Can Dogs Eat Oranges?

Can Dogs Eat Oranges?

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The quick answer: Yes, dogs can eat oranges, but it’s best to serve them without the peel which can be hard to digest.

Benefits of oranges

This cheery citrus fruit comes in many varieties, including tangerines, clementines, and mandarins, all of which are chock full of vitamin C. Oranges are also an excellent source of potassium and fiber. In small quantities, most of the same benefits we enjoy from oranges extend to dogs: energy from B-vitamins, a boost to the immune system, and folic acid to help boost healthy cell development.

Hazards

Moderation is best, and veterinarians recommend feeding no more than one or two segments of an orange in a day. Eating too much orange can cause diarrhea and gastrointestinal upset. 

Due to the high sugar content, avoid feeding oranges to overweight dogs and consult your veterinarian before feeding oranges to a diabetic dog. 

Though orange peels are not toxic, they can be difficult to digest—plus they are loaded with fiber which can cause tummy troubles. Remove the rind and seeds before treating your dog to some orange. Only feed fresh oranges and never processed or packaged orange products which could contain artificial sweeteners or other ingredients that could be toxic to dogs. 

Recipe

Orange cranberry dog treats recipe by Petguide.com

  • 1 cup rolled or whole oats, ground
  • 2 cups flour (any type)
  • 1 orange, zested and juiced
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 egg

Preheat oven to 400°F. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper.

In a blender or food processor, grind rolled or whole oats for about 40 seconds.

Combine flour and oats in bowl and set aside.

Dice dried cranberries into smaller pieces and add to dry mixture. Add egg and mix well.

Grate or zest the orange peel and add to mixture.

Slice orange in half. Squeeze juice into bowl – don’t worry if pulp gets into the dough, however, if any seeds fall in, remove them before baking.

Knead dough into a ball. Split the dough into 4 or 5 smaller balls. On a countertop covered with parchment paper, roll each ball out to ¼ to ½ inch thickness. Use cookie cutters to cut out shapes and place on cookie sheet.

Bake for 10 to 12 minutes.

Cool completely before serving.

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