Yes, dogs can eat oranges.
Clementines, tangerines, and mandarin oranges are an excellent source of Vitamin C, potassium, and fiber for dogs. In small quantities, they pass the “can dogs eat” test; most of the same benefits we enjoy from oranges extend to dogs: a boost to the immune system, energy from B-vitamins, and folic acid to help boost healthy cell development.
There are some drawbacks. Before letting your pooch eat an entire orange, be aware that oranges can cause diarrhea, gastrointestinal upset, and because of the sugar content, can spike blood sugar. Moderation is, as always, best; veterinarians recommend only one or two segments for dogs per day. If your dog has any extenuating health circumstances, like diabetes, consult your vet first.
Orange peels are not toxic, however they can be hard to digest, so remove the rind – and seeds – to avoid choking and upset tummies which can lead to a higher than anticipated vet bill.
For a rundown on all summery fruits, check out our article, 9 Summer Fruits Dogs Love, and when it comes to apples and oranges, apples might just come out as the better (and more dog-loved) snack. Two fruits to never feed your pup? Grapes and raisins can be toxic so stick to safe fruits, or get your dog’s healthy snacks in via veggies.
Want to find out more about what dogs can and cannot eat? Check out our comprehensive guide for more information on “What Human Foods Dogs Can and Can Not Eat.”