The zest of lime gives life to any food! If you have some Mexican tacos or quesadilla, it’s got to have some squeezed lime or lemon! Of course, tequila is always better with some lime! And why not some freshly squeezed lime juice to freshen you up!
Any citrus fruits like lime are also packed with Vitamin C and other minerals to boot.
Then it may have crossed your mind while you see your dog across, is lime any good for your furry best friend? Let’s get it on!
Can Dogs Safely Eat Limes?
To cut to the chase, no, lime is not recommended for your dog.
First of all, its sour taste will not be appreciated by your dog.
Most importantly, limes, any part of it from the leaves, peel, seeds are toxic to your dog and will make them ill. Why is that?
Limes and its part produce aromatic oil and phototoxic compounds called psoralens, linalool and limonene. While these are perfectly safe for human consumption, it can cause gastrointestinal upset for starters. Worse, if the exposure is really high, it can cause liver failure resulting in death.
So if you see some lime, stay a mile away from it!
Benefits of Limes
Yes, limes are very healthy since they have loads of vitamin C. In addition to that, it is also a powerful antioxidant that boosts your canine’s immune system, promotes healthy skin and increases its iron absorption.
These are indeed very beneficial for humans. But for your dogs since it has toxic properties, the benefits do not far outweigh the risks.
Do not worry, too! Your dogs should get most of its nutrition from its high quality kibble. Treats such as veggies should just be supplementary of just 10% of their total diet.
There are other fruits and veggies that are equally healthy but none the risks so go for those!
Risks of Eating Limes for Dogs
It is very risky for your dogs to eat lime or even just be touched by it. Again, limes and even lemons have essential oils, limonene and linalool, as well as a phototoxic compound known as psoralens. In small amounts, it can cause gastrointestinal upset. But in large amounts or frequent eating, it can lead to serious health issues.
Lime peels can also lead to poisoning due to the essential oils in it. Moreover, the peels of the lime can also pose a choking hazard.
When you suspect that your dog has eaten lime, better call your vet immediately.
Symptoms of Lime Poisoning for Dogs
If your dog has consumed lime, here are some of the symptoms that it will experience:
- Cold limbs
- Excessive drooling
- Liver failure
- Loss of coordination
- Low blood pressure
- Photosensitivity- in an unusual way
- Skin irritation like rashes or itching
- Sudden death
Worse of all, lime poisoning can lead to liver failure. This is a serious case so again, once you suspect that your dog ate away some lime, consult your vet right away.
Treatment of Lime Poisoning for Dogs
If your dog’s skin was exposed to lime plant or its liquid, it should be washed away immediately with clean water and mild soap. In most dog shampoos also, Limonene and linalool are included as fragrance so make sure to skip this as an option.
Big dogs are able to process toxin better versus smaller ones even with just little amounts.
Take your dog to the vet as soon as possible. If your dog consumed some lime, your vet may perform gastric irrigation and an activated charcoal after to prevent further absorption of toxin in the body.
Your dog may also be given oxygen if it is having difficulty breathing. Usually, citrus poisoning may also last only for a few hours. However, even after your dog has been treated, your vet may still recommend regular monitoring of blood chemistry levels.
Conclusion: Stay Away from Limes A Mile Away
Yes, stay from limes for a mile away since it is toxic for your dogs. It is healthy for you, yes, but not for your furry best friend.
So if you have some lime, just enjoy it with your human friend.