Is Grapefruit Safe for Dogs to Eat?

Many people enjoy the tangy flavor of grapefruit and its antioxidant-rich properties. But can dogs have grapefruit?

Can Dogs Have Grapefruit?

Dogs can eat small amounts of grapefruit, similar to oranges. However, grapefruit is not recommended for dogs due to its high levels of citric acid, which can irritate their stomach.

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Dogs and Grapefruit Peels

While the flesh of grapefruit is safe in moderation, the peel and skin contain toxic essential oils harmful to dogs. If a dog ingests grapefruit peel, contact your veterinarian immediately.

What to Do If Your Dog Eats Grapefruit

If your dog consumes grapefruit, watch for signs of gastrointestinal distress. Contact your vet for advice, especially if your dog consumes the peel. Monitor their behavior and seek treatment if needed.

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How to Safely Share Citrus With Your Dog

If you want to share citrus with your dog, stick to small amounts of tangerines or orange flesh and avoid the peels. Consult your vet before introducing new foods and monitor your dog for any adverse reactions.

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Is Grapefruit Safe for Dogs to Eat?