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    Can Dogs Have Oranges?

    Can Dogs Have Oranges?

    by Health / 3 min read


    Estimated Read Time: 2 ½ minutes

    Summary: In this blog, we’ll learn whether dogs can eat oranges, including orange peels and orange juice here. And we’ll discover if orange has any benefits for dogs too... 


    Oranges are a citrus fruit that can be very refreshing in the summer months and when juiced make a popular morning drink, but they are also used to boost flavor and aroma in warm drinks and poultry meats over the winter months, particularly over the holiday period. But, can dogs have oranges...? 

    Can Dogs Have Oranges? 

    Yes, dogs can eat the flesh of oranges but your dog may not enjoy eating them. They’re packed with beneficial nutrients like vitamin C, potassium, and fiber so if your dog is keen on the taste, a few tiny pieces of orange flesh as a treat are fine for a dog; 1 to 2 slices max is a good guide to go with.  

    However, because oranges are a citrus fruit, they are fairly high in acid and natural sugars, so overweight dogs and those that are diabetic should not be fed oranges.  

    PetLab Co. Pro Tip: A dog’s treat allowance (including low-calorie, “healthy” foods) should make up only 10% of their overall daily food intake.  

    5 oranges of different sizes sit on a white, crumpled sheet. Three of the smaller oranges still have green leaves attached to them.

    Can Dogs Eat Orange Peels? 

    No, a dog shouldn’t be served the peel of an orange. They should also not be given the seeds or the pith as these may all contain toxic compounds. It’s just the flesh that is OK for our canines.  

    Orange peels also pose a high risk of causing an obstruction in their digestive tract.  

    Can Dogs Have Mandarin Oranges? 

    As long as it’s just the flesh they’re being given of the mandarin orange, then yes. Dogs can also be served the flesh of satsumas, tangerines, and clementines.   

    Can Dogs Drink Orange Juice? 

    No. Orange juice is typically concentrated with extra acids and sugars which can cause a problem for your pup. It’s best to stick with water if you’re concerned about keeping them hydrated.


    Author Harrison, Shelley “Can Dogs Eat Oranges?” Kennel Club Insurance, June 21. 2021  

    “Can Dogs Eat Oranges?” Purina  

    Author Burke, Anna “Can Dogs Eat Oranges?” American Kennel Club, Jul 27. 2022  

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