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Mandarins – or any citrus fruit – are packed with vitamin C. Sharing a slice of a mandarin with your hiking buddy might not be a bad idea, but what if your dog gets into the bowl of fresh mandarins on your kitchen table?
Here’s what you need to know about if dogs can eat mandarins, and if they pose a danger to your furry friend.
Can My Dog Eat Mandarin Oranges?
Mandarin oranges are not considered toxic to dogs. However, your dog might not feel all that great after eating their fill of the tempting fruit. Canine digestive systems aren’t designed for citrus fruits and will likely be upset by them when consumed in large amounts. If your dog is diabetic, the sugar levels of the oranges may be harmful and you’ll want to call your vet.
If your dog has gotten into unpeeled mandarins, the orange peel could also cause some gastrointestinal distress, including vomiting and diarrhea. It’s recommended to keep unpeeled citrus fruits out of your dog’s reach for that reason.
Can My Dog Eat Satsumas, Clementines, or Tangerines?
It may surprise you, but the name mandarin orange is actually an umbrella term that covers a variety of orange-skinned fruits. Mandarins are classed as small oranges, with a thin easy to peel skin and more sweetness than their larger cousins.
Within the mandarin family, there are many varieties, including satsumas from Japan, as well as clementines and tangerines. All have slightly different properties from one another, such as satsumas having a reputation for being easier to peel, but all are considered a type of mandarin orange. Thus, the advice in this article applies to all three of these common orange fruits.
Should I Feed My Dog Mandarins?
A regular, well-balanced vet-approved diet should provide your dog with all the vitamins they need. Feeding your dog slices of mandarins or supplementing their meals with citrus fruit is not necessary, though a slice here or there shouldn’t hurt.
PetMd does state that dogs can eat up to an entire standard orange, depending on the size of both the fruit and the dog. A segment or two of a mandarin daily should not harm them, and Vitamin C is water soluble, so any excess shouldn’t accumulate in the body. That said, remember to take out the seeds and peel this tasty citrus treat to avoid any digestive upset later.
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