Can Dogs Eat Lemon or Lime? When it is or isn’t an Emergency

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Lemons and lime shouldn’t be fed to dogs for a number of health safety reasons. First, lemon contains organic chemical compounds called psoralens which is toxic to dogs. Lemons only contain a moderate amount of this compound. Eating a small amount of lemon is unlikely to be lethal but may still make your dog sick.

What happens if a dog eats lemon or lime?

The citric acid found in lemons and lime may cause problems in the dog’s digestive system, especially if they were to ingest a large amount of it. This may result in your dog developing symptoms such as diarrhea or vomiting due to the irritation the acid may causes in the dog’s stomach.

Can a dog lick a lemon?

A single or two of a lemon is unlikely to make your dog sick. In any case, most dogs aren’t going to like the bitter taste and will stop licking before it gets to an unsafe level.

Why do dogs go crazy with lemons?

some dogs show a strange but funny reaction when you present them with lemons. This is most likely due to the dog’s ability to smell something that it considers as “dangerous”. Most dogs are likely to find the strong citrus smell of the lemon or lime quite repulsive and will react in a negative way if you were to place these fruits in front of them.

As an alternative to lemons, here are some healthy fruits you could let your dog eat in moderation.


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