Some fruits are good for your dogs while some can be truly dangerous to their health. Some of the most frequent questions people ask about dogs relate to the kinds of foods dogs can and can’t eat. In this article, we’re going to look at oranges and answer the question? Can dogs eat oranges?
So, let’s get right to it… oranges, are they safe for your dog to eat or should you stay away from them?
Can Dogs Eat Oranges?
Well, oranges are kind of in the middle. To answer the question: Yes, dogs can eat oranges (and we can include tangerines and clementines in this group as well). They are not toxic to dogs unlike, say, grapes.
However, even if these citrus fruits are not toxic, it is recommended that you feed them to your dogs in moderation.
Why? Well, because these oranges contain high sugar volumes and can potentially cause some stomach issues for your dogs. GI upset can happen if your pet eats too much of something including oranges.
While the citric acid in oranges is not a usual concern for dogs, it can lead to obesity and other health issues if you feed them too many oranges. So, to summarize, yes, dogs can eat oranges as long as it is in moderated portions. If you want to give them to your dog, it’s recommended that you only give them as a treat and not as part of their daily diet.
If your dog accidentally eats too many oranges in one sitting, we highly suggest monitoring them carefully for any changes in their behavior and appetite. This is just as a precautionary so you will know whether to call your veterinarian or not.
Again, as we always say here in Keeping Your Pets Healthy, it is best to consult your vet first before you give your dog oranges for the first time (or any food for the first). It is always better to see if your dog has any allergies or previous food sensitivities before introducing them to a new food.
With that said, we hope your dog enjoys oranges – but remember that moderation is key!
Learn More About What Human Foods Are Health or Harmful for Dogs
This article is part of our special series of articles about “What Human Foods Can Dogs Eat?”
Please check out other articles in the series including: Can Dogs Eat Peaches?