Oranges are O.K. for your dogs to eat, but don't overdo it! Perhaps a few segments of oranges make a good snack, but there are some risks you need to be aware of when it comes to feeding fruit (any kind) to your dogs.
Can dogs eat oranges?
The AKC tells us that oranges are full of nutrients, potassium, and some fiber, and they are low in sodium, which makes them a healthy snack if given in limited amounts -- maybe one or two segments a day. Yet only feed the fleshy part of the fruit.
Are there any hazards?
The seeds, peel, leaves, or stem of the orange contain oils that are poisonous, so make sure you only feed pets the fleshy part of the fruit. Citrus can also upset the stomach.
Peel the orange and of course remove all the seeds.
Risks include the following list from the AKC:
- GI upset due to a moderate amount of sugar content
- Orange peels can be lodged in the digestive tract
- Obesity! Don't feed more than a one or two segments
What about choking?
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Watch those seeds! The peel can also be an issue as it is hard to digest.
What other fruit & veggies can my dogs eat?
Dog owners should consider most fruit as healthy snacks. This snack should always supplement their dog's diet and perhaps be added as a topper to dog food. Feed this in moderation of course, as fruit can cause some gastrointestinal upset. Here's a list:
- Apples(without the core or seeds)
- Green Beans
Raw orange segments are a great treat and most dogs will enjoy this treat! Tangerines and clementines follow all the same rules as oranges. There are similar health benefits and vitamin C will help with the dog's immune system but these are even sweeter so feed less than two segments.
If you have diabetic dogs then you should talk to your vet about what to feed your dog as a treat. Oranges are not a great snack. Always be mindful that citric acid from feeding oranges can also upset your dog's stomach and digestive system.