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Can Dogs Eat Oranges?

Can Dogs Eat Oranges

Yes, dogs can eat oranges. It contains vitamin C, potassium, and fiber which can be beneficial for your dog. Citrus fruits are safe for dogs. But it should be given in moderate quantities because it contains high sugar volume and can cause gastrointestinal upset and other health issues.


Benefits of oranges for dogs

  • It is a great source of dietary fiber.
  • It contains vitamin C, which helps to boost the immune system. 
  • It is a good source of potassium which helps in supporting the kidney and heart function efficiently.
  • It protects the eyes of our dog from night blindness because it contains vitamin A.
  • It controls the level of cholesterol.

Disadvantages of oranges for dogs

  • It contains high amounts of sugar, which can cause diabetes.
  • Because of high levels of acid, constipation or diarrhea may occur.
  • Dental problems may occur due to acidic elements.
  • Overfeeding can cause shortness of breath.
  • A lot of oranges can cause obesity due to high sugar levels.

Can a dog eat orange skin or peel?

No, dogs shouldn’t eat the orange peel because it can cause gastrointestinal upset, leading to diarrhea, vomiting, and dehydration. Peels are tough to digest for dogs. It can also lead to a choking hazard.

How many oranges can dogs eat?

It should be given in moderate quantities. It depends on their size. A quarter of medium-sized oranges can be given to smaller dogs. A whole big one orange can be given to larger ones. Don’t give them seeds and peel as they cause stomach issues.

What happens if a dog eats too many oranges?

Oranges are high in sugar, so if you give too many oranges to dogs, they might suffer from diabetes and obesity. The citric acid in it can cause stomach upset. Orange can cause toxicity in dogs if they are not given properly. Never give the following parts to dogs as they are toxic and dangerous for your dog.

Causes: orange toxicity in dogs

  1. Skin or peel
  2. Seeds
  3. Stems of the oranges
  4. Orange leaves
  5. Fresh-squeezed orange juice
  6. Orange oils

Signs of orange toxicity in dogs

The symptoms of orange toxicity in dogs are:

  • Drooling
  • vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Intestinal obstruction
  • Weakness
  • Dermatitis
  • Depression

What types of oranges can dogs eat? What kind of oranges are safe for dogs to eat?

 Dogs can eat all types of oranges such as mandarin, tangerines, clementines, satsumas.

types of oranges
Source: Types of Oranges

Tangerines are totally healthy and safe fruit for dogs. It contains vitamin C, citric acid, potassium, and fiber. It is high in nutrients that are good for dogs. It is high in sugar, so it should be given in moderation. 

Mandarins are flat from the ends and have a sweet-tart flavor. It is classified as small oranges. It has a thinner peel as compared to other oranges. Dogs can eat this as it is safe for them. 

Clementines are a hybrid of sweet orange and mandarin orange is safe, non-toxic, but it has high sugar and calories, so it should be given in small quantity. It doesn’t have seeds, so it is good for dogs. 

Satsumas are a kind of mandarin that is easy peeling citrus species. It is the sweetest of all the oranges. So it should be given in moderation. It is safe for dogs.

Can a dog drink orange juice?

Orange juice is high in sugar, and it is highly acidic, so it is recommended that you should not give orange juice to dogs. It can cause dental problems. It can also cause a high risk of heart problems. 

Can puppies eat oranges?

Yes, puppies can eat oranges but in very small quantities. It is acidic puppies can have stomach upset or diarrhea if given in large amounts. You can ask your vet if you should give your puppy some slices of oranges.

How many oranges can a dog eat daily?

Dogs can eat one orange a day, according to the vet. However, it might affect the size or breeds. Larger breeds like german shepherds can eat one full orange. While smaller breeds like chihuahuas can’t tolerate the same amount of oranges, they are recommended to eat a very small amount of orange. You can give them one or two slices of orange. It is high in sugar level, so if you give them too many oranges, they might suffer from gastrointestinal issues.   

How should I introduce oranges to my dog?

Just try feeding one slice to see the reaction. Your dog may smell, lick, sniff or put it inside the mouth and spit it. Some dogs spit the items out from their mouth and eat that again. If your dog eats that again that means he likes it, then you can give him more slices. One segment a day will help them to adapt to it.

How to feed oranges to dogs?

  • Chop up some dog-friendly fruits and add some pieces of orange to them.
  • Freeze orange slices and give them on a hot day as a refreshment.
  • Feed some sections by hand as treats.
  • Stuff some sections of orange into a kong toy.

What if my dog doesn’t like oranges?

It is okay if your dog doesn’t like it. Some dogs don’t like the smell of oranges. You can give them other fruits that are beneficial for them.

Can dogs of all sizes and breeds eat oranges?

Yes, all sizes and breeds of dogs can eat oranges. Avoid giving it to dogs who have some health conditions.

Larger breeds can tolerate more quantities of orange as compared to smaller breeds. Dogs like husky can be able to eat one full orange, while smaller breeds like pomeranian would have stomach issues if given the same quantity.

Are citrus fruits toxic to dogs?

They are not toxic to dogs, but if you give them in large quantities, they can suffer from gastrointestinal upset, which leads to diarrhea or vomiting. Too much citric acid can bother your dog’s digestive system. It contains natural oils which are toxic to dogs.

How many orange slices can I give my dog?

You can give one or two wedges of orange in a single sitting, according to the vet. However, the sizes and breeds might affect how they digest the oranges. Smaller breeds can eat one or two slices, while larger breeds can eat two or four slices.

Alternative fruits to dogs

Apple, grapefruits, watermelon, mangoes, strawberries, bananas, etc., are some of the alternative fruits which you can give to your dogs. 


Oranges are safe for dogs in moderation. Just keep in mind to feed too much to dogs with diabetes or allergies. If your pet dog likes the taste of oranges then a small slice or two wouldn’t hurt his health.

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I am a pet lover who spent her childhood in the company of a friendly Labrador Retriever. I believe that pets make our lives more enjoyable and stress-free. Currently, I have two budgies Kiwi & Koko as pets, and planning to adopt a pup soon. So, here I am, attempting to share my experiences and knowledge to improve the lives of pets and pet owners.