Pomelo is also known as Chinese grapefruit is the largest citrus fruit from the citrus family native to Southeast Asia. It’s a highly nutritious fruit that contains a variety of vitamins, minerals, and fiber, it also rich in antioxidants that can prevent or slow damage to cells caused by free radicals. The sweet but lemony taste of Pomelo is love and enjoyed by so many people around the world, if you are a fur parent and love to eat Pomelo as part of your regular fruit intake you must wondering if you can share this healthy fruit with your lovely pets. “Can Dogs Eat Pomelo?” Keep reading to learn!
First know the difference of Pomelo to Grapefruit that is well know to be toxic fruit to dogs.
Are Pomelo and Grapefruit the Same?
Pomelo and Grapefruit are both citrus fruit, although they are both look the same at the first glance they are different from each other, Pomelo is larger than grapefruit (in fact largest among all citrus fruits), the skin of it has blemishes varies in color from yellowish-green to pale yellow to orange, and contains oil cells that are visible as tiny green spots, the shape of Pomelo is more like a teardrop while the Grapefruit is a cross of wild orange and a pomelo, its skin is smooth that comes in shades from bright to reddish yellow, the shape of Grapefruit is round.
There are many different varieties of wild and cultivated pomelos, and each varies in tartness, sweetness, and bitterness but in general, pomelos taste very much like grapefruits.
Can Dogs Eat Pomelo?
Maybe. Pomelo is not toxic for dogs like grapefruits so it is safe to say that dogs can eat Pomelo but make sure it is in small amounts and in moderation. Pomelo contains sugar that is unhealthy and can harm dogs if taken in a large amount or frequently, sugar can cause obesity, diabetes, and periodontal disease to dogs. A large amount of Pomelo eaten by dogs can also cause stomach ache, diarrhea, and vomiting.
How to Feed Pomelo to Your Dog
In feeding Pomelo to your dog make sure to remove the seeds, leaves, and skin and only the flesh your dog will eat with that, you can assure that your dog won’t get any toxic from the fruit. Below is the step by step guide on how to feed Pomelo to your dog:
- Remove the thick rind of Pomelo
- Cut out a small section of the fruit’s flesh
- Remove and never feed the seeds to your dog
- Give the Pomelo flesh with your dog in small amount and in moderation
Health Benefits of Pomelo for Dogs
Pomelo contains several vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that make it a healthy addition to your diet but how about to your lovely pets? Below are some health benefits of Pomelo to your dog:
- Rich in Protein – it helps maintain healthy muscles.
- High in Fiber – is a great resource for a dog’s digestive tract.
- Rich in antioxidants – can help prevent and reverse cellular damage caused by free radicals. The lycopene in pomelo (also an antioxidant), helps to lower inflammation.
- Vitamin C – It scavenges potentially harmful free radicals in the body and can help reduce inflammation and cognitive aging.
Note: Not all human foods are safe to feed or share with your lovely pets especially dogs, make sure to ask your vet for advice before trying out to feed new food or treats to your dogs.