Oranges, tangerines and clementines are not toxic to dogs. However, dogs should not eat the peel of an orange; it’s hard to digest and break down sometimes causing gastrointestinal upset.
Oranges are full of potassium, fibre, and nutrients but also contain quite a lot of natural sugar and some vets recommend that oranges shouldn’t make up more than 10% of your pet’s daily calories. Eating too many oranges could cause gastrointestinal upset in dogs due to their high levels of sugar.
A member of the citrus family, alongside lemons, limes and grapefruit, oranges are full of vitamin C. This is great for a dog’s immune system but can affect blood values and potentially spike insulin levels in diabetic dogs. For diabetic dogs, it’s best to stay away from oranges.
You should not feed your dog orange juice; water is the best choice of drink.
Make sure if you’re feeding oranges to cut out any seeds, remove any peel or rind and only feed oranges as a treat. This is similar to most fruits including watermelon and pineapples.
As oranges are quite sugary, it's better for your dog to get their 5 a day through their normal meals, rather than through an additional snack like an orange. Pure is a complete and balanced dinner, packed full of protein, fruit and veggies to ensure your dog never misses out on their nutrient requirements. It's also super tasty too!
Written by: Dr Andrew Miller MRCVS
Andy graduated from Bristol University in 2010 and sees nutrition as a foundation for our pet's wellbeing and takes a common-sense approach. We are what we eat, and it shouldn't be any different for our pets.