Can Dogs Eat Oranges? (Pros and Cons)

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Known for its sweet taste, orange is a fruit that is covered by a thick layer. Once peeled off, you can enjoy a snack that bursts with sweetness, and the question that I want to ask today is, “Can your dog eat oranges?”

To answer this question, we will be covering each positive and the negative effects of oranges on your dog, and as always, I will be answering several questions related to feeding oranges to your dog. Without further ado, let’s figure out the answer regarding this question!

Benefits of Oranges for Dogs

Unlike factory-made snacks, the sweet taste of oranges originates from natural sugars, so you don’t have to worry about artificial sweeteners and additives. To get a quick in-depth look at oranges, I have listed the nutritional values of oranges (100 grams) down below:

  • 77% Water
  • 11% Carbohydrates¬†
  • 9% Sugar
  • 2% Fiber
  • 1% Protein and Fats

1. Packed Full of Great Nutrients

Being a member of the citrus family, oranges are a good source of vitamin C as well as many other nutrients such as fiber, thiamine, folate, and potassium. The fiber can be found in the outer peel, the white layer between the peel and the fruity part, and inside the fruit itself.

  • Vitamin C – Important Nutrient That Reduces Inflammation and Aging in Dogs
  • Fiber – Cleans Out Your Dog’s Digestive Tract, Helps With Diarrhea
  • Thiamine – Essential Vitamins for Dogs to Stay Healthy
  • Folate – Necessary Acid to Produce Red Blood Cells
  • Potassium – Great for Your Dog’s Cardiovascular System

As you can see, that small handful of sweetness can do a lot of good to your dog, but please remember that you need to always moderate your dog’s diet, even the good stuff! Be sure to read the drawback section before deciding to feed oranges to your dog.

2. Great Source of Water / Carbs

If you see the nutritional list of oranges in the beginning section, you can see that oranges are made up of mostly water and carbohydrates. Even though fats and proteins should be on the top of your list, your dog still needs carbohydrates and water to maintain a healthy diet.

  • Don’t Feed Your Dog Orange Juice, Only Water!

Being a primary ingredient in oranges, water doesn’t contain any sugar or additives, and it is the principal fluid in your dog’s bloodstream. That means water helps the blood cells to transport oxygen, and it even helps with digestion when your dog eats a meal or a quick snack.

Drawbacks of Feeding Your Dog Oranges

After hearing all that good news, you might assume that it is okay to feed oranges to your dog. To all that are still wondering, the answer is yes, you can feed oranges to your dog. However, make sure you know all that is in that orange so that you can moderate how much that your dog can eat.

1. High Sugar Content (All Natural)

Even though the sweet taste originates from natural sugar, you don’t want to feed oranges to dogs that have diabetes or any sort of related diseases. Since orange is composed of many small pieces, it is recommended that you feed one or two pieces at a time to maintain a healthy diet.

  • Always Research Before Feeding Your Dog New Stuff!

If you have a dog who is fat or suffers from obesity, you don’t need to feed him extra sugar since it will just add more calories to his diet. The reason why I say to research is that you don’t know which food is harmful to your dog since your dog’s diet is not on the same level as us.

2. Careful With the Peel

I’m pretty sure that most dog owners would get rid of the orange peel and feed their dog only the fruity part, but I’m just throwing this information out there by being overcautious.

  • Orange Peels Can Contain Pesticides, So Remove Before Feeding It To Your Dog

The orange peel may not be toxic at all, but again, please throw the peel away and feed your dog only the fruity part. The reason is that the hard peel can be lodged inside your dog’s digestive tract, which can be harmful and even fatal for your dog.

3. Need to Be Used As a Snack

As previously mentioned, oranges have high sugar content, and even though the sweetness doesn’t come from artificial sources, you can’t ignore high amounts of natural sugar since it is packed with calories for your dog. To avoid that, you just need to feed the orange in small amounts.

  • One or Two Small Pieces Will Do For a Snack

To add a little more emphasis, you need to watch your dog carefully if your dog has a tendency to eat everything from your house floor. Recently, my dog (Maltese) passed away due to our giving some of the food that we didn’t know was harmful to her. SO ALWAYS RESEARCH IF YOU DON’T KNOW!

What Is the Safe Amount of Oranges to Give to Your Dog?

If you want to be safe and keep your dog healthy, the safe amount of oranges to give to your dog should be just around two or three pieces. Just to be clear, you know that one orange is made up of many separate pieces, and I was talking about those separate pieces in this case.

Can Dogs Eat Orange Peel?

We already found out that dogs can eat the fruity part of the orange, but the answer to orange peels is a definite no. Yes, even though the outside peel contains nutritional values for your dog, it might cause obstruction to your dog’s digestive tract when consumed.

In most of these cases, I personally think that it happened to small-size dogs and even large-size dogs that didn’t have the orange peel cut into small pieces. If you really want to feed your dog some orange peels, make sure to cut it up into small pieces so that your dog can digest it in the long run.

Is It Bad to Feed Your Dog Oranges?

Even though oranges have a high nutritional content, you still need to moderate the amount that you give to your dog. If given in large amounts, this high sugar diet will lead to cardiovascular diseases and eventually to obesity.

I hope that this post about can dogs eat oranges was helpful, and be sure to visit our Dogfood category for more information about this topic.

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