We’re all aware of the health benefits of orange juice, but does it cross over to dogs as well? With the high levels of vitamin C and the overall goodness of this fresh juice, it seems like a winner.
But the nutritional requirements for dogs are very different than ours. They usually get all they require from their fortified dog food and fresh water. You typically don’t need to supplement it with things like orange juice or vitamin tablets.
You are used to giving your dog water daily so switching it up to orange juice may seem like a good idea. The truth is water is all they need for hydration. Orange juice isn’t going to boost their immune system or make it function better.
Can I Give My Dog Orange Juice? Answer: Not Recommended
Since your dog doesn’t need anything that’s contained in orange juice, not even the vitamin C, there’s no point in giving it to them.
The only reason people consider it at all is because of the healthy benefits that we humans get from drinking it. But since it’s not the case for dogs, it’s best to avoid the whole idea altogether.
When you think of giving your dog people food, just picture them out in the wild. Ask yourself if they were out roaming around, would they eat this? This is a great way to determine if a dog can have something.
For example, can they have a bone? Sure, because out in the wild that’s what they’d be gnawing on. Can they have a pancake? Well, maybe they can but it’s not really going to benefit them in any way.
Sugar and Acid
With the amount of sugar that is in commercially produced orange juice, and the amount of citric acid that’s naturally in oranges, giving it to your dog probably isn’t a good idea. A likely scenario is that they’ll get a stomach ache. If you give it to them regularly, they could develop chronic stomach problems and lose some tooth enamel.
The acid in orange juice can make your dog’s stool acidic and can give them a burning sensation when they poo.
If your dog drinks up some spilled OJ, it’s not a big problem. You shouldn’t worry about it too much. If they appear to enjoy it, that’s just a dog’s nature. But it should not be interpreted as something that they should get on a regular basis.
Healthy Snack Alternatives
If you’re looking for something natural and healthy to give your dog as a treat or something that their taste buds are not used to, try what vets’ recommend, either some nice baby carrots or a piece of apple. Ask your local veterinarian what they recommend you give them as a natural alternative to their normal store-bought treats.
You can bet orange juice won’t be on their list of approved things to give your dog.
Water Only, No OJ
If your dog was left to its own devices they wouldn’t be picking fresh oranges. They would simply find a water source and drink until their thirst was quenched. Water is much better just from a hydration standpoint when compared to orange juice.
Therefore, as the owner, you don’t need to worry about any additional beverages besides a fresh dish of cool water at all times. Your dog will naturally drink their fill, and will stop when they are no longer thirsty.
Dogs & Juice in General
Some people do juice fasts to be healthy. Infomercials on TV will have you believe that you need to drink lots of fresh-squeezed juice. But for dogs they honestly don’t need it. It’s also not a good way to keep them hydrated. Their fuel and energy is derived from the vitamins and minerals they get in meats which are specially formulated in their dog food.
So while your heart is in the right place you shouldn’t give your dog orange juice. It’s not the best for their system and doesn’t contain the canine benefits that you might have thought it did.