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No, limes are not safe for your dog. Whether it’s the juice or the peel, it is harmful to your dog. Limes are citrus, and they can make your dog very sick. Hence, if you see your dog eyeing that lime that fell on the floor, get it away from your chomping monster ASAP!

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Caution: This food is generally considered risky by the veterinary community. Dogs should not eat this food and should be monitored for adverse effects.

Food Safety Unsafe in an excessive amount
Nutritional Issue Citric acid, essential oils
Potential Risks Acute poisoning, gastrointestinal problems, phototoxicity
Symptoms Low blood pressure, increased thirst, vomiting, diarrhea
Every dog is different. For specific feeding guidelines, including quantities and beneficial foods that are best for your dog, please consult your vet.

How Many Limes Are Bad for Dogs?

If you are wondering can dogs eat lime and what if they accidentally ate some, you came to the right place.

Let’s say your dog licked a lime; it is unlikely that this innocent act will harm them. However, we suggest not offering your furry friend any limes since even a small slice can adversely affect your sweet dog.

Consuming limes can cause lime poisoning, and your doggy may experience an upset stomach, low blood pressure, and excessive drooling.

What Makes Limes Unsafe?

Firstly, citric acid. The juicy vegetable can uplift flavor in human food, but for your pet dog, it causes heartburn, acid reflux, and more such side effects.

Another thing that makes limes unsafe is a compound called psoralen. This can cause skin allergies in your doggy, and they may develop rashes or discoloration in the skin. This side effect is also known as phototoxicity or sunburn.

If a dog attempts to eat an entire lime, they may choke on it. If you see your dog struggling, take action immediately.

TIP: If you have a lime tree, train your dog to stay away from it. Also, your excited dog may mistake it for a ball. So when using the vegetable at home, make sure no fallen lime lands in their pudgy paws.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • No, dogs should not have lime juice because it’s acidic and can harm dogs. It is best to watch your dog if they have managed to take a few bites.

  • A lick is unlikely to harm your dog. Your dog will probably not ask for another bite, though, because of its bitter taste,

  • If your dog has consumed a lime, take them to the vet. They will provide your dog with the right treatment and ensure their safety.

About the Writer
Dan Greco , Dog Dad

Having been a dog dad for 5 years, I know how hard it is to make sure your dog gets the right nutrients and stays away from hazardous foods. With the help of a veterinarian who specializes in nutrition, I created this blog to help dog owners quickly access food information they need.

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About the Contributor
Dr. Hillary Wolfe , Veterinarian & Certified Food Therapist

Dr. Wolfe holds a doctorate in veterinary medicine from Kansas State University and holds nutrition certifications from the NAVC and CIVT. Her business, Tula Veterinary Nutrition, hosts online courses that teach owners how to cook for their pet for optimal health and longevity. Follow her on Instagram at @doctorwolfe.dvm for dog nutrition tips, recipes and insights.