Can I Give My Dog Oranges?

Can I Give My Dog Oranges?Has your dog ever begged for oranges when they see you eating some? If so, you may be wondering if they are safe for dogs to eat. Because this fruit is considered to be very healthy it’s logical for owners to ask the question.

In particular, many wonder if the vitamin C in an orange can be of benefit for dogs just as it is for humans. It turns out that they don’t usually need help in this area because dogs produce their own. Let’s take a closer look at some other factors and also compare oranges to different fruits.

In truth, you probably aren’t doing your best buddy any health favors by feeding this delicious but acidic fruit. Oranges shouldn’t be part of their regular diet and certainly aren’t required. Also, they don’t really care about how foods taste so it’s not as if you’re broadening their palette.

Can I Give My Dog Oranges? Answer: Yes, but not often

Oranges aren’t toxic but they are probably not the best fruit to feed to your dog.

While some will tell you that there are benefits, others consider all citrus fruits to be ill-suited for pets. In any case, it’s usually alright to feed one. But, needless to say, you should be removing the peel. Again, 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 so keep that in mind.

Must Practice Moderation

Most fruits naturally contain high sugar content and shouldn’t be fed to dogs in large quantities. They’ll gobble up what they like so you have to watch out for them! So part of an orange is alright occasionally, but of course without the peel and the seeds. Again they’re certainly a good source of vitamin C. They’re also high in potassium, folate and thiamine but there are drawbacks.

But oranges are very acidic and can cause bouts of diarrhea for lots of dogs. This is the main reason why people decide to exclude oranges all together. Why complicate your best buddy’s life if you can avoid it.

Compared to Other Fruits

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 compared to oranges. But whatever you do, never feed your dog raisins or grapes. Grapes in particular are very toxic for dogs, affecting the kidneys and leading to kidney failure if eaten in large amounts.

Consider Apples Instead

The other classic is the apple. These are a great source of fiber and are low in sodium as well as saturated fat. They also contain Omega-3 and are great for a helping with shiny coat. Relative to oranges, they seem like an even more ideal fruit to give your dog.

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. They contain a kind of naturally occurring cyanide which is poisonous. Whether apples or oranges, know the details before letting Fido partake.

Don’t Forget the Protein

Fruits are good, and possibly the occasional orange, but what your dog really needs is meat-based protein in their diet. By nature dogs are carnivores so protein makes good sense, much more so than oranges. It’s best to stick to skinless, boneless meat and poultry products like chicken and beef. Those will surely provide the nutrients for your dog, something that oranges definitely cannot.

Conclusion on Oranges

Your dog, much like us humans, needs a quality diet that’s appropriate for them. Oranges, though consider to be healthy, aren’t a food that meets canine requirements. In fact, they can cause an upset stomach. If you do provide some, it should be given in moderation. In closing, focus your attention on the family dog’s actual required nutrients and protein. Also get them plenty of exercise and you’ll have them around for a long time!

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Karla February, 2016

One of my Rottweilers loves the pith of oranges and will drool when I have an orange; however he does not care for the pulp part (good part). So is it okay to feed him a little pith without the outer peel?

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Fernando December, 2015

My dog doesn’t agree with you. He loves oranges, especially if they are small and sweet. Also bread, apples, watermelon, melon and grapes unfortunately.

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Mike December, 2015

If I’m not mistaken, grapes and raisins are poisonous for dogs – even more so than chocolate.

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Pat November, 2014

My daughter’s vet recommended giving her male Shih Tzu an orange for a water infection he had. He loved it and he was okay within a couple of days, although she doesn’t give him oranges on a regular basis.

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Patricia December, 2014

What did you mean your dog had a water infection? Please explain.

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Esther March, 2015

I suspect she means a urinary tract infection. Best I could determine after doing a Google search.

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