole or become lodged in the digestive tract.
Watermelon is a healthy snack for humans, but can it be a safe treat for your Shih Tzu? The answer is yes and no. It’s important to know what the benefits and risks are when feeding your dog watermelon. That said feel free to give your pup some fresh, juicy watermelon in moderation as long as they don’t have any seeds in them, they’ll be safe to eat!
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