Are Oranges Good for Dogs?
Has your dog eaten an orange? Are you now wondering: Can dogs eat oranges? And if so, Are oranges good for dogs? Well, in this article I will be answering these questions and more, so keep on reading.
Our dogs are valued members of our families and as such, we want to make sure we look after their health and get adequate nutrition from their meals and treats.
Not all human foods are safe for dogs to consume, so let’s get into the article and find out, are oranges good for dogs?
Are oranges toxic to dogs?
The good news is, the fleshy part of an orange, is not toxic to dogs, yay!
That is, as long as they don’t have any dietary restrictions and they are fit and healthy.
Please don’t give them too much though, as the high sugar content can possibly cause your pooch to have an upset stomach.
Even then, I always suggest getting the thumbs up from your veterinarian before giving a dog any human food, including oranges.
How are oranges good for dogs?
The flesh of oranges is low in sodium and high in potassium, fiber, iron, and as we all know, vitamin C. These can help flush toxins out of the body, as well as giving their immune system a boost.
Dogs produce vitamin C naturally, and if you get dog food that is nutritionally balanced, then there is no reason for your dog needing supplementation of any of these nutrients.
But, if you have a highly active dog and you do want to add oranges to their diet, like most good things, they should only be given in moderation, and as a treat for good behavior.
Can oranges be bad for dogs?
Avoid letting your dog eat the skin/peel, seeds, pith, leaves, or stem of oranges, as these may be toxic. They may also, become lodged in the throat of the digestive system, possibly causing problems, which may require surgery to correct.
Navel oranges are a great choice, as they don’t have any seeds to remove.
The peel also contains an oil that is known to cause gastrointestinal upset (stomach ache) in some dogs. As will eating too much orange because their digestive systems are not really suited to eating citrus fruits.
Due to the high sugar content, avoid feeding your dog oranges if they are overweight. Or they suffer from diabetes, as the high amounts of sugar, even though it’s natural sugar, can cause their insulin levels to spike.
If your dog is diabetic, and he or she has eaten a large amount of orange, give your vet a call to get their medical advice.
It is best to not give oranges to dogs that have a sensitive gastrointestinal system.
First time feeding orange?
Some dogs will eat anything you place in front of them, but not all dogs like the acidic taste of oranges or other orange-type citrus fruit.
If you are giving your dog orange for the first time and your veterinarian has given you the thumbs up. Start off with a small amount, proportionate to their size, and see how your pup reacts to it.
Acidic fruit can cause vomiting and/or diarrhea in some dogs, so go slow, feed them a small amount per day. If they don’t show any signs of any side effects, you can keep giving them orange as an occasional treat, but stick with the 10% treat rule.
If you’re unsure what the 10% rule is, treats should make up no more than 10% of your dog’s daily calorie intake.
Any unusual behavior after feeding them orange, stop giving it to them, take away any uneaten orange, and consult your vet.
How about orange juice?
It’s not toxic to dogs, but it isn’t recommended to give dogs orange juice, its will likely have added or artificial sugars and is very acidic.
Just keep plenty of water available to keep your pup healthy, happy, and hydrated.
How about other types of citrus fruit?
You can give your dog other types of oranges too, such as Mandarins, Clementines, satsumas, Tangerines, and Blood Oranges. As long as you follow the same advice given for oranges, including, consulting with your vet.
Citrus fruits such as grapefruit, lemons, and limes are disliked by most dogs as they are far too sour.
Are oranges good for dogs?
As we have found out from this article, dogs can have the flesh of an orange and they can be good for them if eaten in moderation.
Dogs don’t need the nutrients found in oranges if they are being fed dog food that is nutritionally balanced, but if you do want to feed your pooch some fresh orange, make sure to stick to the 10% rule.
However, if your pooch is vitamin C deficient, then supplementing their diet with some fresh orange, could be a great idea.
Always consult with your veterinarian before feeding your dog human foods, and take their advice on how much you should be feeding them.
I hope you found value in this article and now have a better understanding of dogs eating oranges. Please share this article with your friends, and check out more of my food-related posts including: Can dogs have watermelon? – Can dogs have walnuts? – Can dogs have strawberries? – Can dogs have cinnamon? And Can dogs have apples, bananas & pineapples?