Can Dogs Eat Lemons?

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As a dog parent, you’ve probably wondered, “what foods are safe for my dog?”. Luckily, many human foods are safe in moderation for dogs, and they can even make for a special treat for your furry friend. Lemons are known for their citrus flavor and additions to delicious beverages, but are they safe for dogs to eat?

Are lemons safe for dogs?

While dogs can eat small quantities of lemon (minus the peel), don’t be surprised if your dog sticks their nose up at it. Dogs have an instinctual distaste for bitter foods, so lemon will most likely not be at the top of their lists. Citrus fruits like lemons also contain citric acid, which is hard for your dog to digest. Even lemon juice is hard for dogs to stomach.


If you’re interested in feeding your dog fruit, lemon is not the way to go. Other fruits such as coconut, apples, and pears are much safer and yummier alternatives for your dog to snack on. Overall, it’s best to make lemonade out of lemons… not dog food.

Abigail Kurten
Author: Abigail Kurten

Hi! My name's Abigail, and I intern as a Content Writer for DogFriendly.com. I have one dog, a chocolate lab named Riley who's the best! My favorite breed of dog is a Bulldog or Saint Bernard, though.

Abigail Kurten
Author: Abigail Kurten

Hi! My name's Abigail, and I intern as a Content Writer for DogFriendly.com. I have one dog, a chocolate lab named Riley who's the best! My favorite breed of dog is a Bulldog or Saint Bernard, though.

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