Oranges are full of fibers and natural sugars. They are high in Vitamin C and the citric acid is not toxic for dogs.
Although dogs do not essentially need Vitamin C in their diet, it can be really beneficial to their immune system. Just like humans.
If the dog is hyperactive or under stress, he might require an increased amount of Vitamin C.
Can Dogs Eat Orange Peels?
If you want to feed your dog some oranges, you will have to remove the peel and any patch of skin as they contain toxins.
How to Feed Your Dog Oranges
The only thing you should be looking out for is that your dog doesn’t eat too much because the sugar can hurt the digestive system and your dog is at risk of gaining weight and getting diabetes.
But you can safely feed a small dog one segment of an orange a day and larger dogs should be fine with two to three segments.
Before feeding oranges to your dog, be sure to remove the orange peel and white skin as they can be toxic. Best to use are navel oranges because they contain no seeds, if they are out of season you will have to remove any seeds from other oranges.
Do Dogs Need Vitamin C?
Dogs do not require additional Vitamin C as their metabolic system can produce it. However, dogs that are physically or emotionally stressed (pregnancy, hunting, illness, moving…) do need another source of Vitamin C as their bodies deplete the production of Vitamin C.
Researchers can actually measure the level of stress in a dog by examining the amount of Vitamin C in the blood. One study has shown that dogs that were supplemented with Vitamin C would be overall more healthy and had a stronger immune system.
Can Dogs Drink Orange Juice?
Do not feed orange juice or any other type of fruit juice to your dog as it only contains high amounts of sugar and citric acids. Dogs do not require the vitamins in fruit juice, so water is the best drink for a dog.
Is Citrus Bad for Dogs?
Oranges, clementines and tangerines are not bad for dogs and neither lemons or limes are. In small amount they are not toxic but when being fed too much, they can cause gastronomical upset. Especially lemons and limes contain limonene, linalool, and psoralens and should only be fed in moderation.
Orange Dog Treat Recipe
If your dog seems to love the taste of oranges then why not surprise him with some yummy homemade orange dog treats? I have tried this recipe for my own dog and she just loved it. They are so simple but so yummy.