The short answer: Yes, but only in moderation.
The long answer: Mandarins are a variant of oranges, which dogs can consume in small quantities. Compared to oranges, they are described as being smaller in size, sweeter in taste, and flatter in shape. They also have a thinner, looser skin that makes them easy to peel.
Because mandarins are high in sugar and acid, it is best to limit your dog’s intake to only a few pieces depending on his size, health, and caloric requirements. Too much of the fruit may cause gastrointestinal discomfort and/or diarrhea.
How to feed mandarins to your dog: Peel off the mandarin rind and dispose of it responsibly. This will prevent your dog from accidentally biting or eating it. Also, take out the pith and seeds before feeding a section of the fruit to your dog. The seeds might cause your pet to choke or have internal blockage. They also contain cyanide, which is lethal for your canine.
Here are three ideas for mandarin treats your dog will love:
- Replace orange for mandarin to make dog-friendly ice cream.
- Top one or two pieces of mandarin over his dry kibble to add texture and flavour.
- Refrigerate and serve slices of mandarin as a refreshing treat.
In summary: Naturally sweet and packed with vitamin C, mandarins are citrus fruits that you can occasionally give to your canine. Dogs will not benefit from consuming mandarins on a regular basis, so it’s best not to make your pooch get fond of its taste and texture.