You decide to eat an orange.
And then you see your beloved Pomeranian staring you in the eyes.
So you ask yourself…
Can Pomeranians eat oranges?
In this article you’ll discover the answer. And you’ll also learn about:
- What eating the rind can do to your Pom (hint: it’s dangerous).
- Specific steps to make a safe and a tasty orange treat for your Pom.
- Whether eating oranges can help a Pomeranian if they have a vitamin C deficiency.
- And more…
Table of contents
- Can Pomeranians eat oranges?
- How are oranges good for Pomeranians?
- 3 benefits of oranges for Pomeranians
- When are oranges bad for Pomeranians? 3 dangers
- What quantity of oranges is safe for Pomeranians?
- Can Poms have orange juice?
- Orange toxicity in Pomeranians
- Signs of orange toxicity in Pomeranians
- Should you feed oranges to your Pom?
- How to prepare an orange for your Pom
- 7 interesting facts about oranges
Can Pomeranians eat oranges?
Pomeranians can eat oranges. These fruits contain potassium, fiber and are rich in vitamin C. Oranges are also low in sodium which makes it a great snack for your Pom. Just make sure that your Pom doesn’t eat more than one or two pieces a day, occasionally.
This is all great but before you reach out to your Pom’s mouth with a piece of orange in your hand, read further.
Even though eating oranges can benefit your Pom (we’ll cover how in a bit), it could also harm him if not given correctly. Keep reading to find out more.
How are oranges good for Pomeranians?
All the vitamins and nutrients that oranges contain can boost the immune system of your Pomeranian.
Eating a bit of range can clear the Pom’s stomach in case your Pom has eaten a piece of any food that’s toxic to dogs (like onion, for example).
What’s more, eating orange can help a Pom that has vitamin C deficiency. This condition in dogs is caused either by extreme exercise or stress. If your Pom is very active or anxious, feel free to treat him with some orange.
Something to keep in mind is that most Pomeranians don’t need to ingest vitamin C from oranges or as a supplement. The reason is that the Pomeranians’ bodies already produce vitamin C naturally.
It wouldn’t hurt to treat your Pm to a small piece though. Before you proceed, make sure you’ve got a fresh fruit (preferably an organic one).
3 benefits of oranges for Pomeranians
These have to do with the vitamin C, potassium and fiber contained in the fruit.
#1: Vitamin C
Also known as ascorbic acid. When your Pom has a sufficient amount of vitamin C in his body, this prevents him from catching a flu. Apart from that it also helps wounds heal faster.
Giving fiber to your Pom when he has constipation can ease the process.
Fiber also plays a role in supporting the cell function.
Caution: Before giving your Pom some orange communicate the reason with your vet and seek professional opinion.
If your Pom has vomiting or diarrhea issues, he might also be suffering from potassium deficiency.
Potassium is important as it’s responsible for the the fluid balance in the body, the function of enzymes, muscles and nerves.
Potassium is also a great way to ensure your Pom will be okay even when he’s sick and has been dehydrated.
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When are oranges bad for Pomeranians? 3 dangers
The good news is that in general oranges are not bad for dogs.
There are some occasions though that you want to be careful with. Here are some elements of the orange to be careful with:
For example, if your Pomeranian is overweight, then you shouldn’t give him oranges. They’re high in sugar.
Sugar consists of fructose and glucose. And the content of sugar a big orange has equals 3 teaspoons of sugar.
With this being said, giving a healthy Pom a slice or two of an orange is fine.
Ingesting sugar is problematic when it comes to Poms who suffer from diabetes. If your Pom falls into this category, you shouldn’t give him even a small piece of orange. Doing so can result in a blood spike and a vet visit.
Caution: If your Pom consumes too much sugar, this could cause his stomach to stretch. It is painful and should be treated.
#2: The rind
Oranges can be also bad for Poms if the Pom eats the rind. It contains a high amount of citrus oils. Sure, the peel has a high amount of vitamin C but if your Pom eats it, he might end up:
- With a blocked digestive tract.
- With gastrointestinal issues.
- Choking himself.
#3: Citric acid
Just like other citrus fruits, oranges contain citric acid. The tricky part is that too much citric acid can cause stomach upset. In other words – if the orange your Pom eats is more than 10% of the daily meal intake, this could lead to gastrointestinal upset.
Caution: Keep a close eye on your Pom when first feeding a section of an orange. If there are no side effects, you can use it as a special treat.
For a quick summary, watch this video by PetMD:
What quantity of oranges is safe for Pomeranians?
For such small dogs as Pomeranians the orange snack they get should be no more than 10% of their daily food intake. In other words – no more than one or two segments a day and only from time to time.
Note: If you give your Pom other treats such as dog biscuits, you should apply the 10% formula for all of the treats you give to your Pom. This helps prevent obesity.
Can Poms have orange juice?
You should never give orange juice to your Pom. Doesn’t matter if we’re talking freshly squeezed juice or a carton box one.
The orange juice from the store contains artificial sugars which can be detrimental to your Pom’s health.
Natural juice is a sugar bomb. All of the sugars and citric acid are extracted from the orange into it.
When it comes to drinks you can give your Pom, water is the ultimate answer. Pomeranians can’t benefit from orange juice.
Orange toxicity in Pomeranians
If not prepared correctly, certain parts of the orange your Pom ingests can lead to toxicity. To prevent that from happening, only give your Pom the juicy fresh part of an orange.
Here’s what you absolutely shouldn’t give to your Pom:
- The seeds of an orange.
- The peel/rind.
- The outer layer of white skin.
- The leaves of an orange.
- The stem of an orange.
- Freshly-squeezed orange juice.
- Carton-box orange juice.
Signs of orange toxicity in Pomeranians
If your Pom gets intoxicated by eating too much orange, you’d know if you see any of these signs:
- Loss of appetite.
- Bloated belly.
Should you feed oranges to your Pom?
This question is best answered by your vet. You should consult with a professional in the filed who is acquainted with your Pom’s overall health.
With that in mind and after a consultation, you could consider giving your Pom naval oranges. The best thing about them is they don’t have seeds which are a potential danger to your Pom.
In any case, if you decide feed an orange to your Pom, observe how he reacts. Some dogs enjoy salty snacks, others sweet-flavored, or meaty ones.
If your Pom falls in love with this snack, you can chop an orange slice into small pieces and use them as a reward during obedience training.
How to prepare an orange for your Pom
To make sure you’re doing it right, follow these steps:
- Peel the rind off the orange.
- Remove all the white skin from the fruit.
- Split the orange open and remove any white strings from it.
- Take one slice and cut it open.
- Remove the seeds from it.
- Cut the slice into small eatable chunks.
- Give as a snack only.
And since the orange was the hot topic in this article, let’s learn a bit about this fruit. Before you leave you can enjoy…
7 interesting facts about oranges
- There’s an American superhero by the name of Captain Citrus. He was created by Marvel to promote the orange fruit.
- In Switzerland, it’s common to eat oranges with whipped cream and sugar. In other European countries, people eat oranges with a knife and a fork.
- Orange flavor is the 3rd most favorite in the world after chocolate and vanilla.
- There are over 600 types of oranges in the world and many of them have green skin.
- Christopher Columbus is believed to be the first one who brought orange seeds to America on his second voyage there.
- Some gardeners sprinkle orange peel over vegetables to repel slugs.
- The orange fruit is a citrus hybrid from the pomelo and the mandarin.