- The many Health Benefits of adding lemon to your dog’s diet;
- How to use Lemon Topically to Treat Skin Conditions;
- How to use lemon to Prevent Frostbite;
- How to use lemon to Repel Insects such as Mosquitos;
- How to use lemon to Treat Urinary Tract Infections (UTI);
- How to use lemon to make Shampoo/Cleanser/Rinse for your dog;
- How to use lemon to Treat Eye Infections;
- What Type of Lemon you should use;
- How to Add Lemon to Your Dog’s Diet.
1.0 Many Health Benefits Of Lemon For Your Dog
- Combine Lemon with Rooibos Tea for an even better allergy reducing aid.
- Also use lemon alone or in combination with other all-natural ingredients for dog friendly household cleaners – to replace chemical based household cleaners and avoid toxic build-up and allergies in your dog.
Lemons are a very alkaline food when ingested. Lemons on their own are acidic however when ingested lemons have an alkalizing effect in the body – the citric acid does not create acidity in the body once metabolized, instead the lemon has an alkalizing effect that helps the body balance PH levels thereby helping to relieve arthritis pain. Adding lemon to your puppies diet early on can help prevent the development of debilitating arthritis later in your dog’s life.
Lemon acts as a sedative for nerves and can be used to help induce calm.
Lemon aids in the cleansing of the bowels (killing bad bacteria and dislodging toxins) which helps eliminate both constipation and diarrhea.
The symptoms of eye disorders, including diabetic retinopathy can be mitigated with the ingestion of lemon due the rutin present in lemons.
Lemons contain a relatively high level of potassium – potassium is beneficial to heart-health.
Lemon stimulates the liver, dissolves uric acid and other poisons thereby supporting liver health.
- Very high in vitamin C;
- Nature’s top source of citric acid;
- One of nature’s top seven sources of potassium!
Minerals in Lemons
Vitamins in Lemons
Potassium – 116 mg
Vitamin C – 44.5 mg
Calcium – 22 mg
Vitamin B1 (thiamine) – 0.034 mg
Phosphorus – 13 mg
Vitamin B2 (riboflavin) – 0.017 mg
Magnesium – 7 mg
Vitamin A – 18 IU
Sodium – 2 mg
Iron – 0.5 mg
Selenium 0.3 mcg
Manganese – 0.025 mg
Copper – 0.031 mg
Zinc – 0.05 mg
Also contains small amounts of other minerals.
Niacin – 0.084 mg
Folate – 9 mcg
Pantothenic Acid – 0.16 mg
Vitamin B6 – 0.067 mg
Vitamin E – 0.13 mg
Contains some other vitamins in small amounts.
Lemon contains bioflavoniods (vitamin P) that strengthen blood vessels and prevent internal hemorrhaging.
Lemon are high in pectin fiber which helps to stop huger pains. Additionally a more alkaline diet promotes weight loss. So if your dog is overweight add some lemon to his/her diet. Turmeric is excellent as an aid to weight loss as well. Adding a little fruit and vegetables to your dog’s diet can also help your dog lose weight.
2.0 Treat Skin Conditions
- Undiluted lemon juice (do not use undiluted lemon juice if the skin is broken as the undiluted lemon will sting);
- Green tea and lemon – steep a bag of green tea, let it cool to warn temperature, add the juice of half a lemon and using a cotton ball apply the resulting lemon-tea to the affected area – do not rinse;
- You can also mix 1 part lemon juice with an equal portion of rose or manuka honey water – apply with a cotton ball and leave the mixture on the skin for a minimum of half an hour, then rinse with water.
- You can also bath the puppy in the treatments noted above.
3.0 Avoid Frostbite – Vascular Damage
4.0 Repel insects such as Mosquitos;
5.0 Treatment for Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)
Mix the following together in a bowl:
- Fresh lemon juice – you can also add some minced lemon;
- Use an equal part of warm water;
- And some fresh or frozen crushed cranberries to the lemon juice/warm water mixture and pour the resulting mixture into a food bowl.
- You can also add a few slices of orange (cut it up, don’t use whole uncut sections) and;
- 1 tsp to 1 tbs of organic unfiltered, unpasteurized apple cider vinegar.
6.0 Safe, Effective Shampoo/Cleanser/Rinse
- Steep a bag or two of green tea;
- Allow the tea to cool to room temperature;
- Add the juice of a fresh lemon, and;
- Use the resulting liquid to bath your dog.
- You can also add a few tbs of organic, unfiltered, apple cider vinegar to the tea and lemon mixture.
7.0 Treatment for Eye Infections
- 2 tbs distilled water with;
- 4 drops of fresh squeezed lemon juice;
- Stir well;
- Drop 2 to 3 drops in the eye two to three times a day until the infection clears;
If you would like to understand more about eye infections…
- Typical Causes of an Eye Infection;
- Typical Signs that Your Dog’s or Cat’s Eye May Be Infected;
- Typical Signs of Pink Eye – Conjunctivitis
- Contagiousness of Eye Infections
- Treating and Curing Eye Infections
- Topical Treatments
- Ingested (Dietary) Remedies
- Duration of Treatment
- When To Get Your Dog or Cat to Your Veterinarian
- You can read this article.
8.0 What Type of Lemon Should You Use?
9.0 How to Add the Lemon to Your dog’s Diet
Preparing the Lemon
- Freeze a whole lemon and grate a little over your dog’s food;
- Add fresh lemon juice to your dog’s water bowl – remember to change the lemon water on a daily basis.
- Add fresh-finely minced lemon to your dog’s food.
- Peel the lemon and slice it into 4 to 6 pieces;
- Remove the seeds;
- Finely chop/mince the sections of lemon – I use a food processor to do this;
- Add the finely minced lemon to your dogs’ food once a day;
- Store any remaining minced lemon in an air tight glass container (in the refrigerator) for several days.
Adding The Lemon to The Daily Diet
- Start by using the half the recommended lowest dosage in your dog’s size range – see ‘Daily Dosage’ below;
- Over the space of a week to 10 days gradually increase the amount of lemon to the lowest recommended dosage for your dog’s size range;
- You can then increase to the higher dosage in your dog’s range if you would like to do so.
Daily Dosage (non-therapeutic)
- X-Small dogs – 1/16 to 1/4 tsp/day
- Small dogs – 1/4 to 1 tsp/day
- Medium dogs – 1 to 2 tsp/day
- Large dogs – 2 to 3 tsp/day
- X-Large dogs 3 to 4 tsp/day
‘Really’ says me, well ASPCA and HSUS you are wrong – your condemnation of lemon and citrus as poisonous for dogs is completely out of context. Many foods are poisonous and health threatening in many ways if consumed in unreasonable quantities. Both organizations (but primarily the ASPCA) also condemns other beneficial foods as ‘unsafe’ for dogs. The reason for the condemnation is allopathic rather than logic based…
- Lemon as noted above;
Fats – while some fats are extremely bad for dogs and other fats are 100% essential for dogs;
- Tea – specifically some herbal teas like green tea, camomile tea and rooibos tea provide many health benefits to a dog, yet these are listed as dangerous. There are teas that are dangerous for dogs and other teas that are beneficial.
- Fish, eggs, organ meats, etc. are all good for dogs when included in moderation, but when that threshold is exceeded each of these foods can become health threatening to a dog:
For the most part with some exceptions, the same food that is bad for people is also bad for dogs – highly processed food! Fresh whole foods of many kinds are excellent for dogs as are many herbs and spices.
The ASPCA also lists raw meat as dangerous for dogs – funny that raw meat is a species appropriate/biologically appropriate food for dogs. It is not that raw meat id bad for dogs, it is that when the raw meat is not stored and handled properly it can BECOME a source of e-coli, etc.
Prior to the 1950’s when most dog’s ate ‘people’ food dog’s lived twice the life span that they live now.
I find it ironic that the ASPCA does not include on their list of foods that are bad for dogs highly toxic, carcinogenic ingredients that are in many commercially made processed dog foods, items such as…
So is lemon bad for dogs? Only if you feed it to your dog in unreasonable quantities, and why would anyone want to do that? Does lemon provide great benefits for your dog when provided in reasonable quantities, as evidenced by my own dogs – I would have to conclude yes, lemon when used properly, is beneficial, just as garlic, dairy, specific herbal teas are. The ASPCA’s fear mongering (regarding many wonderful food stuffs that can provide health benefits to our dogs) is ill conceived.
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