Feeding your dog oranges may have crossed your mind once or twice, especially if you enjoy eating the fruit. If you have found yourself in this position, it will interest you to know that it is safe for dogs to eat oranges. However, you must be mindful of how many slices you give them per day.
Oranges are an excellent source of vitamin C, potassium, and fiber for dogs. “Vitamin C is a water-soluble antioxidant that has many benefits in the body,” Dr. Michelle Burch, a veterinarian from Safe Hounds Pet Insurance, said.
The potassium found in oranges can help your dog’s kidney and heart health. The fiber is good for your dog’s gastrointestinal system and can help keep their blood sugar level and weight in check.
Some other benefits your dog would enjoy if you feed them oranges include:
- A boost in their immune system
- Stronger bones, teeth, and cartilage
- Growth, development, and repairs of body tissue
While your dog would enjoy numerous health benefits from oranges, it is best to apply moderation when feeding them, as oranges contain a high amount of sugar, which would be bad for them when in excess.
“Dogs eating more may develop gastrointestinal upset with vomiting and diarrhea due to the sugar content of an orange,” Dr. Burch said.
Dr. Burch recommends giving your dog one or two segments of an orange per day. Anything more is too much.