Can Dogs Eat Oranges?

Besides wanting the best for ourselves at all times, we also want the best for our dogs. If oranges are highly beneficial and nutritious for humans, it’s only natural to wonder if they can also help keep our pets healthy and prolong their lives.

Can dogs eat oranges?

The simple answer is generally yes, dogs can eat oranges. While dogs can eat usually oranges, veterinary doctors suggest that it’s best to only give them the inside of the fruit to eat and not the peel. 

Oranges help us in the following ways:

1. They are high in Vitamin C;

2. They contain potassium; and

3. They contain fiber to help with digestion.

Below are some important factors you may want to consider while deciding whether oranges are good or bad for your dog:

1. Their weight;

2. Illness (e.g., diabetes); and/or

3. Digestive health.

What types of oranges can dogs eat?

There are different varieties of orange. However, navel oranges generally seem to be best for dogs because they are a seedless variety. You can try it first. When navel oranges are not in season, take care to remove any seeds from other oranges, including the white peel and pith, because they are toxic.

How to feed your dog oranges

First, be sure your dog doesn’t consume too many oranges, because the sugar can harm their digestive system. A dog can also be at risk of gaining extra weight and getting diabetes if consuming too many fruits like oranges.

For safety purposes, small dogs should be fed no more than one segment of an orange a day. Larger dogs may be able to handle 2-3 segments. Start with smaller amounts first to see if your dog can digest it properly before giving them more.

Can dogs drink orange juice?

No. According to vets, it is not advisable. Even though orange juice is 100% natural, there is a high concentration of sugars and citric acid in it. Dogs don’t necessarily require the vitamins in orange juice or any other type of fruit juice. Water remains the best drink for your dog to keep them hydrated and healthy.

Can dogs eat orange peels?

No. Dogs should not eat orange peels. You must first remove the peel and any patch of skin before feeding your dog the oranges, as they contain toxins. Orange peels can also be difficult for dogs to digest, so they should be avoided.

Can dogs eat other citrus fruit?

The answer depends on the type of citrus fruit. Tangerines are examples of citrus fruits that dogs can eat. However, feed them in smaller amounts and only the fleshy part because they are high in sugar and calories like oranges. When taken in larger quantities, they can cause a gastronomical upset. Avoid lemons and limes because they contain psoralens, linalool, and limonene, which are very acidic and can harm your dog. To keep your dog healthy, ensure you always research any fruit or food you intend to give them.

Is the Vitamin C in oranges good for dogs?  

The Vitamin C in oranges helps us stay healthy. However, dogs produce their own Vitamin C naturally within their bodies and don’t require any other dietary source.

Can dogs have too much orange?

If it may be possible your dog ate too much orange, watch carefully for any symptoms of stomach issues.

Symptoms could include fatigue, reduced appetite, apparent discomfort, vomiting and/or diarrhea, decreased water consumption, and/or increased licking of lips, objects, or the air.

Contact your veterinarian if you observe these symptoms.

Learn more helpful tips for mastering dog care at The Dog’s Avenue.

Editor’s Note

This article is intended for educational purposes only. It is not to be used as a replacement for veterinary advice. Factors like a dog’s age, health, and diet can impact the safety of a food, activity, or product for the dog.

You should regularly consult with your dog’s veterinarian to learn how you can provide the best care for your dog. Always ask your dog’s veterinarian before giving your dog a new food or trying out a new activity or product.