Can Dogs Have Oranges: Exploring Citrus Fruits for Dogs

Pet care & safety
Dog Eating Oranges from Person's Hand

Any other pet owners ever find themselves eating a healthy snack and then look down to see the cute, pleading eyes of their canine companion asking them to share? You may find yourself wondering what is safe for your pet to eat. I know I struggle to say no to my Golden Retriever’s puppy dog eyes at times. Can dogs eat apples? Can dogs eat watermelon? Carrots? Green beans? Blueberries? Can dogs eat oranges? There are many everyday fruits and veggies that are safe to share with your pup. It is important to be familiar with what is and is not safe for your dog to avoid potentially giving them something that could be harmful. 

Are Oranges Good for Dogs? 

Oranges are a safe and nutritious snack for most dogs. While commercial dog foods are balanced and contain all the nutrients your pup needs, they can still reap the benefits of a little extra. Oranges are loaded with Vitamin C, potassium and fiber. Vitamin C is beneficial to your pet’s immune system, while potassium is important to contraction of muscles, including the heart, and nerves. Fiber promotes regular bowel movements to maintain colon health.   

Although there are beneficial nutrients in oranges, they should be fed in moderation due to their high sugar and citric acid content, both of which can cause gastrointestinal upset in our canines. I recommend high sugar treats, such as oranges, be avoided all together in dogs who are overweight or diabetic

How Much of an Orange Can I Give My Dog? 

Treats should only make up 10% or less of your pet’s daily caloric intake. When it comes to oranges, portion sizes for dogs vary based on their size. A smaller dog can have around 1 orange segment, while a larger dog should be fine with up to 3 orange segments. It is always important to introduce new foods or treats slowly as not everything will agree with every dog. Giving a small amount of an orange and then monitoring for adverse effects is important to ensure they are not causing your pup an upset stomach. Just as we humans have individual tastes and preferences, so do our dogs. Some dogs may not appreciate the taste or smell of citrus fruit and may turn their nose up at the offer.  

Dog Smelling Oranges

Can Dogs Eat Blood Oranges?  Can Dogs Eat Orange Peels? 

All types of oranges, including mandarins, clementines and blood oranges are okay for dogs in moderation. No matter what type of orange you choose to share, it is recommended that the peel and seeds be removed. These parts of the orange are not as easily digested as the rest and can lead to an upset stomach and potentially even bowel obstruction.   

Make Sure You Know Which Foods are Toxic for Dogs 

It is essential as a pet owner to be aware that there are common foods such as grapes, raisins, onions or chocolate that are toxic to pets. While fruits like oranges, apples and watermelon are safe, other fruits and veggies are not, so educating yourself is a great way to avoid the consequences of your pup getting into something dangerous.  

Accidents can happen anytime, even to the most responsible pet parent. While we strive to keep our furry companions safe, sometimes a curious pup might snatch a forbidden treat or encounter something unexpected on a walk. In these situations, prompt veterinary attention is crucial for their well-being.  

This is where pet insurance can be a lifesaver. It acts as a financial safety net, ensuring you can prioritize your dog's health without the added stress of unexpected vet bills. Knowing your pup is covered, from a minor stomach upset caused by a sneaky orange peel to a more serious condition, allows you to focus on your furry friend's recovery, not the financial burden. Pet insurance is simply a smart way to ensure your furry friend gets the care they deserve, no matter what life throws their way. 

Long Story Short: Oranges are Safe for Dogs 

If you have questions or concerns about introducing a new snack to your pet, in addition to a slow introduction and monitoring, consider consulting with your veterinarian regarding your individual pet. It is our responsibility as pet owners to be prepared for the unexpected, but also to educate ourselves on what is safe for our pets to help avoid the avoidable.   

Sharing a healthy treat with your dog can be a fun way to bond. So, the next time you catch your pup eyeing your orange with those irresistible puppy dog eyes, go ahead and share a segment, these little moments of connection are what make pet parenthood so special. Orange you glad you can share a healthy snack with your furry best friend?