Can we start this answer by a couple of cautions? First like people some dogs could be allergic to oranges so start in moderation. Unless you want to de-seed the oranges use a delicious Sunburst Navel orange which are naturally seedless.
Ok, yes you can feed orange segments (never the rind) to dogs. Not all dogs will like the taste of an orange. On the other hand, some dogs will beg for them.
Everything about oranges that makes them nutritional powerhouses for us humans will benefit your dogs, too.
But use caution, because oranges have properties that can irritate and upset your dog’s stomach. First of all, use moderation when feeding oranges to your dog. The fruit is high in citric acid, too much of which can assault a sensitive digestive system.
That said, remember the orange rind itself is rich with citrus oils that are definite bad news for dogs, so be sure to throw away the peel and only feed your dog a few small orange slices (segments) at a time. Two or three slices a day should be a good limit.
Oranges, tangerines, and clementines are high in sugars. If you have a dog with a weight problem then consider the calorie content of the orange snacks into their overall food intake. Many snacks for dogs do have a high sugar content. These along with any other treats should not make up more than 10% of your pet’s daily calories.
Oranges are loaded with antioxidants, which will boost your dog's immune system. When you are introducing oranges to your dog, do so slowly and in small amounts to be sure your dog does not suffer any stomach upset.
In high quantities, citrus fruits have been known to have a laxative effect in dogs. All things in moderation, hmmm.
Dogs due well on a balanced diet that is high in natural meat based proteins.
If you have citrus trees in your yard make sure you pick up the dropped fruit as your dog may try to eat the fruit whole and the rind and seeds are not good for them.
For a special summer time treat you can give your dog frozen orange segments as a cool refreshing snack.
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