Can Dogs Have Lime Juice?

You can admit that you have often fed your dog scraps off your plate without ascertaining whether it is safe.

Lime juice tastes excellent as a spritz on snacks and as a drink.

The food you give your dog off your plate may sometimes contain lime juice.

So, can dogs have lime juice?

No, you should never feed your dog lime juice.

Lime juice contains essential oils and a phototoxic that are dangerous for dogs.

These dangerous compounds lead to lime poisoning in dogs.

This article will look at why lime juice is poisonous, its adverse effects, treatment, recovery from poisoning, and what to do if your dog consumes it.

Understanding how severe the effects are will help you make better health decisions for your dog.

Can dogs have lime juice

Why is lime juice poisonous to dogs?

Limes contain limonene, linalool, and psoralens, all toxic for dogs and most pets.


Limonene is a trapene found in most citrus fruits and is responsible for the zesty aroma in limes.

Limonene is used to manufacture human products like flavors, cosmetics, and cleaning products.

In processed form called D-limonene, this compound is used to manufacture grooming products for dogs.

Lime leaves contain limonene that can cause adverse effects on dogs upon contact.


Linalool is a trapene that gives the floral scent to the citrus aroma.

This essential oil is processed and used in manufacturing insecticides, fragrances, soaps, and lotions.

The leaves of lime contain this toxic compound for dogs.


Although this compound can be used for skin treatment in humans, it can cause phototoxicity in dogs.

Lime poisoning through contact

Lime is highly toxic to pets, and it can affect your dog by simply coming in contact with its leaves.

Lime trees occasionally shed their leaves.

If your dog rolls around in leaves from a lime tree, they can get adverse health effects.

If you have lime trees in your background, always ensure that the leaves are cleared once they fall.

If the dog comes into contact with lime leaves, he is likely to show signs of poisoning, including skin irritation, red rashes, or spots.

To reverse these effects, wash your dog with soap and water.

Thoroughly wash the coat and skin to eliminate any traces of the toxic compound.

How will I know if my dog has lime poisoning?

You will know that your dog has lime poisoning if he has consumed lime juice and consequently shows the following symptoms: Depression, cold limbs, collapse, lethargy, diarrhea, excessive drooling, low blood pressure, liver failure, loss of coordination, sudden death, photosensitivity, skin irritation, weakness, tremors, and vomiting.

Treatment and recovery from lime juice poisoning


Whether your dog has gotten poisoning through contact or consumption, your vet will diagnose the problem and recommend treatment.

Because there is no antidote for lime juice poisoning, the measures used are supportive.

  • Dogs that have come into contact with lime leaves must have their skin and coat thoroughly washed with soap and water immediately.
  • If your dog is affected by limonene and psoralens, remove shampoos and soaps made from this compound.
  • If your dog has consumed lime juice, inducing vomiting is strongly discouraged. The toxic lime juice compounds may get into the lungs and cause more problems. Instead, irrigation is used to drain all poisonous ingredients.
  • Activated charcoal treatment will prevent more toxic ingredients from absorbing into the bloodstream.
  • IV fluids are administered to dogs that have suffered dehydration through excessive diarrhea or vomiting due to lime poisoning. Sugars and electrolytes are also administered to cater to any imbalances that might have occurred.
  • The vet will provide oxygen for dogs having difficulty in breathing.
  • Acute tremors are treated using anti-seizure medication.


  • Dogs being treated due to phototoxicity caused by lime juice should be kept away from sunlight for at least 48 hours after treatment. Lack of exposure to sunlight prevents further skin reactions.
  • Your vet will monitor your pet’s blood chemistry levels. Blood chemistry levels must be observed, especially for dogs that suffered improper kidney and liver functionality.

What should I do if my dog consumes lime juice?

If your dog consumes a minimal amount of lime juice in relation to his body size, then observe for symptoms.

For small quantities of lime juice, for example, if your dog licks a surface with traces of it, give a lot of drinking water.

The water will help to flush the lime juice out of the dog’s system.

You will have to take your dog to the veterinarian if his symptoms continue to worsen.

At the vet, they will provide your dog with supportive care until all the negative symptoms resolve. 

Giving your dog lime juice is not funny

Irresponsible dog owners enjoy giving their dogs citrus fruits and record the reaction as they find it funny.

Avoid giving your dog lime juice at all costs as it may have adverse health effects.

Your dog trusts you and expects that you will only feed him what is good.

Nutritional alternatives for lime juice

Lime juice contains Vitamin C, which is good for humans.

If you are looking for a safe source of Vitamin C for your dog, consider sweet potatoes, acerola powder, red pepper, asparagus, pineapple, broccoli, peas, camu-camu powder, parsley, green pepper, papaya, kiwi, oranges, and mangoes. 


Does lime juice have any health benefits for dogs?

No, lime juice does not have any health benefits for dogs.

Limes have Vitamin C, which is beneficial for humans.

Dogs need Vitamin C too, but limes are toxic to them.

So, you will have to find other sources of vitamin C for your dog.

Can lime juice kill my dog?

No, lime juice will not kill your dog.

However, the size of your dog and the amount of lime juice it consumes determines how serious the problem is.

If you observe adverse reactions to lime juice, consult your vet.

Do dogs enjoy having lime juice?

No, dogs do not like the taste of lime juice.

It is a good thing because there is reduced chances of dogs consuming lime juice as it is toxic to them.

The verdict on lime juice

Giving your dog lime juice is out of the question.

Look for other options if your concern is to ensure that you give your dog all nutritional requirements.

Always closely observe your furry friend; otherwise, subtle symptoms like skin reactions to the compounds in lime juice can miss your eye.

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