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Can Dogs Eat Tangerines? Vet-Reviewed Nutrition Facts & Safety Guide

Annaliese Morgan

By Annaliese Morgan

Can Dogs Eat Tangerines

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Tangerines are bursting with sweet, juicy goodness, and these colorful fruits are healthy snacks for humans, but should you offer tangerines to your dog?

Tangerines are a love-or-hate food for dogs. Some dogs do not like the citrus smell and taste. Many other dogs, however, are fruit lovers and it can be hard to resist their cute begging faces when they wish to share your snack with you. While some fruits like grapes and raisins are toxic to dogs, the great news is the flesh of tangerines is not. Indeed, the flesh of all orange varieties, including clementines, satsumas, and mandarins, is safe to feed your dog within reason.


Are Tangerines Good for My Dog?

In moderation, yes, they can be. Tangerines are full of vitamin C and fiber and also contain small amounts of folate, thiamine, potassium, magnesium, calcium, and iron.

If your dog is on a complete diet, supplementing their food with extra vitamins and minerals shouldn’t be necessary, unless your veterinarian has advised otherwise. Their diet provides all the nutrition they need on a daily basis, but a little extra treat here and there is a fine and joyous act to do. It also increases the bond between you and your dog. Beware though, as treats should make up no more than around 10% of their daily calorie requirement.

The importance of choosing a complete diet as their staple meal is a priority to ensure correct nutritional balances are met. It will be stated on the food packaging if it is a complete diet or not, along with the amount of food to give.

Can I Feed My Dog All Parts of a Tangerine?

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No. Only the flesh part of tangerines (or any of the orange family) can be safely fed to dogs. The peel or skin can cause obstructions and it also contains an abundance of citrus oils, which can irritate and upset the digestive tract. Pips and seeds can be a further obstruction risk and a choking hazard.

Only a few pieces should be offered to dogs since eating too much tangerine may create an upset stomach causing signs such as:

  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea

Should any of these signs occur following eating any part of a tangerine, check in with your veterinarian for advice.

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When Not to Give Tangerines to Dogs

Most healthy dogs of all ages and sizes can eat small portions of tangerine flesh with no adverse side effects. However, tangerines contain high levels of natural sugar, which can increase sugar levels in the body affecting their health.

If your dog has one of the following issues below, avoid feeding them tangerines. It is also worth checking with your usual veterinarian if there is any reason your dog can’t eat tangerines, particularly if they are old or have other medical conditions.

  • Diabetes
  • Gastrointestinal/digestive issues
  • Allergies

How Do I Feed Tangerines to My Dog?

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Before offering a portion to your dog, the tangerine needs to be prepared by washing it and removing all of the peel, including the pith. Pips and seeds should be checked for and removed.

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We all know how hard it is to resist your pet when they’re begging for a piece of your tangerine or mandarin orange. While the flesh of a tangerine is safe for dogs to eat, they should not be eating the skin. Plus, you need to make sure you prepare it properly so that they aren’t ingesting any unsafe pesticides or chemicals. However, you should always check with your vet first to ensure a particular food is safe for your dog specifically.

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Annaliese graduated from Edinburgh as a veterinary nurse and went on to gain a diploma in advanced surgical veterinary nursing from London. During this time, she held head nurse positions in both small and mixed veterinary practices and was tasked with training other veterinary nurses. In addition to running the nursing department and nurse clinics, she also implemented new patient care protocols. ...Read more

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