The short answer: Yes, but in moderation.
The long answer: Tangerines are orange-coloured citrus fruits, which consist of hybrids of mandarin orange. They are similar to oranges, but are smaller and less rounded. They also appear more reddish orange than yellowish orange.
Tangerines are high in water, consisting mostly of carbohydrates. These sweet-tasting fruits are also packed with fiber, protein, fat, vitamins A and C, folate, and potassium, which can aid your dog’s immune system and digestion. However, too much of the citrus fruit may cause gastrointestinal discomfort to your dog.
How to feed tangerine to your dog: Remove the tangerine peel and seeds before feeding a portion of the fruit to your dog. Do not allow your dog to play with or eat the peel because it might cause airway or intestinal blockage. The oil found in peel may also upset his stomach and lead to vomiting, diarrhea, and/or dehydration. Meanwhile, the seeds may cause choking.
Do not feed tangerine to a diabetic dog or it’ll increase his blood sugar levels. A small dog should only be fed about one portion of a tangerine, while a bigger dog can consume a few portions. Make sure the portions match your dog’s size and food intake, with his snacks not going beyond 10% of his daily calorie intake.
Here are three ideas for tangerine treats your dog will love:
- Instead of oranges, use a tangerine for this dog treat recipe!
- Share some fresh tangerine slices with your dog as you’re eating it.
- Add tangerine to this pooch-approved ice cream.
In summary: Tangerines are acceptable occasional treats to give to your dog. Before including this nutrient-packed citrus fruit in your dog’s diet, make sure you get your veterinarian’s approval. Let your dog try a small piece first and see what happens in the next 24 hours. Dogs with sensitive stomachs may not be able to handle tangerines.