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Can Dogs Eat Oranges Or Tangerines? Best To Keep It Simple!

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If you’re thinking, can dogs eat oranges or tangerines then the answer is yes most dogs can, however, there are a few exceptions and a couple of risks that you need to be aware of.

Can dogs Eat Oranges Or Tangerines?

Yes, most dogs can eat oranges and tangerines but they must be offered in moderation and pre-prepared with all of the rinds, pith, and seeds removed.

Oranges or tangerines could be highly beneficial for your dog as they are an excellent source of vitamin C, potassium, and fiber and make a great hydration fruit on a hot day.

However, due to the essential oils, citric acid, and sugar levels within these fruits, the whole of the fruit is not 100% safe for dogs to eat.

Benefits Of Feeding Oranges Or Tangerines To Dogs

Oranges and tangerines are excellent sources of Vitamin C, potassium, and fiber. They are also high in water content which can provide hydration on a hot day and supports the digestive system.

Benefits to dogs from vitamin C, potassium, and fiber include:-

  • Vitamin C – is a nutrient important to the healthy development of blood vessels, muscle, cartridge, and collagen in bones.

  • Potassium – is used by all the tissues in the body and is essential to nerve functions, maintaining the fluid levels within cells, and to maintaining a healthy heart.

  • Fiber – is an important food for healthy gut bacteria, satiation, energy, digestion, and binding together waste products to be expelled from the body.

Dangers Of Feeding Oranges Or Tangerines To Dogs

The outer skin of an orange or tangerine (its rind), is largely indigestible, tough to swallow, and can be a choking hazard for dogs.

Once ingested the rind begins to release citric essential oils which can aggravate a dog’s stomach causing gastrointestinal distress and vomiting.

If the rind is not vomited from the stomach it may create a blockage that may need to be surgically removed. This is also true of the seeds found in some varieties of fruits but to a lesser degree.

Oranges and tangerines are high in natural sugars which can lead to weight gain and tooth decay. They are also high in citric acid which may cause vomiting and diarrhea if overfeeding occurs.

For these reasons overweight dogs, dogs with citric allergies, or dogs that are diabetic should not be offered oranges or tangerines. (Oranges are about 9% sugar per weight)!

For more information on foods dangerous to dogs please read:- Toxic Foods For Dogs + Signs Your Dog Is Poisoned

Which Parts of Oranges Or Tangerines Are Good for Dogs?

The fleshy inner core segments of all varieties of oranges or tangerines are safe for dogs to eat in moderation once the seeds have been removed.

However, a dog’s metabolism is not designed to process the amounts of citric acid and sugar present in citric fruits.

Therefore, careful consideration must be made before any segments are offered to dogs but a maximum of 4 segments should be ok.

Puppies, small dogs, or dogs with health issues should be offered fewer segments or no segments at all.

How To Feed Oranges Or Tangerines To Dogs

The only parts of the fruit that are suitable for dogs to eat are the inner flesh with the seeds removed.

To prepare and feed oranges or tangerines to dogs please do the following:-

  • Remove all rind and pith from the fruit and safely discard it.
  • Break the fruit into individual segments.
  • Remove and safely discard any seeds.
  • Slice the segments into bite-sized pieces for your dog.
  • Serve to your dog in moderation (as per the size of the dog).
  • Freeze remaining segments for another day and serve frozen or defrosted.

    Frozen fruit is a favorite snack for most dogs as they appreciate solid treats to chew on.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Can Dogs Eat All Varieties Of Oranges?

Yes, dogs can eat almost all varieties of oranges (there are over 600 of them), but they must all be eaten in moderation and your dog may not like the taste or smell of many of them.

The nine most common oranges loved by dogs are:-

  1. Navel Orange
  2. Blood orange
  3. Cara Cara
  4. Mandarin
  5. Tangerine
  6. Clementine
  7. Valencia
  8. Seville
  9. Satsuma

Can Dogs Eat Orange Juice?

Orange juice is not suitable for dogs as it is the concentrated form of the flesh and is loaded with sugar and citric acid. When you give your dog an orange segment you can measure the amount of juice you are supplying and can easily limit the supply.

When you give your dog orange juice to drink the citric acid and sugar may overwhelm the dog causing sickness, vomiting, and diarrhea. In more serious cases the high sugar content may kill the healthy gut bacteria leaving the dog with a weakened immune system.

How much of An Orange Can dogs Eat Daily?

Dogs should not be eating oranges every day as an excess of vitamin C in a dog can cause:-

  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Heartburn
  • Abdominal cramps
  • Low immunity
  • Loose stools

    In addition, high vitamin C intake is associated with the build-up of urinary oxalate which is linked to the development of kidney stones.

Can Puppies Eat Oranges Or Tangerines?

Yes, puppies can eat oranges or tangerines once the rind, pith, and seeds have been removed but the servings must be small and chopped to prevent a choking hazard.

The citrus acid and high sugar levels may cause problems for a pup’s sensitive tummy so be ready for vomiting or a big clean-up on aisle twelve!

Can Dogs Eat Mandarin Orange Peels?

No, The peels of any orange including mandarin orange peels are a choking hazard to dogs and have essential oils which are dangerous to dogs at high levels.

Mandarin orange peels are tough and indigestible so if they are ingested they could cause gastrointestinal discomfort, abdominal pain, vomiting, or an intestinal blockage that may require surgery to remove.

Summary Of – Can Dogs Eat Oranges Or Tangerines?

Oranges or Tangerines are a healthy snack for your dog when they are eaten in moderation and on an irregular basis.

However, dogs who are overweight, have a citrus allergy, or are diabetic should not be offered citrus fruits due to the citric acid and high sugar content.

For more information on feeding your dog a wide variety of foods and the risks involved with getting it wrong please visit my animal welfare section and check out my posts.

Before offering new food to your canine friend

Any new food introduced into your dog’s diet can trigger an adverse reaction so always start with small additions and monitor your dog for the next 24 hours.
After 24 hours a larger sample can be offered and then monitored for another 24 hours. If there are any adverse reactions please call your veterinarian for advice.
Alternatively, Consult your veterinarian to determine if the new food is safe to add to your dog’s diet before you offer it for the first time.

Call your veterinarian, local veterinary emergency clinic, or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center immediately if you believe your pet has been poisoned or eaten something it shouldn’t have.

Information published on this website is intended for reference use only. The only clear option for ensuring your dog’s health is to feed a diet checked and prescribed by your dog’s veterinarian. Feeding human foods of any sort can be dangerous to dogs and carries some risk that is not under this website’s control.

A proud father of two boys, an amateur actor, and a green living enthusiast, Mark has been sharing hints, tips, and sustainable living content on his website Sustainability Dad since august 2019.

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