Tangerines are especially popular in autumn and winter. So the question arises as to whether the dog is also allowed to snack on the fruit. We’ll tell you whether your dog can eat the sweet citrus fruit.
Can Dogs Have Tangerines?
Dogs are allowed to eat tangerines in moderation. Like all citrus fruits, tangerine contains acid which, if consumed in excess, can lead to over-acidification of the stomach. However, since the acid content of mandarins is not quite as high as that of other citrus fruits such as lemons, there is nothing wrong with giving your dog a few pieces of mandarin in between meals. Larger dogs can handle a whole tangerine. You should only give puppies a few pieces, as puppies’ stomachs are particularly sensitive.
Are Mandarins Healthy for Dogs?
Despite the acidity, mandarins are a healthy fruit that provides dogs with many essential vitamins and minerals. These nutrients are contained in the fruits:
- Vitamin A supports the healthy function of the eyes and skin.
- Vitamin C is important for the immune system and wellbeing.
- The plant substance nobiletin protects against obesity and heart diseases.
- Pectin has a beneficial effect on the dog’s cholesterol level.
- The high water content of the fruit provides the dog with moisture.
- The peel contains antioxidants that fight free radicals and reduce inflammation.
What Happens If the Dog Eats Too Many Mandarins?
If the stomach becomes too acidic as a result of excessive consumption, symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea occur. Most often, the dog will vomit a white foam or stomach acid. The lining of the stomach is attacked and gastritis, i.e. inflammation of the lining of the stomach, can develop. It is best to see a veterinarian for early treatment for gastritis.
Can Dogs Have Mandarin Oranges With or Without the Peel?
Like most citrus fruits, mandarins are dipped in preservatives after harvesting to make them more durable and easier to transport. If you buy conventional mandarins in the supermarket, be sure to feed the fruit without the peel. If you want to use the bowl to provide your dog with the antioxidants and fiber it contains, you should only use organic mandarins. The bowl can also be dried and ground to a powder that you add spoonfuls to the dog’s food.