Can Dogs Eat Limes?


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Don’t give lime to your dog, because limes are toxic to the dogs and the fact is dog doesn’t like sour flavour of the citrus fruit, so they don’t like to eat it. The lime fruit contain the compound of psoralen and aromatic oils which is toxic to the dogs. These compounds will cause depression, vomiting, diarrhea and light sensitive for the dogs.

Symptoms of lime poising

If dog eats some lime you can look out of the symptoms like,

  • Cold limbs.
  • Liver failure.
  • Excessive drooling.
  • Loss of coordination.
  • Skin irritation or rashes.
  • Low in blood pressure.

If you find any of the above symptoms from your dog, then take them to the vet immediately.

Treating lime poisoning

If your dog consumes little amount of lime, then it is not a problem and the symptoms will be mild. For that don’t give any food to it only allow him to consume water. If it consumes large amount, then take them to the vet immediately. Where also skin exposure needs the treatment also dogs can absorb the toxins through the skins. Where this will develop the skin rashes and it may typically affect the groin area. If it exposes to the lime, then wash them with soap and water.

Types of plants which contains psoralens and linalool

These both psoralens and linalool are found in many other plants where essential oil limonene is restricted generally to the citrus plants. Other plants which has linalool are,

  • Beach trees.
  • Mint plants.
  • Rose wood.

Other plant which has high concentration of psoralens

  • Anise seeds.
  • Caraway seeds.
  • Root parsley.
  • Grape fruit.
  • Fennel seeds etc.

Diagnosis of lime poisoning for dogs

If you catch your pets consuming citrus plants or fruit you can find them with the signs and symptoms which are mentioned above and can take the initial diagnosis. After taking it to the veterinarian he will question to you the factor like what part of the plant it intake, when it was ingested, how long it has been after ingested, if you don’t know when it was ingested then to unwitnessed toxin will be find through urinalysis, blood chemistry profile and blood count in order to find out the toxin causing distress to the dogs and if any skin interaction is noted or any vomit or stools also will be analysed for toxins as well. Also neurological test will be taken to coordinate and reflex the pet which occurs during diagnostic. Sometimes due to this it may also affects the nervous system.

Therefore, always keep an eye if there is any citrus related plant or lime was there on the floor and make sure you won’t allow them to consume it. Also give the treatment immediately if your dog intakes the lime. If you see any contraction in the skin, then wash it with soap or with the dog shampoo with water immediately.




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