As we enter the hot summer months, plenty of people are taking a bite out of fresh, cold fruit to ward off the heat. A little bit of citrus — with its refreshing bite and pleasant sweetness — is the perfect way to keep yourself hydrated and energized, but can dogs partake in this yummy treat?
At The Dog Bakery, we’re committed to making sure every dog gets to enjoy as much of the world’s flavors as they can. That’s why we’re constantly reviewing foods to see if they’re dog-safe. We’ve covered mangos, avocados, and more! Now, we’re taking a bite out of tangerines.
Can Dogs Eat Tangerines?
Let’s start with the big question…
Yes! Dogs can eat tangerines!
Now that that’s out of the way, let’s run through a few of the most frequently asked questions about feeding dogs tangerines.
Are Tangerines Healthy for Dogs?
✅ Yes! These delightful fruits are — like oranges — packed with plenty of vitamins and minerals. They’re a major source of:
- Vitamin A
- Vitamin C
However, tangerines are also full of sugar. So, like most fruits, they should be given in moderation.
Can Dogs Eat Clementines?
✅ Yes! Clementines are in the same family as oranges, and they’re safe to feed your dog.
Can Dogs Eat Mandarin Oranges?
✅ Yes! Mandarin oranges are safe to feed your dog.
Can Dogs Eat Satsuma?
✅ Yes! A satsuma is just another type of mandarin orange, which means it’s safe for dogs to eat.
Can Dogs Eat Tangerines or Oranges?
✅ Yes! Both tangerines and oranges are safe for dogs to eat. If you’re planning on feeding your dog some oranges, be sure to remove any seeds and fully peel them before you serve them to your pup.
Can Dogs Eat Tangerine Peels?
❌ No. While dogs can technically eat tangerine and orange peels, they’re extremely hard to digest. To ensure a safe and fun treating experience, you’ll want to remove the peels from any citrus fruits that you serve to your dogs.
How Many Tangerines Can a Dog Eat?
You should only give your dog a few slices of oranges or tangerines in a single sitting. These fruits contain a lot of sugar, so they’re not the best thing to give to your pooch. Nonetheless, your dog will enjoy having a few bites of fresh oranges and tangerines from time to time.
Is It Okay to Let Your Dog Eat Oranges?
✅ Yes! Oranges are a safe treat for dogs to have.
How Should I Serve Oranges and Tangerines to My Dog?
There are plenty of ways to give your dog some fun citrusy treats!
The easiest approach will be to find seedless varieties, such as clementines and “Cuties”, and serve them up after peeling. You can also use seeded varieties, but you’ll want to remove the seeds before giving them to your dog.
If you want to get a little fancier with your plating, you can also try some of these amazing pup-friendly orange and tangerine treats!
With a few ingredients, a freezer, and some ice cube trays or popsicle molds, you can easily make some delicious frozen treats for your pup. These are great bite-sized ways to keep your dog cool this summer, and they’re delicious enough for you to eat, too!
To make Citrus Pupsicles, you’ll need the following ingredients:
- 1 whole orange or tangerine, peeled
- ½ cup of plain low-fat yogurt
Once you have this massive (wink wink!) ingredient list ready, it’s time to get started!
- After peeling and removing any seeds from your orange or tangerine, place all of the separated slices into a blender or food processor along with the yogurt.
- Blend this mixture until it’s nice and smooth.
- Pour the mixture into your molds.
- Let the molds rest in the freezer until they’re firm. An overnight stay should do the job.
When you’re ready to serve these delicious treats, just pop them out of the mold and serve them directly to your dog! You can even take one for yourself.
Tangerine and Carob Cookies
Give your pup a taste of chocolate with this pup-safe recipe, which uses dog-friendly carob instead of chocolate. To make this treat, you’ll need:
- 1 cup of carob chips
- 4 clementines or tangerines, peeled
- ⅛ cup of flaxseed meal
- 2½ cups of flour
- 1 egg
- 1 tablespoon of olive oil
To make the treat:
- Preheat the oven to 350°F.
- Add the tangerines to a blender and puree.
- Mix the carob chips, flaxseed meal, flour, eggs, and olive oil in a large bowl. Add the clementine puree when you’re satisfied with the consistency.
- Knead the dough before spreading it out into ¼-inch thick sheets. Cut out the dough with a cookie cutter.
- After spreading the cookies on a baking sheet, cook for 20–25 minutes.
- Allow the cookies to cool before serving
Your dog will love these sweet treats, and you might even be tempted to take a bite for yourself!
If you want to give your dog a taste of everything, be sure to drop by our store! We have plenty of unique dog-safe treats, including homemade baked goodies.
Rocky Kanaka is an entrepreneur, pet rescue advocate and dog dad to a rescue boxer named Flip, a blind Cane Corso called Kobe, and a terrier mix named Zoey. He's also a pet chef and owner of The Dog Bakery, which specializes in dog birthday cakes
and fresh baked dog treats. His three dogs can't get enough of the dog cakes and treats!
Lorna Paxton Ladd is a passionate dog lover and enthusiast of The Dog Bakery. She loves spoiling her 3 rescue dogs with dog cakes
and jerky. A 15 year veteran in the pet industry, her aim is to educate pet parents on the best recipes, products, tips and tricks to optimize the human/canine bond. Her favorite product at The Dog Bakery are the customizable dog birthday cakes.