Has your dog ever begged for oranges? Have you ever wondered if they are safe for dogs to eat? It’s usually alright to feed one but, needless to say, you should be removing the peel.
However, they shouldn’t be part of their regular diet and certainly aren’t required. Dogs don’t need the extra vitamin C so you wouldn’t be doing them any health favors. Also, they also don’t really care about how foods taste, so it is not as if you’re broadening their palette.
There really is no evidence that oranges are good or bad for dogs. While some vets will tell you that there are benefits, like the vitamin C, others consider all citrus fruits to be ill-suited for canines.
Can I Give My Dog Oranges? Answer: Yes, but not often
Oranges are not toxic but they are probably not the best fruit to feed to your dog.
Based on taste alone, it’s fair to say that humans can appreciate a good orange more than a dog will. Canines eat to simply fill up their stomachs until the next meal.
Fruits & Your Dog
Fruits, in general, contain a lot of nutrition and can be given to dogs in moderation. That said, you must know which ones to give and how much to serve. Most fruits naturally contain high sugar content and shouldn’t be fed to dogs in large quantities. Dogs will gobble up what they like so you have to watch out for them!
Oranges are alright occasionally, but without the peel and the seeds. They are certainly a good source of vitamin C as well as potassium, folate and thiamine but there are drawbacks. Oranges are very acidic and can cause bouts of diarrhea for lots of dogs.
Other popular 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.
Never feed your dog raisins or grapes. Grapes are very toxic for canines, affecting the kidneys and leading to kidney failure if eaten in large amounts.
Apples to Oranges Comparison
The other classic fruit is apples which are a great source of vitamin C and fiber. They are low in sodium and saturated fat. They seem like an even more ideal fruit to give your dog, since they also have Omega-3 and are great for a helping with shiny coat.
But, there are two things you need to be careful of with apples. They are high in sugar, so don’t feed your dog too many. The other is, you shouldn’t let your dog eat the seeds of an apple. They contain a kind of naturally occurring cyanide which is poisonous.
We usually don’t eat the seeds, but a dog might if you don’t remove them. Cut the apple and take out the seeds before feeding it to your dog. Whether apples or oranges, know the details before letting Fido consume them.
Don’t Forget the Protein
Fruits are good, including oranges, but what your dog really needs is protein in their diet. By nature dogs are carnivores so protein makes good sense. Stick to skinless, boneless meat and poultry products like chicken and beef.
Vegetables for Dogs
On the flip side, of oranges and fruits, let’s touch on vegetables for dogs. They’re a great source of vitamins and fiber but dogs have a short digestive tract so they have trouble breaking 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 pumpkin. Leafy spinach is packed with iron, calcium and potassium. There are some, however, which are off limits such as onions!
Conclusion on Oranges
Your dog, much like humans, needs a quality diet. Everything should be given in moderation, that includes oranges, even the seemingly healthy foods. As long as your dog gets their required nutrients and protein as well as plenty of exercise you’ll have them around for a long time!