Not all fruits and vegetables are safe for dogs. Oranges, however, are fine for dogs to eat, according to veterinarians. They are also an excellent source of vitamin C, potassium, and fiber, and in small quantities can serve as tasty treats for your dog.
Benefits Of Oranges for Your Dog
Oranges are full of nutrients and low in sodium, which makes them a healthy snack in small quantities. However, oranges do contain natural sugars, which might make them a poor choice for obese dogs, and oranges can cause digestive upset in some dogs. If you want to try adding oranges to your dog’s diet, then it is probably a good idea to start out with one or two segments per day to see how his stomach reacts. Stop feeding oranges at once if you notice any unusual behavior after feeding your dog an orange. Even if your dog loves oranges and shows no signs of adverse reactions, limit his intake to no more than one whole orange a day for large dogs and one-third of an orange for small dogs. A segment or two is enough for most dogs, and limiting their treat intake can help avoid digestive upset and overfeeding.
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 be rough on your dog’s digestive tract, so vets generally recommend keeping orange peels out of your dog’s reach.
For more information about human foods dogs can and can’t eat, check out this list.