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Are you wondering if your dog can handle eating an orange? Is sharing a bad idea?
Here’s the deal:
Oranges are not toxic for dogs, but the acidity means that moderation is a must.
Don’t go overboard and you can occasionally feed an orange.
The truth is most dogs can be allowed to enjoy this fruit — though not frequently or in large quantities.
Your Dog Can Be Fed Small Portions of Orange
Anything in the citrus family should be limited to a special reward only.
Most dogs can handle eating a small amount. Orange juice, on the other hand, should not be shared.
Anyway, let’s focus on the positives…
Why The Pith is Perfect
Many folks do not particularly enjoy the orange’s pith, but feeding your dog the pith part is actually super smart.
What a fantastic treat!
It’s much less acidic and, therefore, much easier on the stomach. But that’s not all!
The pith of an orange is how you can provide valuable fiber and antioxidants.
This whitish, web-like, stringy health food is recommended for Rover. Hands down, it’s the best aspect for dogs. Share some!
Feed Rinds And Peels?
Other than the pith, you do not want your dog cleaning up your orange leftovers.
No rinds or peels. Go ahead and discard them.
Basically these parts of the orange are poorly digested. Not recommended!
Respect Canine Evolution
Fruits in general should not be fed to dogs in large quantities.
Please go easy!
There is no way around this reality and it is particularly true for oranges.
Always control your pet’s portions. This will reduce a potential for digestive disruption.
Let’s take a closer look at the merits…
Healthy And Harmful
Sure, oranges are healthy. They are high in potassium, folate, thiamine and several others.
Not only is there no toxicity, but an orange is loaded with goodness.
It’s just that the acidic nature simply isn’t a natural fit for dogs.
Again, a bout of diarrhea is not out of the ordinary. Of course, some dogs can handle oranges better than others.
Check out this video!
A Vitamin-C Surprise
Let’s get more specific.
Oranges are loaded up with vitamin C. Of course, this is a powerful nutrient.
One benefit is a strengthened immune system. That’s good.
But here’s what is often overlooked:
Dogs produce ascorbic acid on their own.
This is just one reason why it’s not necessary to feed oranges.
A Diabetic Downside
Sometimes sharing oranges can be a really bad thing.
Diabetic dogs should not eat foods that could affect their blood sugar levels.
In that regard, orange juice could be even worse.
The Bottom Line
Though oranges are healthy, they can also cause your dog to get an upset stomach or diarrhea.
It is important to limit portions due to acidity. A few slices of orange is enough.
Besides, dogs do not typically need the extra vitamin C.