Yes. While not all fruits and vegetables are safe for dogs, oranges are fine for dogs to eat in very small quantities, according to veterinarians.
Are Oranges Good for Dogs?
Oranges are full of nutrients, potassium, and some fiber, and they are low in sodium, which makes them a healthy snack if given in limited amounts — maybe one or two segments a day. This fruit is also full of vitamin C, which can benefit your dog’s immune system.
Hazards of Oranges for Dogs
While oranges are not toxic to dogs, there a few things you should keep in mind when feeding them to your dog as a snack. First, oranges do have a moderate sugar content and can potentially cause GI upset if your dog eats too much. If you want to try giving your dog an orange, then it is probably a good idea to start slowly to see how his stomach reacts. Make sure you peel the orange and remember to remove all seeds.
Stop feeding your dog oranges at once if you notice any unusual behavior. Even if your dog loves oranges and shows no signs of adverse reactions, limit his intake of oranges and of all treats to no more than 10 percent of his daily calories. Limiting his treat intake can help prevent digestive upset and weight gain.
Not all dogs enjoy the tart taste of an orange. Other dogs will eat anything you put in front of them, including both the fruit and the orange peel. Orange peels are not toxic, however they can become lodged in your dog’s digestive tract, causing an obstruction and requiring surgery to correct. It’s best to keep oranges out of your dog’s reach for those reasons.
Find out more about which fruits and vegetables make great snacks for dogs by watching the video below.
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