Can Dogs Taste Cantaloupe?

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Introduction

There are so many wonderful, delicious, and nutritious fruits dogs can safely consume. From apples to bananas to blueberries, dogs love to snack on these sweet treats. With summer upon us, melons will be coming into season, and it is likely your dog with sit in front of you, begging for a slice of that juicy ripe cantaloupe. 

But is cantaloupe safe for your dog to eat? Luckily, cantaloupe is perfectly safe and healthy for your dog to eat in moderation - and when prepared properly! Let's take a look at why cantaloupe is so healthy for your dog, how to prepare it, and how your pup may like to snack on this treat. 

Signs of a Dog Liking Cantaloupe

Cantaloupe had a wide variety of health benefits that are great for your dog's body. Whether or not they will enjoy the fruit in its natural form is the biggest concern you will face as a dog owner. Many dogs don't enjoy the taste and the texture of a soft and juicy piece of melon, so it will either be a hit or miss whether they will enjoy the fruit on its own. 

If you are looking to include some cantaloupe in their diet, the best way to do this may be by mixing the cantaloupe into their regular dog food or blending it into a homemade dog slushie for a summertime treat with some water and ice. This will help camouflage the flavor of the cantaloupe and take away the slightly mushy texture of the fruit. 

However, some dogs may thoroughly enjoy eating chunks of cantaloupe on its own! If your dog does enjoy this seasonal melon, they will surely let you know with a variety of positive body language signs. They will generally eat the fruit without any concern or reservation, wag their tails in excitement, pace around the kitchen in hopes of getting more, be alert and raise their ears in anticipation, or even bark at your for more pieces. 

Body Language

Here are some signs you may notice if your dog likes cantaloupe:
  • Staring
  • Alert
  • Barking
  • Wag tail
  • Tail up
  • Ears up

Other Signs

These are some other signs you might notice if your dog likes cantaloupe:

  • Licking Their Lips
  • Gobbling it Up
  • Begging for more

History of Cantaloupe and Dogs

The history of cantaloupe and where it came from is a bit ambiguous. There is confusion as the whether the fruit originated in Persia, Afghanistan, or Armenia. Regardless of where it first got its starts, cantaloupe dates all the way back to Biblical times - around 2400 BCE.

Melons were generally enjoyed raw by eating the flesh, or the flesh of the cantaloupe was dried or roasted and enjoyed that way instead. It was also common for some cultures to eat the seeds inside the cantaloupe as well. Often, the seeds were dried and roasted before consumption. 

Cantaloupe was used for a range of medical benefits in the ancient world. Many cultures used the melon for pain relief, cleansing the skin, and helping to circulate the blood in the human body. In China, the melon was often used to reduce fevers, moisten one's lungs, and help with the urinary tract. Melons were commonly used to treat tuberculosis and constipation as well. These melons are also believed to help reduce blood pressure, prevent heart disease, prevent some cancers, and may even help with reducing the pain for a toothache. 

It's not hard to gauge that humans having been sneaking melony snacks to their pooches for some time. Up until recent times, dogs mainly ate scraps from their people. So, if the people were eating melons, it's likely the puppers were too!

Science Behind Dogs Benefiting from Cantaloupe

There are heaps of health benefits that cantaloupe can provide dogs. Cantaloupe has a ton of dietary fiber, vitamin B6, niacin, folate, vitamin A, vitamin C, and potassium. Cantaloupe is also made up of mostly water, making it low in calories and a healthy snack perfect for your dog to enjoy during all months. 

It is a great fruit to keep your dog hydrated in the warm months while also making sure they are not putting on too much weight. Blending this melon with water and ice also makes for a yummy, cold treat to hydrate your fur-baby in the summer. The vitamins A and C in the melon are powerful antioxidants that will keep your dog healthy by capturing free radicals, slowing the aging process, helping with healthy cell function, and even helping your dog to prevent some forms of cancers and diseases. 

Since cantaloupe has a lot of water and fiber, it will also help keep their digestion and digestive tract healthy and functioning at its highest potential. You will be less likely to see constipation or dehydration in your pup if you feed them cantaloupe regularly. These melons also contain a ton of beta-carotene, potassium, and copper.  

Training Dogs to Like Cantaloupe

As you probably know already, you cannot force or train your dog to like a certain food. If they do not like the taste or texture, it will be challenging to get them to easily consume cantaloupe. However, there are ways you can disguise the taste and the texture of the melon and make this fruit more enjoyable so your dog will actually eat cantaloupe!

One of the most fun ways to get some of this super-fruit into your dog's diet is to blend it up into a cool, frozen, summertime doggy slushie. To make this fun recipe, all you need is a few simple and it could not be any easier! 

You will need: 

  • 1 cup of water, chicken broth, veggie broth, or any other liquid
  • A handful of ice cubes 
  • 1/2 cup - 1 cup of peeled and cubed cantaloupe, frozen 

Directions: 

  1. Add all of your ingredients to a blender. 
  2. Blend on high speed until all of the ingredients and the ice are blended together and smooth. 
  3. Place the puppy slushie into their food bowl or another bowl of choice. 
  4. Let your pup enjoy their delicious, frozen treat!

Safety Tips for Giving Dogs Cantaloupe

  • Start by giving only a small amount to make sure that your dog doesn't have any allergies or reactions to cantaloupe.
  • Even if your pup loves cantaloupe, don't give them too much at a time. Too much of any fruit can cause some nasty tummy troubles.
  • Call your vet if your dog develops any adverse health problems after eating cantaloupe.