Can dogs eat oranges?

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Can dogs eat oranges?

Oranges are rich in vitamin C with a punch of potassium, fiber, and other nutrients. If you love oranges, you may be wondering, “can dogs eat oranges too?”. Yes, you can share some of those oranges with your canine buddy. Just remember to remove the peel, seeds, and pith of the fruit and only give your dog the flesh of the orange. Dogs aren’t able to digest the orange peel which may lead to digestive upsets. The seeds may contain toxic compounds. Also, some dogs may find the scent of the oils on the peel a little too strong for their sensitive noses. Keep reading for more tips on how to safely feed your dog oranges.

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Is it safe for dogs to eat oranges?

While oranges can safely be eaten by dogs of all ages and sizes, they should not be given to dogs that have been diagnosed with certain health issues.

The natural sugar in oranges, while not bad, can wreak havoc on the system of diabetic or overweight dogs, especially when fed in large amounts. Blood sugar levels can climb and the extra calories can add up, which is bad for an already overweight dog.

If you’re giving a complete and balanced diet to your pet, there’s no need to depend on oranges to supply your dog’s need for the vitamins the fruit contains. However, if your pooch loves the flesh of the orange, it will be a tasty treat once in a while. Healthy dogs are capable of producing their own vitamin C, so they won’t need the vitamin C from oranges.

Dog athletes can benefit from an extra dose of vitamin C. Extreme physical activity or stress can affect the capacity of the liver to synthesize vitamin C. A small dose of vitamin C and potassium from oranges can help boost the immune system function of these dogs.

Dogs with decreased liver function can also munch on some orange slices and enjoy the benefits of vitamin C.

Can eating oranges be dangerous for my dog?

Oranges should not be given to dogs with sensitive digestive systems. A sensitive dog can develop an upset stomach as a result of the natural sugar in oranges and their acidic nature. It is also a good idea to opt for seedless varieties, like navel oranges. Overweight or obese dogs can easily pile on more pounds when given sugar-rich oranges.

If it’s your dog’s first time to have an orange, just offer a small piece of orange and see if your dog likes the smell and taste. If he eats some, keep an eye out for signs of any adverse reactions.

If your dog ate too many oranges, you should be on alert for any of the following symptoms: (Consult your vet if you have any concerns or questions about your dog’s symptoms)

  • Digestive upsets - Some dogs can experience vomiting or diarrhea after eating oranges.
  • Worsened diabetes symptoms - The sugar content of oranges can trigger a sudden spike in blood sugar which can have harmful effects in diabetic dogs.
  • Choking and blockage of the GI tract - Orange slices that have seeds or peels still intact can become potential choking hazards. They can also get stuck in any part of the GI tract and cause an obstruction.

Can my dog eat other citrus fruits like clementines, tangerines, and mandarins?

Dogs can eat all kinds of oranges. Just remember to give these fruits in moderation. And don’t forget to remove the peels and seeds to prevent stomach upset.

Can puppies eat oranges?

Yes, you can offer oranges to your puppy but in very small amounts. Puppies tend to be more prone to digestive upsets compared to their adult counterparts. Just as with adult dogs, always remember to remove the peel, pith, and seeds.

Is orange juice safe for dogs?

Orange juice contains substantial amounts of sugar and is very acidic. It’s not recommended for dogs even though it’s not considered to be toxic.

Ready-to-drink and powdered orange juices are also unhealthy for dogs. They can cause digestive issues and won’t provide any nutritional value for your pet.

How many oranges should I feed my dog?

For larger breeds of dogs, such as Labrador Retrievers or German Shepherds, at least 1-3 sections are good enough, but that amount would probably cause a smaller dog breed, such as a Pug or Boston Terrier, to have an upset stomach. Also, giving large portions of oranges if you can make up a substantial portion of the daily calorie intake than is recommended.

Serving Ideas

Here are some juicy ways to share a bit of orange goodness with your canine buddy:

  • Add a few orange slices to a dog-friendly fruit and veggie salad. A tiny bit of orange juice can also be used as a dressing.
  • Make some orange-flavored fruit ‘pupsicles’. They make tasty treats especially on days when it’s very hot and humid.
  • Offer a few fresh orange wedges to your pooch as a juicy snack.
  • When offering any type of snack or treat to your dog it’s important to remember that they should not exceed 10% of a dog’s calorie intake. Moderation should always be observed to prevent your pet from piling on extra pounds.

Read more:

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Published: 9/22/2021

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