There’s been many videos circulating of dogs reacting to licking citrus fruits (we’ve posted a few ourselves). but the RSPCA has issued a stern warning to these playful dog owners: don’t do it.
Why? Amusing and entertaining as the videos are, many do not realize that citrus fruits including lemons have chemicals that are poisonous to dogs. The RSPCA stated:
“Citrus fruits such as lemons and limes are unpleasant for dogs and can cause vomiting, diarrhea and depression.
We would strongly urge members of the public not to take part in this latest harmful ‘craze’ as they would be putting their animal’s health and welfare at risk.”
A 2011 poll by online pet retailer MrChewy.com found that 88 percent of pet owners had no idea that lemons were toxic both to cats and dogs.
So before you let your dog try a lemon, consider their safety and your sanity.