Can Dogs Eat Oranges?

You love the sweet taste of oranges, but is it safe to feed this citrus to your dog?

Dogs can eat a variety of different foods, including fruit. But that doesn’t mean that all fruits are safe for canine consumption. How about oranges—where does this citrus treat stand when it comes to our dogs?

The short answer: yes, dogs can eat oranges. This citrus is not toxic to dogs, and most pooches can eat a few slices without experiencing any issues. Like any human food, the key is how much you can serve your dog, as overdoing it can lead to digestive and other health issues. As well, dogs affected by certain diseases should keep clear of this fruit.

Let’s talk about the benefits of feeding your dog oranges, clementines, or tangerines.

What are the benefits of oranges for dogs?

Not only are oranges safe and tasty to dogs, this citrus fruit has a few health benefits to boot! Oranges are a good source of dietary fiber and are full of Vitamin C, which can strengthen your pet’s immune system and help them ward off any potential health issues. While it’s true that dogs do produce Vitamin C on their own, introducing an additional source of it in their diet can’t harm them. If your dog is frequently stressed or performs extreme activities, his liver might not be able to synthesize Vitamin C, so eating oranges can significantly improve his well-being.

If your dog is overweight, an orange is a wonderful alternative to fattening doggie treats. A few slices of this fruit offers him a sweet treat that won’t affect his diet.

Are there any risks to feeding your dog oranges?

While yes, it’s okay to feed your dog oranges, you need to be sure not to overdo it, otherwise, there can be some side effects.

Oranges are a fiber-rich food—if you give your dog too much, it can lead to digestion issues. If your dog has a particularly sensitive digestive system, you’ll need to keep a close eye on how much orange you’re feeding him.

Oranges are also rich in natural sugars. For healthy dogs, this isn’t a problem. But if your dog has diabetes, you should avoid giving him any oranges, as he may have an adverse reaction.

It’s important not to give your dog too much of any fruit in order to avoid any potential issues. When it comes to oranges, you should only give your dog a segment or two during one sitting. Small dogs shouldn’t have more than one-third of an orange, while large breed dogs can finish off a whole orange, as long as you dole it out in smaller servings.

Can dogs eat orange peels?

Your dog can eat orange peel (the rind), but they shouldn’t. There’s nothing in the peel that’s harmful to dogs, but it can be hard to digest and upset your pet’s stomach.

But did you know that the orange pith (the white stringy layer between the fruit’s flesh and rind), is full of antioxidants and fibers? As well, the orange pith has no sugar or acid, so there won’t be anything that could irritate your dog’s stomach. As long as it’s removed from the orange peel, the pith is probably the safest and most beneficial part of the orange.

What about clementines and tangerines?

Mandarins are a type of orange that are flat on both ends and have a somewhat different flavor than a regular orange. Tangerines and clementines both belong to the mandarin group, and the same rules apply to these fruits as they do for oranges. Your dog can eat clementines and tangerines, as long as you peel them first and be wary of the amount you’re giving him.

Clementines and Tangerines tend to be sweeter, so you should be careful with dogs who shouldn’t have foods that cause blood sugar to spike. Only give these fruits to canines that have no health issues. Never feed more than a half of fruit for a smaller dog and a whole tangerine or clementine for bigger canines.

How should you serve oranges to your dog?

The original way to eat oranges is the best way. Just peel and divide into segments. Raw orange fragments are a fantastic treat for your furry BFF. Stay away from orange juice—even when freshly squeezed. It’s too concentrated, and doesn’t boast the dietary fibers that make natural sugars safe for canine consumption.

You can also feel free to include oranges in any treats or meals you might make for your dog. Either way, he’ll love it!

Meet the Author: Amy Tokic

Amy Tokic is the Editor of Petguide.com, the flagship site to over 70 different pet communities, which offers pet parents a one-stop-info-shop for all things dog and cat related. Amy's been with PetGuide since the beginning, guided by the wisdom of her Shih Tzu mix and furry roommate, Oscar. Together, this pet power couple has their paw on the pulse of the pet industry, sniffing out trends, advice, news, tasty treat recipes and other tail-wagging stories.

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