Can Dogs Eat Clementines? Here Are The Benefits!

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Yes, dogs can eat clementines. Clementines and other citrus fruits, unlike certain fruits such as grapes, avocados, and apricots, are not poisonous to dogs and are not listed among the foods that can be hazardous to pets, according to extensive study.

So can dogs eat clementines safely? You shouldn’t give your dog clementine without measures. The fruit is high in citrus acid and experts are of different opinions on whether enough of it can irritate pets.

The food of your dog should be nutritionally balanced, low in fat, and age-appropriate for your dog. Include fruits and vegetables in your dog’s food to ensure he gets enough vital elements, such as vitamins and minerals, to keep him robust and healthy, as well as to boost his immune system.

Fruits and vegetables may be a preferable alternative because your dog’s treats may be high in calories.

Food digests differently in dogs than it does in people, and consuming the incorrect foods can cause long-term health issues and, in severe circumstances, death.

As carnivores, dogs have minimal need for fruits and vegetables in their diet, although an occasional fruit or vegetable as a treat is OK.

So Can Dogs Eat Clementines?

Veterinarians say clementine is OK for dogs to eat, but they may not like other citrus fruits with a strong smell.

Clementine is the result of a hybrid between a mandarin orange and a sweet orange. They are similar to tangerines, mandarin oranges, and other tiny orange types.

Clementine is a good source of potassium, vitamin C, and fiber, and the juicy flesh of a clementine may be a delicious treat for your dog in little amounts.

Clementine peel is harsh on dogs’ digestive systems, and the oils may cause your dog’s sensitive nose to flare up. Veterinarians advise discarding the peel and just feeding your dog the orange meat.

Benefits of Clementines

Fruits and vegetables from your refrigerator are a less expensive and healthier alternative to the prepackaged treats found at most pet retailers. Citrus fruits, particularly clementine, fall into the category of healthful treats with little danger.

Clementine, like many citrus fruits, is high in vitamin C and potassium. A clementine has more potassium than a banana! They are also high in fiber, low in salt, and high in thiamine, folate, and antioxidants. All of which are vital elements in a dog’s diet.


The dietary fiber in fruits such as clementine is soluble fiber, which means it promotes the formation of helpful intestinal bacteria and healthy cells in your dog’s colon.

The fiber helps with stool consistency and regularity by holding water. Fiber also aids transit time, which is the amount of time it takes for food to pass through the digestive tract.


Aids in the maintenance of strong bones and cartilage in joints. It also assists in the production of fatty acids by digesting protein and carbohydrates, which improves your dog’s energy level.

Manganese may be found in fruits and vegetables, cereals, whole grains, and eggs, but not in meat.


This mineral is required for the healthy functioning of your dog’s kidneys. It also helps with heart and muscular function, as well as digestive health. This important mineral is abundant in clementines.

Natural Sugar in Moderation

Aside from the vitamins and minerals stated above, it is important to note that clementine contains modest sugar content and can elevate a dog’s blood sugar.

If your dog is diabetic, this might be an issue. Obesity can also be aggravated by natural sugar content.

If you want to learn how to help your dog lose weight, read our article here.

Vitamin C

This is one of the most essential nutrients that clementine can provide for your dog. It boosts the immune system of dogs by decreasing inflammation, combating certain malignancies, and slowing cognitive aging. This is a potent antioxidant that seeks out and eliminates free radicals that might harm healthy cells.

Vitamin C is spontaneously synthesized in the livers of dogs. Dogs with high levels of activity or acute anxiety may have impaired liver function and may benefit from vitamin C supplementation. 

Clementine is therefore a nutritious snack for your dog. It has a low sodium content but is abundant in essential minerals including potassium, fiber, and manganese.

Is a Whole Clementine Healthy for Your Dog?

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If you have a large dog, you could feed them a full clementine with no concern other than the high sugar level. An entire clementine would have too much citric acid, fiber, and sugar for a tiny dog. This might cause gastrointestinal distress or a stomachache.

Peeling a clementine is the best way to give it to your dog, especially if it’s his first time (some clementines are seedless and they are an excellent choice). Offer them one portion at a time, keeping an eye out for stomach upset.

If your dog is a puppy, bear in mind that they are prone to GI upsets; start with smaller amounts until you are certain there is no response to the citric acid or fiber content.

Clementine peel and seeds are not poisonous, but they are difficult to digest and, if taken in excessive quantities, can induce choking or obstruction.

The rind (orange skin) contains oil, which may cause stomach distress in dogs with digestive problems.

The tangerine pith (the white stringy component between the clementine’s peel and meat) is high in antioxidants and fiber, making it beneficial to your dog. Keep your mind, though, that the rind and seeds are not digestible.

When I offer my dogs a clementine, I only give them the rind and not the pith. The simplest way to do this is to use a fine grater or zester to scrape off all of the clementine skin from the fruit.

How Do You Offer Your Dog Clementine?

Clementine is best served to your dog with the skins and seeds removed from the citrus fruit (if not the seedless variant). Offer them a portion at a time, keeping an eye out for any stomach upset or choking hazard.

To avoid obesity, a reasonable rule of thumb is that treats should not exceed 10% of your dog’s daily calorie consumption.[1] Read more our article on How Much Should I Feed Your Dog to avoid dog obesity.

If there are no problems, large dogs can devour an entire clementine. To avoid too much fiber and sugar, little dogs should only consume one or two portions.

If your dog is diabetic or overweight, it is best to consult with your veterinarian first. This fruit is a healthier snack than a commercial treat, especially if given in modest amounts, but your veterinarian knows what is best for your dog’s health.

The Bottom Line

Simply said, these nutritious citrus fruits are a great treat for your dog because they are not toxic and offer no hazards when presented properly.

Just keep an eye on the sugar level if your dog is diabetic, overweight, or prone to stomach issues, and make sure the amount you provide is appropriate to the size of your dog.

You may be assured that if you offer your dog a slice of clementine the next time you chew on one, you are boosting their health. 

If you want to find out more about dogs and other types of citrus, read our articles about tangerines and mandarins.

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Andrei Bratu
Andrei is the owner of Dog Food Camp and manages the team of expert writers on the site. He is passionate about helping dog lovers learn about canine nutrition.

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