Once again we find ourselves in the throes of worry; can dogs eat orange peels? Your little fur baby has snuffled their way into the trash or perhaps an accidental drop while peeling happened. There are multiple things that can have our dogs going to the emergency room and who can seriously remember them all? So here you are, googling, looking, to make sure your pup doesn’t need a vet visit.
It’s What’s on the Inside; Pros
Dogs are perfectly capable of eating an orange. Some even enjoy them. This doesn’t mean you should be pouring orange juice in their bowl every morning. Dogs still should only ingest small quantities of this fruit, as it is high in sugar.
Oranges do have benefits for your dog, though. They are full of nutrients, potassium, vitamin C, and fiber. The vitamin C can boost their immune system while the fiber does what fiber does.
Vitamin C can also aid when the ingestion of a toxic substance occurs like onion powder, propylene glycol, and other oxidative toxins. Dogs who experience severe stress or extreme exercise may find their livers unable to make vitamin C due to stress, so feeding them a slice a day can assist with this.
It’s What’s on the Inside; Cons
A serving of orange, although not deadly to dogs, does have a lot of calories and sugar. This sugar can affect dogs with diabetes. It can also cause GI issues if too much is ingested.
When deciding to add oranges to your dog’s diet, remember the golden rule: slow and steady wins the race. Make sure to slowly and sparingly add it to their meals. Truly, this fruit should be used as treats and only cover 10% of their calorie intake. This will prevent unintended weight gain.
Don’t Try it, Till You Peel it
To answer the specific question, no, dogs cannot eat orange peels. Well, technically they can, but it is not recommended. They aren’t toxic, but they might cause an upset.
If a dog eats any amount of an orange peel it won’t poison them, but it surely won’t make them feel well. Orange peels can cause GI issues if ingested by your dog. This could range from an upset stomach, vomiting, diarrhea, to the extreme of causing a bowel obstruction. At its most dangerous, it may take surgery to remove it.
So, peel your oranges!
A Fruit Salad for Dogs: No Orange Peels
If you’re thinking about adding fruit to your dog’s daily meal or want to use them as treats, oranges (no orange peels) aren’t the only thing dogs can eat. Here are some other fruits dogs will enjoy, and so will their bodies:
- Apples: vitamins A and C
- Blueberries: antioxidants, fiber, phytochemicals
- Bananas: copper, potassium, vitamins, biotin, fiber and low in cholesterol and sodium
- Cantaloupe: low calories, water, fiber, and nutrients
- Cranberries: should be fed in low quantities
- Cucumbers: no carbohydrates, fats or oils and have vitamins K, C, B1, copper, potassium, magnesium, biotin, and boosts energy
- Mangoes: A, B6, C, and E vitamins, beta-carotene and alpha-carotene, and potassium
- Peaches: fiber, vitamin A, and helps fight inventions
- Pears: vitamins C and K and fiber
- Pineapples: minerals, fiber, vitamins, and bromelain (assists dogs in absorbing protein)
- Raspberries: antioxidants, low in sugar and calories, fiber, manganese, vitamin C, and has anti-inflammatory properties
- Strawberries: vitamin C and teeth-whitening abilities
- Watermelon: vitamin A, B6, C, and potassium
- Apricots: potassium and beta carotene
- Blackberries: vitamins A and C, high in antioxidants, and strengthen skin and the immune system
- Coconuts: natural anti-inflammatory and medium-chain triglycerides (a type of fat)
- Kiwi: fiber, vitamin C, potassium, healthier skin, good circulation, better digestive system, and carotenoids and flavonoids that protect against cancer, rejuvenate cells, and boost the immune system.
- Tangerines: vitamin C
- Honeydew: vitamins B and copper, potassium, and iron that aid in healthy red blood cells
A Fruit Salad for Dogs; Negatives: Still No Orange Peels
Just because they can eat these fruits doesn’t mean there aren’t stipulations (such as with oranges), that come with these fruits. Here are the main ones:
- Apples: remove the core and seeds first
- Bananas: high sugar; should be limited; not recommended for diabetic or overweight dogs
- Cantaloupe: high in sugar; should be limited; not recommended for diabetic or overweight dogs
- Cranberries: too many can lead to an upset stomach
- Mangoes: remove the pit; high in sugar
- Peaches: remove the pit
- Pears: remove the pit
- Raspberries: contain xylitol
- Strawberries: high in sugar
- Watermelon: remove seeds
- Apricots: remove the pit
- Plums: remove the pit
- Blackberries: excesses can cause diarrhea
- Coconuts: medium-chain triglycerides (a type of fat) that are bad for dogs with pancreatitis or sensitive stomachs and high in calories
- Tangerines: peel first
- Honeydew: high in sugar
Things not to Add to the Fruit Salad
Orange peels aren’t the only culprits.
- Avocados: contains persin
- Cherries: cyanide-filled pit to flesh ratio
- Dates: diarrhea and bowel-blocking pits
- Figs: fucosin and ficin that can irritate certain dogs and cause diarrhea
- Grapes and raisins: can cause kidney failure
Signs of Poisoning
In case you’re worried your dog has ingested something toxic, here are some common symptoms:
- Bloody stool
- Appetite loss
- Irregular heart rate
- Inability to urinate
- Excessive salivation
Contact your vet at the first warning signs or call the ASPCA Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435.
We Thank You: No Dogs Eating Orange Peels Parade
Your canine and I thank you. Thank you for taking the time and care to look up if an orange peel is going to harm your dog.
It’s not only important to observe, but to question what your dog eats. This can be the moment between life and death for your critter.
So, no don’t let your dogs eat orange peels, right?