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.
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.
Oranges good for dogs – Oranges are full of vitamin C, fiber 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.
When can oranges be harmful
Oranges are high in sugar and fairly acidic which could lead to health problems, or exacerbate existing conditions.
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,
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.
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.
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.
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-flavored drinks should never be given as these can contain artificial flavoring’s and sweeteners, some of which are poisonous to our pooches.