Can You Feed Your Dog Citrus Fruits?

It's hard to resist your pooch when they come up to the dinner table asking for a bite of food. You may even feel bad that they spend every day eating the same kibble, prompting you to add in a treat here or there. Although many dog owners don't agree with giving in to puppy dog eyes for various reasons, the truth is a few table scraps, as long as they aren't toxic to dogs, aren't going to cause any significant harm (via The Farmer's Dog Digest). It's important not to overdo it, however; these extras shouldn't make up more than 10% of your dog's diet.

What types of treats are entirely off limits? According to Banfield Pet Hospital, you should never feed your pet chocolate, anything with alcohol or caffeine, grapes or raisins, chicken bones, seasonings such as garlic and chives, anything with xylitol, or yeasted dough. If you're someone who keeps citrus fruits in your house, you're probably wondering what happens if your dog gets ahold of a piece (accidentally or directly).

Keep it occasional

Don't worry about scrambling to pick up that dropped piece of sliced orange before your dog can get to it, because citrus fruits are completely safe for your pup, according to Prrrs & Wags by Pumpkin. In fact, oranges are actually good for your dog, as long as they are consumed occasionally. This type of fruit is loaded with Vitamin C, potassium, and many antioxidants that are important for your dog's health. Though oranges, clementines, and tangerines are safe, their juices are not as they contain high amounts of sugar and no health benefits.

As far as lemons go, your dog is not likely to enjoy their tangy taste, per Wag. However, many dogs are interested in the appearance of lemons and like playing with them. If your dog does consume one, they are perfectly safe, as are limes and grapefruits, though they aren't likely to like them either (via Prrrs & Wags by Pumpkin).