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Can Dogs Eat Grapefruit? Is Grapefruit Safe For Dogs?

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Grapefruit comes with clear nutritional value for us humans, but can dogs eat grapefruit? Is it even something that they might want to eat? Some humans struggle with the fruit’s acidic taste. However, humans can set this aside for nutrition, but should dogs?

While it’s a bit of a grey area, the short answer is no; grapefruit isn’t a suitable snack for your dog. Sometimes feeding the flesh, free of the seeds and peel, doesn’t cause an incident. But there are toxic properties to the fruit, plus a high possibility of digestion issues.

There is a lot of varying opinion on grapefruit among experts. This is why it’s crucial to discuss any food you might be considering for your dog with your veterinarian. That said, there are plenty of fruits, such as figs or blackberries, that make for safer and healthier treats.

Why Is Grapefruit Bad For Dogs?

For humans, grapefruit aids in heart, dental, skin, and general immune health. It’s a fruit rich in vitamins A and C, with nutrients for days. But for dogs, the fruit seems to cause more issues than it solves or prevents.

While the flesh of the grapefruit is generally considered safe, the entire fruit, including seeds, peel, and stems, contains a toxic compound known as psoralen. This compound, according to the ASPCA, is toxic to dogs, and trace toxins in the flesh are a concern.

Allergic reactions and digestion are also problem areas with this fruit. This is a highly acidic fruit, far more so than oranges and tangerines, which are safe for dogs to consume. When dogs consume grapefruit, allergic reactions and stomach upset are common.

So, while you may want your dog to benefit the way that you do from grapefruit, there simply are better options. We love getting our Vitamin C, but dogs produce it naturally. There are fruits with better and safer nutrient value.

What Should I Do If My Dog Ate A Grapefruit?

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If you keep grapefruit in your home, be vigilant and keep them out of your dog’s reach. Grapefruit skin is indigestible and toxic, and it can cause a swift allergic reaction or even intestinal blockage.

Should an accident occur, and your dog gets their paws on a grapefruit, seek veterinary care, especially if they consume a large amount. Any fruit consumed in large amounts isn’t great for dogs, even the recommended ones.

There are plenty of dog parents and blogs out there that say, “it’s okay, I give my dog grapefruit,” but ultimately, the internet is always a murky place for non-professional commentary.

Seek out the guidance of your veterinarian if you keep grapefruits in the house. Be prepared in advance, armed with knowledge, in case anything happens.

And, most important, just because a food doesn’t appear to have an immediate negative effect, doesn’t mean that there isn’t one. Be safe, be responsible.

Has your dog had a bad reaction after consuming grapefruit? What healthier fruits do you share with your dog? Let us know in the comments below.

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