Maybe. While watermelon rind doesn’t contain anything hazardous to dogs, the texture and toughness of the rind is problematic. If your dog has eaten watermelon rind, he’s not necessarily in danger. But it’s difficult to ensure your dog will chew the rind thoroughly before swallowing, and larger pieces can cause gastrointestinal blockage or upset.
It’s best to offer your dog only a few bites of the fruit of the watermelon (but remove the seeds), and toss the rind rather than share it.
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