Can dogs eat oranges and other citrus fruits?

In Hemopet’s blog post titled, “Vegetable Experiments with Companion Dogs”, we noted that companion dogs should not be fed citrus fruits. A couple of readers asked why and said their companion dogs loved them!

Technically, yes, the parts of oranges and other citrus fruits that humans eat are not toxic to dogs. 

Our concern is the amount of citric acid present in citrus fruits that can cause heartburn and gastrointestinal distress in dogs.

Pineapple – technically a tropical fruit – is both high in citric acid and fiber. So, pineapple in particular can cause gastrointestinal distress in dogs.

If a small piece or two of orange or another citrus fruit accidentally falls on the floor and your healthy companion dog takes advantage of the opportunity, you should not have to scramble for it. However, companion dogs with known gastrointestinal problems should avoid eating citrus fruits. 

Our list includes safe fruits and vegetables that are less acidic and can be fed in small amounts as treats. 

Easy and Acceptable Popular Fruits and Vegetables for Companion Dogs

  • apples
  • asparagus
  • bananas
  • berries (strawberries without the stem)
  • broccoli
  • carrots
  • green beans
  • melons
  • pears
  • peaches
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