Can a Dog Safely Eat an Orange Slice?
What happens when a dog eats an orange? Are they as safe for
dogs as they are for us?
By Hungry Bark | September 21, 2021
Looking for a tasty treat your dog will love? Hoping for something healthy and easy? There are tons of fruits and veggies that are completely safe for your precious pup. And there are some that are not. Just be sure to double check before feeding any “people food” to your little pooch.
What Happens If a Dog Eats an Orange?
Did your dog sneak a piece of your oranges? Or are you thinking about sharing some of your juicy snack with your furry best friend? No worries! Oranges are one of the fruits that is completely safe to share with your pup. Just be aware that your dog might not be a big fan of oranges. The strong smell and intense citrus taste might be a little too much for them.
But when you feed your dog oranges, only feed them the fleshy part. According to the American Kennel Club, vets “recommend tossing the peel and only offering your dog the flesh of the orange, minus any seeds.” With any kind of fruit or vegetable, there are certain pieces and parts that must be discarded for your pup’s safety.
Benefits of Oranges
If your dog does enjoy the taste of oranges, great! Oranges can be a very healthy snack with lots of nutritional benefits. As we all know, oranges contain lots of vitamin C. But you may not know that they also contain potassium and fiber.
How Much Oranges Can a Dog Eat?
But everything in moderation! Even the healthiest fruits and veggies should only be given to your pup in small portions, especially when given as treats in addition to their typical meals. Remember, treats should not make up more than 10% of a dog’s daily diet.
And PetMD.com tells us that “dogs that are overweight or suffer from diabetes should not be fed oranges. While the natural sugar in oranges is not inherently bad, it can impact the blood sugar levels of diabetic dogs and can lead to excess calories if fed in large amounts.”
How to Serve Oranges to My Dog
As said above, it’s important to only feed your dog the fleshy part of the orange. Always cut away the peel, and remove any seeds. An orange peel “is rough on their digestive systems, and the oils may make your dog literally turn up their sensitive nose,” says the American Kennel club.
Once you’ve removed anything potentially harmful, just be sure to cut up the orange in small pieces that are easy to chew up and digest.
Can Dogs Eat Tangerines, Mandarins, and Clementines?
Yes! The good news is that all kinds of oranges are safe to feed your pup, as long as you follow our guidelines above. So whatever kind of oranges are your favorites, their favorites, or on sale… feel free to share a piece!
Can Dogs Have Orange Juice?
Although orange juice won’t be toxic for your dog, it does have a high concentration of acidity and sugar. So it’s best to avoid sharing this tasty drink with your fur baby.
What Fruits Can Dogs Eat?
There are plenty of safe fruits that dogs can eat, but there are also some you should avoid feeding them. And even with the safe fruits—make sure to always cut away any cores or stems, take out the seeds, and cut them into small, easy to eat pieces.
We want to avoid any pieces that could be a choking hazard or toxic. So let’s make sure snack time is always a fun time! And as always… everything in moderation!
Fruits Dogs Can Eat:
- Apples – excellent source of vitamins A and C, and fiber
- Bananas – high in potassium, vitamins, biotin, fiber, and copper
- Blueberries – superfood rich in antioxidants
- Cantaloupe – great source of fiber and low in calories
- Cranberries – safe, but only in small portions
- Cucumbers – vitamins K, C, B1, potassium, copper, magnesium, and biotin
- Mangos – vitamins A, B6, C, E, potassium, beta-carotene, alpha-carotene
- Oranges – vitamin C, potassium, and fiber
- Peaches – vitamin A and fiber, but the pit is toxic
- Pears – vitamins C, K, and fiber
- Pineapple – vitamins, minerals, fiber
- Raspberries – antioxidants, fiber, manganese, and vitamin C
- Strawberries – fiber, vitamin C
- Watermelon – vitamins A, B6, C, and potassium
Fruits Dogs Can't Eat:
- Avocados – the pit, skin, and leaves contain a toxin that causes vomiting
- Cherries – cherry plants contain cyanide, which is toxic
- Grapes & Raisins – very toxic and can cause kidney failure
- Tomatoes – the ripened fruit itself is typically safe, but the green plant is toxic
What Vegetables Can Dogs Eat?
Just like fruits, there are both safe and non-safe vegetables for dogs to eat. Check out the lists below to find out which ones you can give your little fur baby as a healthy, but yummy treat. And which ones you should avoid. Plus a little extra info about the benefits or downfalls of each.
Vegetables Dogs Can Eat:
- Broccoli – fiber, vitamin C, low in fat
- Brussels Sprouts – antioxidants and other nutrients, but can cause gas
- Carrots – low-calorie, high in fiber, vitamin A, and great for eyes and teeth
- Celery – vitamins A, B, C, promotes heart health and fresh breath
- Corn – nutrients, protein, fiber, and vitamins—only safe off the cob
- Green Beans – high in fiber, vitamins, and minerals
- Peas – vitamins, minerals, fiber, and protein
- Spinach – safe, but only in small doses
Vegetables Dogs Can't Eat:
- Asparagus – it’s too tough for dogs to eat when raw, and it loses its nutrients when it’s cooked soft enough
- Mushrooms – some mushrooms are toxic for dogs, so it’s best to avoid all
- Onions, Leeks, and Chives – from Allium plants that are toxic for dogs
Healthy Snacks and Meals for Your Dog
If you stick with the lists above, you’ll be sure to give your pup some pretty tasty and nutritious treats. But if you’re looking for a well-balanced meal, the easiest way to accomplish that is with Hungry Bark’s human-grade, all-natural dog food.
All of the Hungry Bark recipes contain ethically-sourced, superfood ingredients like pumpkin, spinach, ginger, and turmeric. Every Hungry Bark meal is slow-cooked to preserve essential nutrients, so that your dog will get the well-balanced diet they need. But in an easy and manageable way. And all this can be delivered directly to your door.
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