Oranges are everyday human food items that people give their dogs. But can dogs eat oranges? Are oranges safe and healthy for dogs?
The good news is oranges are a safe fruit, so, yes, you can give oranges to your dog.
Citrus fruits like oranges are rich in vitamins, potassium, and calcium and low in salt, making them a nutritious treat if dogs consume in moderation — perhaps one or two orange slices each day.
Oranges are high in vitamin C, which helps boost your dog’s immunity.
Health benefits when your dog eats oranges
Dogs can eat oranges but in moderation! It is safe for dogs of all breed types to eat oranges. But don’t plan to make oranges or any citrus fruit your dog’s primary food source. Dogs need nutrients not found in oranges.
Benefits of feeding your dog oranges include:
1. Dietary fiber source
Oranges are one of the best sources of dietary fiber. Puppies that eat oranges stay full longer, and fiber can improve digestive health. All that fiber will help the dog’s body efficiently absorb the fruit’s natural sugar.
2. Powerhouse source of vitamin C
Although dogs rarely experience a vitamin C deficiency, giving them a nutritional boost won’t hurt them. Vitamin C naturally boosts your dog’s immune system.
If your dog experiences metabolic or liver problems, then its body won’t naturally produce vitamin C. Adding oranges or other citrus fruits to your dog’s diet can help it heal.
3. Healthy treat for overweight dogs
Be cautious when giving a diabetic dog orange slices. Due to its high sugar content, orange slices can be dangerous for diabetic dogs.
When are oranges bad for dogs?
While dogs can eat oranges, too much can be dangerous.
Possible side effects for dogs from overeating oranges include:
1. Upset stomach
Oranges are rich in fiber, and too much of it might cause digestive issues.
2. Too sweet
Oranges are high in natural sugar. If your dog is healthy, the sugar from oranges won’t be a problem. But if you have a diabetic dog, then even a tiny amount of sugar can cause an adverse reaction. If your dog is diabetic or suffers from other metabolic issues, avoid giving your dogs oranges because eating them can cause their blood sugar levels to spike.
Remember, all things in moderation. A slice or two of orange won’t hurt your dog, But too much fruit can cause problems, even in healthy dogs.
If your dog has any bad reaction, don’t give your dog orange slices again.
Are orange peels safe for dogs to eat?
No. The orange peel contains toxins that are dangerous for your dog.
Don’t let your dog eat orange peels. If your dog manages to eat an orange peel, it likely will cause vomiting or diarrhea. Call your vet if your dog experiences digestive issues for more than a day.
Again, no. Orange juice, even though natural, is acidic and is not recommended for dogs. Juice also is high in sugar content, which can cause your dog’s tooth enamel to deteriorate.
If you want to keep your dog hydrated, stick with water.
What is the safest way to serve oranges to dogs?
Dogs naturally are drawn to what you are eating and drinking. If you’re eating an orange, it’s OK to give your dog a slice or two. Make sure you remove the peel and seeds.
If your dog has a bad habit of swallowing without chewing, break the orange slice into smaller pieces to avoid any choking hazard.
You also can freeze small pieces of orange to give your dog as a refreshing snack.
Mix in other fruits, too. Blueberries and bananas also are healthy for dogs.
Bottom line: Yes, dogs can eat oranges
Start with small servings and watch your dog closely to ensure he doesn’t have trouble digesting orange slices.
If your dog is overweight or diabetic, don’t let them eat oranges. The high sugar content isn’t healthy.
Talk to your vet if your dog has an adverse reaction to eating oranges that lasts longer than a day.
Sara B. Hansen has spent 20-plus years as a professional editor and writer. She’s also the author of The Complete Guide to Cocker Spaniels. She decided to create her dream job by launching DogsBestLife.com in 2011. Sara grew up with family dogs, and since she bought her first house, she’s had a furry companion or two to help make it a home. She shares her heart and home with Nutmeg, a Pembroke Welsh Corgi. Her previous dogs: Sydney (September 2008-April 2020), Finley (November 1993-January 2008), and Browning (May 1993-November 2007). You can reach Sara @ firstname.lastname@example.org.