Orange Obsession: Can Dogs Eat Oranges?
Oranges, like most citrus fruits, are an excellent source of vitamin C and potassium. It is no wonder so many people eat this fruit year-round. If you own a dog and you are viewing this page, chances are you have a dog that likes to beg for a taste of whatever you are eating at the time. Oranges are no exception, some dogs will beg for this fruit while others will not.
But what about dogs? Can dogs eat oranges safely?
Yes, dogs can eat oranges with some limitations. Do not feed your dog the whole orange. The skin and seeds should both be removed. This applies to any citrus fruits, although you may have a hard time getting your dog to eat lemons or limes.
Most fruits with hard seeds like oranges, mandarin oranges, apples, pears, nectarines, peaches, etc contain a chemical that breaks down in the dog’s digestive tract to cyanide. As long as you avoid those parts of the orange and limit the intake, they are healthy for the dog.
What are the health benefits of oranges?
According to the USDA – Orange has the following vitamin content per 100 grams:
|Vitamin C||59.1 Mg||Helps maintain the immune system|
|Calcium||43 Mg||Build stronger bones and teeth|
|Magnesium||10.7 Mg||Needed to metabolize other minerals and vitamins|
|Phosphorus||23 Mg||Required for healthy kidney function, strong bones, and teeth|
|Potassium||166 Mg||Essential for the heart, nerves, and muscle tissue in the dog. Required to maintain optimal energy levels.|
As you can see oranges have many vital vitamins and minerals that dogs need to maintain a healthy life. In addition to these vitamins, oranges also have a decent amount of dietary fiber and water. In fact, oranges are about 85% water which is not quite as high as watermelons or cucumbers. This makes them an excellent snack when the dog also needs some hydration. So next time you take your dog for a walk on a hot day, let your dog try some orange wedges afterward.
How much orange can a dog eat?
Why are oranges poisonous to dogs?
Cyanide is toxic to the dog and can cause fatality. Fatality from cyanide poisoning caused by ingestion of orange seeds is highly unlikely to occur. The dog would have to ingest a rather large amount of seeds and crush them all with their teeth before swallowing them. The dog is much more likely to experience GI issues such as vomiting or diarrhea if it ingests a large amount of orange. Lastly, if the seeds are not broken, they will pass through the dog’s rapid digestive system without breaking down.
What happens if dogs eat oranges?
Can dogs eat mandarin oranges?
Can puppies eat oranges?
Can dogs drink orange juice?
Summary: Can Dogs Eat Oranges
- Dogs and puppies can eat oranges
- Remove the skin and seeds to prevent any GI issues
- Limit the amount to 10% per day if kibble fed or 2% if on the barf diet.