If your question is, “Can dogs eat oranges?”, the quick answer is YES.
Keep reading, because there is more to this answer you should know. You must have a reason for asking whether dogs can eat oranges, right? In this post, I’m going to address reasons due to weight, nutrition, and overall safety.
Can Dogs Eat Oranges if They Are Overweight?
Before getting into this topic, you should know that most experts only recommend feeding oranges to dogs with no underlying health concerns. Diabetes would be the biggest concern, since diabetic dogs have a strict diet to be followed.
The Issue of Weight Gain in Dogs
There is some concern that overfeeding fresh fruit like oranges to dogs could contribute to weight gain. I’m not a veterinarian or a dietician, but in my opinion…feeding your dog a few slices of oranges now and then isn’t going to be a problem, especially if you substitute the orange segments for pre-packaged dog treats.
On the other hand, if you are adding food to an already high-calorie diet, then yes – weight gain is possible.
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Oranges versus Processed Treats
Have you looked at the calories on a bag of processed dog treats? In addition to the added calories, there are countless ingredients including sodium that can be harmful to the overall health of your dog. In my mind, substituting those high-cal treats with fresh fruit or even dried sweet potato slices has to be a better option.
Guidelines Around Feeding Dogs Oranges
According to veterinarians at Banfield Animal Hospital, a dog’s caloric intake should only include 10% treats (and that includes oranges).
Overall Caloric Guidelines for Dogs
It is recommended that dogs receive 30 calories per pound of body weight. Of course, slight variations exist based on the size and activity level of the dog, the time of year, and whether the dog is a puppy or an adult.
- A 5 pound dog = 120 – 180 calories per day for full-grown dogs
- 10 pound dog = 420 – 630 calories per day for full-grown dogs
- 20 pound dog = 700 – 1050 calories per day (same as above)
- 30 pound dog = 930 – 1400 calories per day (same as above)
- 50 pound dog = up to 2000 calories per day
- 70 pound dog = up to 2500 calories per day
- 100 pound dog = up to 3600 calories a day
**Always check with your veterinarian for your dog’s precise caloric needs. Activity level, dog’s physical health, and other factors can impact how much a dog should eat to avoid weight gain.
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Comparing Oranges & Dog Treats
An average orange contains about 47 calories in addition to fiber and vitamin C. Plus, oranges are almost 90% water!
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Grab that bag of dog treats out of the cupboard and have a look at the stuff in those things. To be honest, I wish I had taken a closer look before. Oranges would have been a better choice from day one, not the heavily processed treats with questionable nutritional value.
The average store-bought treat contains 70 to 100 calories (or more) and include a high amount of salt and other detrimental ingredients like:
- wheat gluten.
- Meat and grain meals
- BHA (Butylated Hydroxyanisole)
- BHT (Butylated Hydroxytoluene)
- Food Dyes
- PG (Propylene Glycol)
- Rendered fat.
What Vitamins Does a Dog Need?
Unlike people, dogs are able to produce Vitamin C within their own bodies. That means it’s not necessary to supplement with additional Vitamin C.
However, because Vitamin C is not stored in the tissues, and any extra is excreted through the kidneys, too much Vitamin C is not toxic. Veterinarians, however, do not recommend feeding your dog orange peelings because they’re hard to digest.
The Rules Are Different for Diabetic Dogs
A healthy dog who eats an orange now and then is going to be fine. That might not be the case, however, for a diabetic dog.
Click the blue link above and read Diabetic Life Expectancy of Dogs
Please be careful no matter what you feed your dog and make sure to avoid the peeling. It probably goes without saying, but the peeling is gross. Besides, it doesn’t digest all that well and that last thing you want is your dog vomiting orange peelings.
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