Are slices of oranges safe treats for my dog?
Lemons, limes and oranges, and even extracts of these citrus fruits aren’t toxic, but they can have a laxative effect on dogs and cause diarrhea and vomiting.
Grapefruit, however, is toxic to dogs, and it causes the same symptoms, with the addition of depression and possible photo-sensitivity, according to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA).
Lemons, limes and orange contain vitamin C, which is a natural antioxidant used as an ingredient in many pet foods; many say it makes the skin healthier, strengthens blood vessels, and makes the immune system stronger.
One of the best ways to utilize orange is to make an orange oil spray that you apply topically.
First, the smell of essential orange oil is much more pleasant than wet dog smell. Adding it to the final rinse makes a great deodorizer! Some say that, besides being an effective deodorizer, degreaser and fur stain remover, it helps to calm and relieve common skin and itching problems associated with flea bites and other dermatitis. With a small amount of effort you can add orange oil in the final rinse of your dog’s bath in order to calm, cleanse, and coddle her.
Here’s how to make turn your dog’s bath into a luxurious spa experience for her:
• Create spray bottle of orange oil by adding 10 drops of orange oil to a 24-ounce spray bottle of water.
• Bathe your dog as usual and then remove her from the tub of water.
• Towel her off to remove excess water. A slightly damp coat is ideal.
• Spray the orange oil solution lightly over her coat. Avoid spraying around her eyes.
• Work the diluted orange oil into her fur and skin by massaging her coat with your hands.
• Repeat steps 4 and 5 for a stronger effect.