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FYI – if you haven’t figured it out yet, I’m a huge fan of language and so I might be a little geeky from time to time where some words are concerned. That’s why before I really get into the reason for this post, I just want to share with you that I’m a little distracted by looking at the word “citrus.” CITRUS – doesn’t that look weird? I’ve used it a million times, seen it a million times, but I’m not sure if I’ve ever written it before, and maybe that’s why it’s just so odd looking to me. Citrus c i t r u s c-i-t-r-u-s. Okay, I’m done.
Back to the reason we’re here, earlier this week I developed a recipe for homemade treats for Bart, just for fun. I based the ingredients on things he loves to eat and also things that I enjoy and believe make everything taste better. Two of which were ginger and lemon juice. It is common knowledge that dogs do not like the smell of citrus, so it might always take a little sneakiness to get it into their systems. I also know for a fact that Bart doesn’t care for ginger, but I also know it is really good for him. So I used it sparingly and he didn’t seem to mind it at all. The lemon juice was a first try for me and Bart, and if he doesn’t like it, he never let it show because he gobbled those treats down like manna from heaven. It was a fun project through and through.
So lemons and dogs, do they mix? Well, of course I would not have put lemon juice in his treats without doing the research and what I found is, yes they go very well together. As with just about everything, you want to be conservative about the amounts of lemon you give to your dog, but this super sour sucker is packed with a lot of wholesome goodness, including vitamin C which protects our cells from free radicals that can cause cancer.
FYI: The lemon tree and leaves are actually highly toxic to dogs and cats, (and horses) and should be kept away from curious leaf chewers for sure.
Here’s a quick rundown of some of the benefits of lemons for your dog:
• Lemons have high levels of antioxidants which can help reduce the common symptoms of aging.
• Although they are acidic, they have an alkalizing effect when digested and help to balance the body’s PH levels, thereby aiding in alleviating arthritis pain and fighting cancer.
• Lemon juice is an antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antiseptic and antioxidant.
• Great for digestion, adding lemon juice to your dog’s water can help with diarrhea and constipation, but only if you can get your dog to drink it.
• Some believe that adding lemon juice to a dog’s water can alleviate halitosis
• Lemon juice boosts the immune system.
• It’s high in potassium, which is a nutrient that we all need to get more of into our diets, and this can also stimulate appetite in dogs that may not want to eat for whatever reason.
• The vitamin C in lemons helps to boost nutrient absorption.
The list goes on. Like I said before, it should be given in small amounts, but along side of so many other amazing foods that can be used as medicine, it is a nice addition to the arsenal. For example, there are recipes of health boosting teas that call for blending lemon juice, cinnamon and turmeric.
I’m currently reading Dr. Mercola’s new book “Effortless Healing,” and in it he emphasizes that the closer to raw our vegetables and fruits are, the more healthy and nutritionally dense they are for the body. If you can get your dog to ingest some lemon juice in the raw, that’s wonderful. I put mine in the cookies that I baked for Bart, and at least he’s reaping some benefits of lemon. I’ll experiment with lemon juice some more in the near future and I’ll let you know what happens.
If you have any tales of lemons and pups, please share them with us all by hitting the reply button. I love hearing from you!
Disclaimer: I am not a medical practitioner and this should not be construed as medical advice. Consult the healer of your choice for professional guidance.