Can dogs eat oranges?
It is currently orange season (yum!). It is the perfect fruit during winter – sweet, juicy and packed with Vitamin C. When it comes to our fur-kids, we are usually confused as to whether dogs can eat oranges. Good news – it is completely safe for our fur-kids to eat the fleshy part of oranges!
Although dogs naturally produce vitamin C within their bodies, the extra vitamin C obtained from their diet can have significant benefits to a dog’s health. This is especially true for older, sick or stressed dogs, where vitamin C can be quickly depleted. But there are some precautions to take when feeding your dog oranges.
Precautions to take when feeding dogs oranges
Precaution #1: Remove the peel, pith and seeds
It is extremely important to only feed dogs the fleshy part of the orange. Dogs should not eat the orange peel, seeds, the pith, the white film on the orange’s flesh or any other plant part. These parts need to be removed as they contain toxic compounds.
Precaution #2: Avoid if dog is overweight or diabetic
Oranges contain a lot of natural sugar. These sugars translate to higher calories, so overweight dogs need to avoid oranges. Diabetic dogs should also not be fed oranges as sugar can cause a dog’s insulin levels to spike.
Precaution #3: Do not overfeed
Oranges are acidic and can cause vomiting and diarrhoea if they are given too much.
Start slowly to see how your dog’s stomach reacts – feed only a single section and stop if you see any adverse or odd behaviour. Completely avoid giving oranges to your dog if he has a sensitive gastrointestinal (GI) system.
Remember to also treat oranges as a treat that should only make up 10% of your dog’s total calories in a day. This will help prevent weight gain and a digestive upset.
Oranges: A healthy treat
Oranges can be a great treat for your pet if you take into consideration all these precautions.
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