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 Tangerines?

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Anna Olson
Jun 23 ·

Can dogs eat tangerines? If your dog is interested in sweet treats, you may have wondered if a tangerine would make a healthy choice for them. Luckily for you and them, tangerines are absolutely safe for a dog to eat. The answer to the question, can dogs eat tangerines, is a yes!

Like with any new food, you’ll want to check with your veterinarian before offering a tangerine. If your dog already has health issues like diabetes or excess weight, you’ll want to avoid tangerines entirely. Keep in mind a balanced diet for a dog should include no more than 10% sweet fruits like tangerines.

Let’s learn more about tangerines and how to keep them fun and safe for your pooch.

can dogs eat tangerines

The Benefits Of Tangerines

The main vitamins present in a tangerine are vitamin A and vitamin C. Vitamin A mainly supports eye health for both dogs and humans, and also supports immune and cell function. You probably know vitamin C is great for your immune system, and a powerful antioxidant. The same is true for your dog, and the vitamin C in a tangerine will provide them with the same benefits.

Tangerines also have small amounts or traces of these important minerals:

Thiamin, also called thiamine, is especially important for both dog and human health. Dogs and humans have no way of producing this vital nutrient on their own. As a B vitamin, thiamin helps convert food in the body to energy, supporting the nervous system.

If you want your dog to get the full benefits of a tangerine, it’s important to prepare them properly.

Preparing Tangerines For Your Dog

Even though tangerines are safe, you should still be preparing them carefully for your dog.

Make sure to completely remove the peels and white pith from a tangerine. These parts contain essential oils, which are dangerous for your dog in large amounts. Thankfully, tangerines are easy to peel and removing the pith just takes a little extra care. Tangerines are supposed to be naturally seedless, but you should probably check for and remove any seeds you find just in case.

If this is the first time you’re offering your dog tangerines, give them a small piece first to see if they like it. It’s also best if you cut the tangerine segment into a bite-sized, manageable piece. Like with any new food, you’ll want to offer small amounts slowly over time. Check for symptoms of digestive upset, like vomiting, loose stools, and diarrhea. Too much of any new food, no matter how healthy or safe, may cause these symptoms.

The Downsides Of Tangerines

Even though they’re healthy and safe as an occasional dog treat, you shouldn’t feed your dog too many tangerines. Tangerines are high in both sugar and calories. Since most fruits are sweet and have high amounts of sugar, they should make up the smallest part of your dog’s diet.

Short term, feeding your dog too much sugar can result in hyperactivity. Long-term repeated consumption of sugar can lead to health issues like diabetes, pancreatitis, weight gain, and heart issues. It can also make existing health issues worse. This is why you shouldn’t give tangerines to dogs who already have weight issues, diabetes, or pancreatitis.

Like all citrus fruits, tangerines are also acidic. Since some dogs naturally have more sensitive digestive systems, you’ll want to be careful when feeding them acidic fruits like tangerines and oranges. This makes it especially important to check for symptoms of digestive upset when feeding your dog acidic foods.

As always, it’s a great idea to check with your veterinarian before giving your dog anything new to eat.

Tangerines Are A Dog-Safe Snack

Now you know whether dogs can eat tangerines: the simple answer is yes! Tangerines are a safe, non-toxic occasional fruit snack. They have many nutritional benefits for both dogs and humans, including vitamins A and C, thiamin, and more. Because of their high sugar content, you shouldn’t feed a dog tangerines too often. This is especially true of dogs with pre-existing health conditions like diabetes or weight issues. Tangerines also should not be offered to dogs with sensitive digestive systems. If you’re feeding your dog tangerines, just make sure to remove the pith and the peel.

Some additional reading…

Can Dogs Eat Oranges?

Can Dogs Eat Mandarins?

 

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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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