Can Dogs Eat Oranges
For people, oranges make handy snacks to eat on the go – protected by their layer of peel. Yet if your dog is asking for their share, or they’ve already helped themselves to your fruit bowl, you’re probably wondering if it’s safe for dogs to eat oranges.
Here is what you need to know about dogs, oranges and how to react when your pet is pestering for a taste.
Can dogs eat oranges?
Yes, dogs can eat oranges. This citrus fruit is not toxic to dogs, and should not have a negative effect on an otherwise healthy hound, if given in moderation. You should not feed your dog more than one or two orange segments, and keep in mind your dog’s size when thinking about portion control.
If you’re unsure whether a human food is safe for your dog to eat, check with your vet first, even if you’re planning on feeding it as an occasional treat. Also keep an eye out for any adverse reaction to the new food.
Are oranges good for dogs?
Oranges are full of vitamin C, fibre and potassium. These nutrients are thought to help maintain a healthy immune system in people, but dogs will get all the nutrients they need from a high quality, specially-formulated complete dog food. Dogs can also make their own vitamin C so don’t usually need to have it supplied in the diet. This means it is best to think of oranges as the odd treat rather than as a necessary addition to your dog’s diet.
Find out more about how to feed your dog a balanced diet with our in-depth article.
When can oranges be harmful for dogs?
Oranges are high in sugar and fairly acidic which could lead to health problems, or exacerbate existing conditions. Ask for the vet’s advice before feeding oranges to your pet if:
Your dog has diabetes
If your dog has been diagnosed with diabetes, this means they will have difficulties managing their blood sugar levels even if they are well-controlled on medication. Dogs suffering from diabetes should not be fed foods that are high in sugar, including oranges and other fruits. In fact, diabetic dogs should stick to a very strict and consistent diet as advised by their vet.
Your dog is overweight
Oranges will add to your pet’s calorie intake, so if you’ve got an overweight dog that loves the taste of oranges, be mindful of the extra calories this fruity snack adds to their daily allowance.
Your dog suffers from intestinal problems
Dogs with a history of dietary sensitivities might get an upset stomach after eating oranges. Don’t feed fruit to your pet if they are prone to diarrhoea or vomiting.
Your dog is predisposed to or has certain types of bladder stones
Dogs predisposed to developing oxalate stones in their bladder may be harmed by excess Vitamin C found in oranges and so should not be given this fruit.
Can dogs have orange peels or seeds?
Orange peels and seeds don’t contain any dangerous substances, but they are difficult to digest and should be considered a choking hazard. The orange peel can also become lodged in the digestive tract causing an obstruction. Make sure you remove both the peel and the seeds, before offering to your dog.
Can dogs have orange juice?
While not toxic, orange juice is not a healthy option for dogs. Due to the high levels of sugar and acidic content, it’s better to avoid juices.
Orange-flavoured drinks should never be given as these can contain artificial flavourings and sweeteners, some of which are poisonous to our pooches.
Can puppies eat oranges?
Puppies can eat oranges, but in very small amounts. It is especially important to make sure the peel and seeds are removed before offering the orange to your puppy and look out for any unusual reactions.
In conclusion, dogs can have oranges (with the peel and seeds removed) in moderation, but owners should be aware that certain health issues can be made worse by the sugar and acid levels found in this fruit. If in doubt, check with your vet first.