Can Dogs Drink Orange Juice?

Did you know that 95 to 98% of all reported animal cases account for dog owners seeking assistance for potential poisoning?

This mostly happens in the summer and in December, associated with the holiday season.

Summer is a time when many pet owners like to give their dogs orange juice. But, is it a safe choice?

In this article you will learn about the safety of orange juice for dogs, how many oranges he can eat per day, what situations your dog may benefit from drinking orange juice and a lot more.

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Can Dogs Drink Orange Juice?

To quickly answer your question... Yes, they can. But only in limited amounts and there are a few things you should know.

Is Orange Juice Healthy?

There are many benefits of drinking orange juice for us humans. One of them is because it's rich in vitamin C and has antioxidant properties that boost our immune system, reducing the risk of diseases and fighting free radicals.

Some studies found that orange juice is good for the following:

• Weight loss

• Brain development

• Cancer and gastrointestinal diseases

• And even the spinal cord and cardiovascular problems

Here are some other reasons why oranges are so good for humans:

• One serving is enough to fulfill all the vitamin C needed for the entire day

• It is low-fat

• It has no cholesterol

• It contains vitamin B6

• It contains calcium, folic acid, and beta-carotene

Ok, I get it ... But What About My Dog?

Dog's nutritional needs are different than ours. They only need their canine food and fresh water to have a healthy life.

Oranges are rich in vitamin C, but dogs produce their own vitamin C naturally and automatically.
They produce it through their glandular systems and when healthy, they produce about 18mg of vitamin C for every pound they have. 

Therefore giving your dog orange juice is practically useless since it does nothing to boost their immune system.

Some Negative Effects of Orange Juice For Dogs

Oranges are naturally rich in sugar, and dogs should avoid sugar in general. The acid content of the orange can also destroy his teeth enamel if he drinks too much orange juice over time.

Enamel: The hard glossy substance that covers the crown of a tooth. Oxford Dictionary.

Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) overdose is also a concern. When people add additional vitamin C supplements to a dog's diet, his ability to produce vitamin C is shut down, at least permanently.

A dog's liver and kidney get stressed when it has to deal with an overabundance of ascorbic acid and his system will try to get rid of the excess, causing even more stress to the organs.

Over a long period of time, this can result in kidney or liver damage.

If a dog drinks too much orange juice he might get an upset stomach and a few other symptoms like:

• A burning sensation when he poops

• Vomiting

• Chronic stomach problems

• Diarrhea

And don't think that your dog will get bored of only drinking water.

Water is the only thing dogs need to stay hydrated.

Water is the only thing dogs need to stay hydrated.

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My Dog Drank Orange Juice... What now?

Don't worry, your dog should be fine. The above negative symptoms can only happen when drinking orange juice in excess. That's why it is recommended only a few sips of juice and it won't be bad for your furry friend.

What If He Really Likes It?

If your dog really likes orange juice and you only offer it once in a while, then there's nothing to worry about since oranges are not toxic to dogs.

However, here are a few things you should keep in mind:

Orange Juice Best Practices For Dogs

• Only give him orange juice about two to three times a week.

• Remember that dogs won't get bored of just drinking water, it's the only thing they'll need for hydration.

• Avoid industrialized juice at all costs, since it contains sugar and chemicals.

• Don't substitute juice for his water, just use it as a supplement.

• When in doubt, always talk to the Vet

• If your dog has diabetes avoid orange juice at all costs.

If you follow the above tips, then there's nothing to worry about and your dog will be able to enjoy some nice sips of juice.

What About Oranges?

A lot of fruits are not safe for dogs. But orange is not one of them.

According to vets, oranges are not toxic for dogs, but too much orange can make his stomach upset.

To prevent this, try giving him one or two segments a day and see how his stomach will react.

Oranges are rich in vitamin C and low in sodium but are also rich in sugar, so try giving it as a small treat and if you have an overweight dog, limit his other treats.

Not all dogs like the taste of oranges. But some dogs will eat anything in front of them, including the peel.

The peel is not toxic, but it can be rough on his stomach so it's not recommended.

Now you already know that dogs produce Vitamin C naturally, so there's no need for them to get it from additional supplements.
But there are a few situations in which your dog might highly benefit from oranges.

Situations Your Dog Might Highly Benefit From Eating Oranges:

1. Your dog is old

2. Your dog ate something toxic

3. Your dog is stressed

Your Dog Is Old

As dogs get older, their system becomes less proficient at producing vitamin C and need more antioxidant. In this case, offering additional vitamin C supplements to an older dog's diet may help to reinvigorate them.

Your Dog Ate Something Toxic

If your dog ingested something toxic like onion powder, propylene glycol or any other oxidative toxins, a dose of vitamin C might be helpful due to all of its nutrients.

Your Dog Is Over-Exercised or Stressed

According to Christine Keyserling, DVM at The Animal Medical Center in NYC, extreme exercise or stress can overwhelm the liver's capacity to produce vitamin C in some dogs.

In this case, it is advisable that you give additional vitamin C supplementation.

But for most dogs, this is not necessary.

Dogs drink orange juice

Can My Dog Eat Orange Peels?

It's best that you remove the peels and seeds before giving oranges to your dog. They are not toxic, but they'll give him a hard time to digest, leading to an upset stomach.

If you notice any abnormal behavioral in your dog after ingesting, oranges or any other fruit or vegetable, stop feeding him oranges immediately, he might have an allergic reaction to it.

How Many Oranges Can My Dog Eat?

As you are still learning how much your dog's body can handle the fruit, only offer him one or two sections. This will prevent him from overeating and getting an upset stomach.

When you know he won't get an upset stomach you can start feeding him a little more.

According to the American Kennel Club if you have a large dog you can feed him a whole orange a day at most, and if you have a small dog such as a Chihuahua he should stick to no more than a third of an orange a day.

Veterinarian David Dilmore of Banfield Pet Hospital says that oranges along with any other treats should not make up more than 10 percent of his daily calories.

Regardless of your dog's size, he should only eat about one or two segments of oranges.

Fruits Dogs Can Eat Safely


Apples can be a great snack for your dog. They are low in protein and fat and are a source of vitamin A and fiber.

 Just be sure to remove the seed and the core when feeding your dog.


Your dog can eat bananas, but try to give them only as treats and not as part of his regular diet, because they are rich in sugar.

Bananas are a great treat for dogs because they:

•Are low-calorie

•Are high in potassium

•Have many vitamins

•Contain fiber and biotin


Dogs can eat blueberries and can benefit greatly from it.

 Blueberries are rich in antioxidants, which preventing cell damage in both humans and dogs.

 If your dog really likes it, you can use it when training him to sit, to give their paw, or even to catch them in the air.

They have fiber and phytochemicals and are a great alternative if you don't want to buy treats in stores.


As a tart fruit, not all dogs will enjoy cranberries. But they can eat it safely, with moderation of course.

You can offer cranberries or dried cranberries in small quantities to your furry friend.


Yes, your dog can safely eat mangoes.

Here are some benefits it has:

•Vitamin A, C, E and B6


•Beta-carotene and alpha-carotene.


 As long as you don't give your dog canned peaches, yes, they can eat it.

Canned peaches usually come with a high quantity f sugary syrup.

Small quantities of peaches are a great source of vitamin A and fiber.

Peaches are a great choice for a summer treat and can even fight infections.


Your dog can eat pears. They are great for dogs because they are high in vitamin K, fiber, and copper.

Researchers suggest that eating pears can reduce the risk of having a seizure by 50 percent.


Pineapples contain bromelain, an enzyme that makes it easier for dogs to absorb proteins.

It is ok for your dog to eat pineapples as long as you first remove the prickly outside.

When used in small chunks, pineapples can be a great sweet treat for your dog.

Fruits Your Dog Can't Eat


Grapes and raisins are toxic to dogs, so they should not eat it. It doesn't matter their breed, age, gender or anything else. Avoid it at all costs.

They can lead to a sudden kidney failure and you don't want that to happen.


Avocados should not be given to dogs. Their skin and leaves have a toxin called persin that often causes diarrhea and vomiting.

The inside part of the avocado doesn't have as much persin, but it's not recommended because it is too much for your dog to handle. Avocados are also high in fat content.

Fruit Pits and Seeds: 

If you decide to give your dog any of the fruits in our "OK list" make sure to remove all seed or pits before letting your dog eat it.

Mango, peach, and apple seeds contain cyanide. Cyanide can be a choking hazard and if swallowed may lodge in his stomach or intestines.

What to Do If My Dog Eats Something Toxic?

Depending on what your dog has ingested, the symptoms of toxicity may vary, but be aware if your dog shows any of the following symptoms:



 •Lack of coordination




•Trouble breathing

Be aware of any unusual behavior such as lack of appetite, drinking more than usual or even extreme excitability.

Some Dogs Might Show No Signs

 According to Rachel Barrack, DVM, integrative veterinarian and owner of Animal Acupuncture some large dogs might not have eaten enough of the substance to get sick from it and in some cases it takes a little longer for the first symptoms of toxicity to appear.

If by any means you find around your house any torn-open packaging, opened container or any empty wrapper and you think your dog might have eaten something toxic.,do the following:

1. Put your dog in another room.
Put him in a place away from the toxic substance and keep an eye on him for any unusual behavior.

2. Call the vet as soon as possible.
If the clinic is closed you can call the ASPCA’s 24-hour emergency hotline at 1-888-426-4435. 

Even if your dog seems normal, it's always better for him to get a checkup by a professional.

3. Don't encourage vomiting unless your vet says so. Sometimes vomiting can make things worse when your dog ingested something caustic.

4. Don't allow him to lick himself.
Your dog might have parts of the toxic substance on his coat, so wash him first and then clean the place thoroughly to prevent him from ingesting it even more.

If your dog likes orange juice, you can offer it a couple of times a week. Just be sure not to add sugar. As long as you don't give him a full jar, he should be fine.


Does your furry friend like oranges or orange juice? Tell us in the comments and share this post on social media to educate other loving owners like you.

Thanks for reading!


Rabe, Jean. "How Dogs Produce Vitamin C." Animals -, 26 September 2017.

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