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Can Siberian Huskies Eat Oranges?

It can be a right headache trying to think of different things for your dog to eat. The Husky, even more so due to its stubborn nature! Like other dogs, Siberian Huskies can benefit from fruits and vegetables in their diets. You can provide bits of fruit as a treat, add some to their regular food, or use them to supplement a raw food diet.

Can Siberian Huskies eat oranges? Siberian Huskies (and other dogs) can eat oranges as they aren’t toxic, but review the information below as there are caveats.

Every dog is different though and if they don’t like the idea of it (they may turn their nose up straight away) then don’t press it. There are lots of other foods out there and it’s not worth stressing the Husky over it.

Huskies and Oranges

If your dog has never had any oranges before, then you should start by only giving a very small amount. Don’t introduce any other foods at the same time, or for a few days afterward. Some Siberian Huskies can’t tolerate citrus fruits and can actually find them irritating on the stomach.

Other dogs have food allergies. Introducing a new food this way gives you time to watch for any potential reactions.

Can Siberian Huskies Eat Oranges?

If your dog doesn’t have a reaction, then you can start to increase the amount of orange your husky eats. As he gets used to the food, you can give an adult dog about a third of a medium size orange.

It’s usually much easier to introduce new foods to puppies, as they tend to be naturally more curious. It can also mean that your dog will get used to the food quickly, and can mean that there is no adverse reaction.

The advantage of your Husky liking oranges is that when you’re out on a long outdoor exercise session you can just put a few oranges in your backpack and have one each 🙂

Huskies and Orange Rinds

While the flesh of the orange is perfectly fine for most dogs, you should avoid giving your dog the rind of the orange.

The rind is difficult to digest, which can cause problems. However, as well as being difficult to digest, the rind, seeds, and leaves contain essential oils, and psoralens (used to treat psoriasis and other skin disorders) that can be toxic.

So always make sure that any oranges are washed, then peeled, and all seeds have been removed.

Feeding oranges to a Husky for nutrients

Oranges are packed full of vitamin C. They are super healthy, and we should all try to include them in our own diets. However, technically, they’re not strictly necessary for healthy dogs.

A healthy dog should be able to make enough vitamin C in their liver to meet its own requirements. A dog with liver problems or a high, fast metabolism may not be able to do this as well, so supplementation can be required in this circumstance.

Some commercial dog foods include vitamin C. This is often not because it’s needed, but because it’s also an antioxidant. This means that it offers a wide range of health benefits. Even if your dog doesn’t need vitamin C, adding some won’t cause any harm if it agrees with him.

If you do want to add vitamin C to your dog’s diet, you can simply give him some orange, or you could give him a vitamin C supplement. Oranges could be given as a treat, segment by segment.

You might want to blend the orange up with his regular food or mash it up. However, don’t try and fool your Husky – they are a clever breed and you could put them off eating the thing you’re trying to mash it up with!

Orange Juice and the Siberian Husky

You can give your dog orange juice, but you do need to take care. Commercial fruit juices tend to have a lot of sweeteners and sugars added to them.

These additives can cause upset stomachs, and diarrhea and some additives can be even more harmful. So if you give juice, make sure it’s completely natural, and watch for any signs of gastrointestinal distress.

My advice though would be not to do this unless recommended by a vet. The Husky is perfectly okay with water and there’s really no need to provide juice.

Other Citrus Fruits

If your dog can tolerate small amounts of orange, then he may be able to tolerate other citrus fruits as well. You might want to try clementines, tangerines, and mandarins.

Introduce them in the same way. Give a small amount, and don’t introduce any other new foods for a few days. If there’s no reaction then you can increase the amount of fruit you give.

Giving Other Fruits to the Siberian Husky

There are a few fruits that can be fed to your Siberian Husky safely. Although, some care must be taken to avoid any parts of the fruit that shouldn’t be eaten.

  • Apples – Your dog can eat slices of apple, but the seeds and core are toxic. Apple seeds contain cyanide, which, as I’m sure that you’re aware, is a poison. Always make sure that any apple your dog has had been de-cored and sliced.
  • Banana – Bananas have carbohydrates and proteins. Your dog can have about half an inch of banana daily – it doesn’t sound like a lot but its enough.
  • Blueberries – Blueberries are a superfood for some animals as well as for humans. This little berry is packed full of nutrients. Your dog can have two to three large blueberries a day.
  • Cranberries – Cranberries are another super nutritious berry. They can be very helpful if your dog has an infection as they’re full of vitamin C, fiber and manganese. Make sure that you offered them in a mashed consistency, and without the skins.
  • Mango – Your Siberian Husky might enjoy having a slice of mango. Make sure that you don’t give him the pit and only give about an inch cube at a time.
  • Watermelon – Watermelon is an incredible fruit. They’ve got vitamins, magnesium, potassium, and other nutrients. Make sure that they don’t get the seeds.

Fruits to avoid giving the Husky

There are a number of fruits that should absolutely be avoided. You should make sure that your dog is never given, or has access to these fruits. Some may cause an allergic reaction, some may cause an upset stomach or diarrhea. Others can be incredibly toxic if given to your dog.

  • Avocado – There are two risks with avocado. Firstly, it contains a toxin called persin, which is toxic to dogs. Secondly, the pit can seem like a toy, and if swallowed can cause intestinal blockage.
  • Figs – Most dogs will have an allergic reaction to figs. Even exposure to fig leaves can cause skin inflammation. This fruit should be avoided.
  • Currants, Grapes, and Raisins – These are all in the same family of fruits, and should be avoided. Even small amounts of these fruits can cause kidney damage.

Summary

So, to sum up, yes, you can feed your dog oranges, but he probably won’t need to eat them for the vitamin C content. If you do feed your Siberian Husky oranges, take care not to give the rind or the seeds, and only give minimal amounts. Otherwise, if your dog likes them, then there’s no reason why he can’t have the odd segment or two as a treat.

The Siberian Husky is a good pet and deserves the best from you – give it the diet it not only wants, but needs.

Finally, if you’d like to know more about the Siberian Husky then check out this Complete Guide.