Limelon is a new type of hybrid fruit of half lime and half melon. The fruit is the size of a melon and green in colour, like limes.
I love trying new fruits, and I thought that a Limelon is pretty refreshing, with a very zesty taste with a slight hint of sweetness.
My dog was hanging around me and wanted to try this new hybrid fruit too.
Since Limelon is part lime, it contains Limonene and Linalool, which are harmful to dogs. Even though dogs can eat melon flesh in moderation, they can’t eat limes as they contain Limonene and Linalool, which are toxic to dogs and can cause stomach upsets. So, in this case, you should not give a dog Limelon.
Dogs generally don’t have a taste for citrus fruit, so even if Limelons are safe for dogs, it is more than likely your dog won’t like it anyway. The same goes for limes and lemons way too citrusy for dogs.
Dogs, however, can safely eat melon flesh in moderation, so next time instead of choosing Limelon, buy a nice honeydew or watermelon instead. This way, you can share a little with them and give your dog some added nutrients like vitamins A, C, and K.
Understanding Limonene And Linalool Threat To Dogs
Limonene And Linalool are types of citrus oils. These two organic chemicals are toxic to dogs which can cause citrus fruit poisoning and can be fatal. They are also used as insecticides to deter insects.
Symptoms range from vomiting, sickness, and diarrhoea to liver failure to death. This is why it’s so important not to feed your dog Limelon or any other citrus fruits, for that matter.
We all know the taste of something citrusy it’s like a bitter and sour taste, so anything that tastes like this, never offer it to your dog and keep it out of reach from them.
If ingested a toxic amount for a dog’s body weight, then Limonene causes damage to a dog’s liver.
If consumed enough will cause low blood pressure and hypothermia in dogs.
Citrus/Acidic Fruits Dogs Can’t Eat
In general, dogs should not eat any of the below. Even if they dont contain Limonene and Linalool, they can still cause stomach upsets.
Other Fruits Dogs Can Eat
The fruits below are safe for dogs to eat in moderation, stripped of any peel, skin, stones and seeds.
Other Toxic/Harmful Foods To Keep Away From Dogs
- Artificial Sweetener
- Brie Cheese
- Christmas Cake
- Mince Pies
- Pigs In Blanket
- Sage and onion stuffing
Dont feed your dog Limelon. It’s way too citrusy for a dog and has toxic compounds within. If you want to treat your dog to another type of fruit, use the list above: (Other Fruits Dogs Can Eat).