Can dogs eat oranges?
YES, dogs can eat oranges if they are fed to your main-pooch in small segments. Usually any fruit (except grapes and the like) are OK for dogs as long as they are fed in moderation.
Research studies conducted on oranges have proven that this citrus fruit has numerous health benefits and nutritive properties for the human body. As humans and canines are about 95% similar in genetics, dogs are believed to obtain the same benefits from this fruit too. An orange is a good source of fiber, vitamins and minerals. The vitamin C content of the fruit has antioxidants that boost the dog’s immune system and provides protection against cancer causing free radicals. The inclusion of this fruit in the dog’s diet was proven effective in warding off illnesses such as colds and flu. The fruit is fat, sodium and cholesterol free. Unlike other human foods, consumption of oranges will not increase the risk of heart diseases. Regular consumption was in fact proven to help blood circulation. Vitamin C has anti-inflammatory properties that ease the chronic pain felt by arthritic canines. The folate in the fruit aids in the healing of wounds as it promotes production of new cells. Oranges are mostly water but it is rich in soluble sugar. This fruit is a valuable food for the pet as the nutrients and the enzymes would be highly beneficial especially to dogs advanced in age and starting to show symptoms of degenerative diseases.
With so many healthful benefits, a dog owner may be tempted to allow the dog to consume several pieces of oranges regularly. The fragrant fruit with its attractive color would entice an inquisitive pet to take a bite. Dogs have sweet tooth too and once the juicy sweet fruit is tasted, it is possible that the dog would consume one orange… and another and another. Oranges are very refreshing. The dog, in all eagerness will consume pulp, seed and peel.
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