When you start cutting into a juicy pomelo fruit, does your dog start begging for a piece? That’s right—a lot of dogs crave pomelo. But is it safe for you to feed your pet pomelo? How much can you give him? What are the health benefits and potential drawbacks? Let’s dive in and discover the answers.
What is Pomelo?
Pomelo is a citrus fruit that looks a lot like a grapefruit. In fact, it is sometimes known as “Chinese grapefruit.” Other names include “pommelo,” “pumelo,” and “shaddock.” These fruits can be massive. While most are close in size to grapefruits, some can rival watermelons! In terms of flavor, pomelo has lemony notes and more sweetness than grapefruit.
Is Pomelo Safe For Dogs?
The short answer is, “Yes!” Pomelo is safe for dogs. But as with any other fruit, there are some guidelines to making sure you don’t overdo it.
Pay attention, because this is super important. You can feed your dog the flesh of the pomelo safely, but not the toxic seeds, leaves or skin.
Health Benefits of Pomelo for Dogs
Pomelo is safe for dogs to eat, but is it healthy? In small quantities, yes! It is rich in protein, fiber, riboflavin, thiamine, vitamin C, copper, and potassium.
If your dog has digestive issues, getting more fiber can help increase regularity. The protein helps your dog maintain healthy muscles.
Additionally, pomelo contains the antioxidants naringenin and naringin, which help fight oxidative stress.
Meanwhile, the lycopene in pomelo (also an antioxidant), helps to lower inflammation.
There are also animal studies showing improvements in cholesterol and triglycerides in response to pomelo extract.
Research suggests blood sugar benefits as well when consuming pomelo.
Pomelo also can help get rid of bacteria and fungi.
There is even research that points toward the anti-cancer properties of pomelo, but more studies are needed.
How Much Pomelo Can Your Dog Eat?
So, your dog can eat pomelo safely and benefit from it—that’s awesome! But how much is a healthy amount?
Like many other fruits, pomelo has a fair amount of sugar in it. It is also acidic. Giving your dog too much can lead to digestive problems. Making large portions a regular thing could also lead to weight gain.
No more than 10% of your dog's daily diet should comprise treats or snacks for some context. But no, that does not mean your dog should get 10% of his daily calories from pomelo. A few bites a couple of times a week is appropriate.
Note: Some Citruses are Toxic to Dogs.
Are you grabbing a grapefruit now to feed to your pup? Stop now! Even though dogs can eat pomelo, they cannot eat some other types of citrus fruit, like grapefruit and lemon. These fruits are toxic to your pet.
Always do your research before feeding your pet a new fruit, even if it seems similar to another fruit! You can look up any fruit you are wondering about right here on our site.
How to Feed Pomelo to Your Dog
- Pomelo has a thick rind your pet cannot eat. So, use a series of notches to peel it away.
- Cut out a small section of the fruit’s flesh.
- Check the section carefully for seeds. If you find any, throw them away.
- Present the pomelo to your dog.
Can a Dog Be Allergic to Pomelo?
Great—now you know how much pomelo you can safely feed your dog. But wait—could your pet be allergic to this citrus fruit?
Any particular food could feasibly produce an allergic reaction in some dogs. While your pet probably won’t have a pomelo allergy, you should be cautious, just as you would when introducing any other new food.
Start slowly, and be on the lookout for any signs of an allergic reaction. Those might include hives, itching, paw or ear infections, indigestion, or facial swelling.
Don't see any of those? Awesome. Your dog is not allergic to pomelo. You can now try feeding him a slightly larger amount and make it a regular treat.
Conclusion: The Flesh of the Pomelo Fruit is Safe for Your Dog in Small Amounts
That's it! You now know pomelo is safe for dogs in small quantities and can even have potential health benefits. Enjoy sharing this delicious citrus fruit with your best pal!