Anna Olson

Anna has a passion for keeping pets healthy and happy. She grew up with a Great Pyrenees as a family dog. Currently and currently has an orange tabby. She worked at a dog grooming and bathing salon where she learnt more about canine behavior and bathing. She lives in Wisconsin, in the United States. When she is not writing, she helps her partner run their small business, knitting, and enjoying local parks.

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Can Dogs Eat Clementines?

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Anna Olson
Jun 25 ·

Can dogs eat clementines? If your dog has a sweet tooth, you may have wondered if fruit would be a better option for a sweet snack. Since you want to make sure you only feed your dog safe fruits, you may have asked whether dogs can eat clementines.

Luckily, clementines are a safe, non-toxic fruit to feed to most dogs. Since oranges are safe, and clementines are a type of orange, most experts say clementines are an okay dog treat in small amounts.

We’ll find out more about clementines, and how to feed them to your dog safely.

can dogs eat clementines

What Are Clementines?

Clementines are a cross-breed of a mandarin orange and a sweet orange. They closely resemble tangerines, mandarin oranges, and other small varieties of orange. These easy to peel hybrid fruits were discovered in a monastery in what is now Algeria in the late 19th century.

Today, there are at least three cultivated varieties of clementine, including seedless ones.

Do Dogs Like Citrus Fruits?

Most citrus fruits, like lemon, lime, and grapefruit, are far too tart for a dog to enjoy. Dogs rely on their sense of taste, making their taste buds far more sensitive than humans’. Something that’s tart or bitter for us may be painful for your pooch.

Unlike other citrus, however, oranges of all types are sweet, making them more appealing for dogs. While the acid in oranges may still put some dogs off of them, some may beg for a taste of a tangerine, clementine, or mandarin orange. If your dog doesn’t like oranges, there’s no need to force them into their diets. If they do, you’ll want to prepare them properly and make sure to only feed them in small amounts.

Preparing Clementines For Your Pup

Luckily, clementines are segmented, making them easy to split into small, bite-sized pieces. The parts of the fruit you’ll want to be careful with are the peel and the white pith. Both these parts have essential oils in them, which are not good for dogs in large amounts. Though many clementines don’t have seeds, you’ll want to check for them anyway and remove them if you can.

If this is the first time you’re offering a clementine to your dog, you’ll want to start with a very small amount. Eating too much of a new fruit or vegetable at one time can cause digestive upset for a dog. Watch for symptoms like vomiting and loose stools. Keep in mind large-breed dogs can tolerate more citrus fruit than small-breed dogs. It’s always a good idea to check with your veterinarian before offering a new food to your dog.

Why Clementines Should Be An Occasional Treat

Even though clementines are a safe fruit, you don’t want to feed them to your dog too often. Like a lot of fruits, especially oranges, clementines are high in both sugar and calories. High sugar consumption can cause short-term hyperactivity for a dog. Long term, high sugar levels in food can cause health issues like diabetes, pancreatitis, heart issues, and weight gain. This is why fruits, high in sugar, should only make up about 10 percent of your dog’s diet.

When To Avoid Feeding Your Dog Clementines

If your dog already has health issues like diabetes, weight gain, or pancreatitis, you should not give them clementines to eat at all. The sugar content may set back any progress you’ve made to correct these issues. The same is true if you know your dog has a sensitive digestive tract. Since oranges are acidic, they will cause more digestive upset in dogs with sensitive GI tracts.

Your veterinarian or pet nutritionist should know your dog’s needs and be able to advise you on whether feeding clementines is a good idea for them.

Clementines Are A Safe Fruit For Most Dogs

Now you know whether dogs can eat clementines! Yes, clementines are a safe, non-toxic fruit for dogs. As long as you avoid feeding peel, pith, and seeds, these small oranges make a great occasional fruit snack. Always check with your vet before offering any new food to your dog, and don’t force your pup to eat clementines if they don’t like them.

Even though clementines are safe, because of their sugar content, you shouldn’t feed them to your dog too often or in large amounts. You should also avoid offering them if your dog has sugar-related health conditions, especially diabetes. The acid in these oranges may also hurt your dog if they have a sensitive digestive system.

Additional similar fruits…

Tangerines

Grapes

Plums

Oranges

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Anna Olson

Anna has a passion for keeping pets healthy and happy. She grew up with a Great Pyrenees as a family dog. Currently and currently has an orange tabby. She worked at a dog grooming and bathing salon where she learnt more about canine behavior and bathing. She lives in Wisconsin, in the United States. When she is not writing, she helps her partner run their small business, knitting, and enjoying local parks.

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