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Yes, it is perfectly safe for your Shih Tzu to eat orange.
It’s OK to feed your dog the fleshy part of an orange as they are packed full of healthy nutrients including fiber and potassium. In this article we will answer some questions you might have about feeding your Shih Tzu oranges and a few things you should be aware of.
Unlike humans, dogs can make vitamin C naturally in their bodies so do need to have it included in their diet. However, there are many other nutrients in oranges that can benefit your dog’s health.
As fruits are high in sugar you should limit the amount of orange you give to your dog. Although fruit contains healthy sugars that are fine for your dog to eat they should only be given as small treats.
Most pet nutritionists agree that treats should not account for more than 10% of your dog’s total diet. As Shih Tzus are a small breed you should therefore only be giving your dog 2 or 3 segments a day.
If given in small amounts, oranges should not cause any problems for your Shih Tzu. However, if your dog is trying to lose weight then they might not be a good idea due to the high sugar content. If you dog is on a special diet due to a medical condition then please speak to your vet about introducing any new food to their diet.
Orange juice is a highly concentrated form of sugar and is not recommended to be given to dogs. Water is perfectly fine for them.
Although oranges are fine for your dogs to eat and are not toxic like some other foods, there are a few things you should be aware of when feeding them to your dog.
As has already been mention in this article, oranges are high in sugar. Although a moderate amount of sugar is fine for your dog you should not give your dog unlimited amounts of orange. Just give your Shih Tzu a few segments a day as a snack. Too much sugar can give you dog an upset stomach so start with a single segment and see how they react. If they are fine with one segment then you can try with a couple more.
Although orange peel and seeds are not toxic for your dog they can become lodge in the digestive system so you should definitely remove the peel and the seeds. It’s also highly unlikely that your dog will like the taste of the peel anyway, but we all know those dogs that will literally eat anything you put in front of them.
As with any new food you introduce to your dog’s diet, if your dog shows any signs that the food is not agreeing with them then you should stop feeding them it to them immediately. And as always if you are uncertain about feeding your dog a new food or are worried about a certain reaction to a food then you should see your vet for professional advice.
For more information on what foods a Shih Tzu should and shouldn’t eat please read out article – Shih Tzu Food List – The Best Food For A Shih Tzu