Can Dogs Have Oranges?

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Can Dogs Eat OrangesYes…Oranges are a safe treat for most dogs.

Note the key word is “TREAT”, oranges are not recommended to be more than an occasional snack and should adhere to the 10% rule…which is, only 10% of your dogs’ calories should come from treats.

4 Important Things to Know Before Feeding Your Dog Oranges:

  1. Oranges are high in sugar which can contribute to obesity in dogs.
  2. Though this should be considered common sense, it still should be stated, don’t give your dog the orange peel or the seeds. They are not toxic, but they are difficult to digest and can cause serious GI (gastrointestinal) upset.
  3. Though rare, some dogs might have a food sensitivity to citrus fruit, which would likely result in vomiting or diarrhea, so introduce oranges in very small amounts until you are sure it’s not going to cause an upset stomach.
  4. According to Dr. Jen Gale, DVM, “Most dogs will avoid citrus fruit.” In any case, don’t be shocked if Fido turns up his nose to an orange segment…which is probably why most commercial dog treats aren’t flavored with oranges.

3 Benefits of Feeding Oranges as Treats to Fido:

  1. They’re high in potassium which is important to the proper function of muscles, organs, and digestion.
  2. They’re high in fiber which also helps in digestion, though keep in mind too much fiber isn’t a good thing either
  3. It’s rare for dogs to be allergic to oranges, which makes them a great treat alternative for dogs who suffer from common food allergies like grains, poultry, and soy.

What about other Citrus Fruit?

Alright, we know oranges are safe for Fido, what about lemons, tangerines, or grapefruit?

The short answer?

  • Lemons: NO
  • Tangerines: Yes
  • Grapefruit: NO

What have we learned from this? Check with reliable resources before assuming foods are safe for Fido. Just because foods are in the same “family” doesn’t mean that they are all safe to give to your dog. When in doubt, it’s best to check with your local veterinarian.

Personal Note…As a mom of four amazing canine kids (None of which are named Fido) I always want to give them the very best life has to offer…which means that if I’m handing out treats whether from a box or from the produce section, I want to make sure it’s safe.

Oh, and in case you were wondering my dogs won’t eat oranges…