Has your dog ever begged for oranges? Have you ever wondered if oranges are safe for dogs to eat? They are OK but in moderation of course. It’s alright to feed oranges to your dog but, needless to say, you should be taking off the peel before you feed one to your dog.
Understand that oranges shouldn’t be part of their regular diet. Don’t feed them too many, as oranges can be overly acidic for dogs and likely cause bouts of diarrhea. Keep in mind, it’s not really necessary to give them to your K9. They don’t need the Vitamin C, unless specifically ordered by your vet, so you’re not doing them any health favors by giving them an orange. Also, they also don’t really care about how foods taste, so it’s not as if you’re broadening their palette.
There really is no evidence that oranges are good or bad for dogs but there are considerations you must know about. While some vets will tell you that there are benefits, like Vitamin C, others will say that citrus fruits are not that great for canines.
Can I Give My Dog Oranges? Answer: Yes, but not on a regular basis
Oranges are not toxic or on the so-called “No List”. On the other hand, they are probably not the best fruit to feed your dog.
Based on taste alone, it is fair to say that humans can probably appreciate a good orange more than a dog can. Dogs will eat it to simply fill up their stomach until the next meal!
Fruits & Your Dog
Fruits in general contain a lot of nutrition for your dog and can be given to them, but you must know which ones to give and how much. Most fruits naturally have a high sugar content and should not be given in large quantities. Dogs will gobble up what they like, with little regard for their health, so you have to watch out for them.
Oranges are alright occasionally, without the peel and the seeds. Some believe they are a good source of vitamin C as well as other nutrients like potassium, folate and thiamine. Other fruits include bananas, pear, certain berries like blueberries and strawberries, melons and apples – all without seeds. Some of these other options are considerably less acidic which is good for a 4-legged friend.
What you must never feed your dog are raisins and grapes. These are a strict no-no. Grapes are said to be toxic for dogs, affecting the kidneys, and leading to kidney failure if eaten in large amounts. After eating grapes your dog may have difficulty urinating, as the toxins found in grapes are not filtered out of the body. This can lead to harmful side effects.
An Apple a Day, Orange a Day?
Apples are a great source of vitamin C and fiber and are low in sodium and saturated fat. They seem like the ideal fruit to give your dog, since they also have Omega-3 and are great for a dogs’ shining coat. But, there are two things you need to be careful of with apples.
One is that they are high in sugar, so don’t feed your dog too many. Two, it’s important that you do not let your dog eat the seeds of an apple. They contain a kind of naturally occurring cyanide which is very poisonous, not only to dogs but also humans. We usually do not eat the seeds, but a dog might if you do not take them out. So, cut the apple and take out the seeds before feeding it to your dog. Whether apples or oranges, you need to know the details before you let your dog consume them.
Protein is Essential
Fruits are good, including oranges, but what your dog really needs is protein. By nature dogs are carnivores and must have their fill of protein in their diets. Dairy protein is not the best for dogs and can cause an upset tummy, so stick to meat and poultry products like chicken, beef, and other meats.
Remember, these are best given without the skin, and boneless, as bones could cause internal damage in dogs apart from becoming choking hazards. It’s a good idea to avoid giving any meat raw, as this could cause parasites to enter the system.
Vegetables for a Healthy Dog
On the flip side of oranges and fruits, let’s touch on vegetables for dogs. Vegetables are a great source of vitamins and fiber. However, because dogs have a short digestive tract, they cannot break down large amounts or large pieces of vegetables. So, give a little at a time and if possible, in a pulp form.
The good ones are carrots, broccoli, sweet potatoes, green beans, lettuce, red and green bell peppers and pumpkins. Then there are the leafy ones like spinach and collard, which are packed with iron, calcium and potassium. There are some, however, that are strictly off limits and those are onions and mushrooms, never ever give your dog these.
Your dog, much like humans, needs a balanced diet. Everything must be given in moderation, that includes oranges, even the seemingly healthy foods. As long as your dog gets a good diet and plenty of exercise you’ll have them around for a long, long time.