Just like their humans, dogs enjoy snacking on fresh fruit, and whether it’s added to their meal or given as a treat, it’s perfectly fine to share some of your healthy snack with them. Fruits such as berries not only taste good but also provide some great health benefits. But like any other time we feed human food to our canines, it’s important to do so in moderation.
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Can My Dog Eat Raspberries?
Yes, dogs are allowed to eat raspberries but in moderate amounts. This fruit contains antioxidants that are great for dogs, especially seniors, because they have anti-inflammatory properties which can help alleviate any pain in their joints.
Fruit should be given to dogs in its natural state; just because you enjoy your berries with a side of cream or dipped in chocolate does not mean dogs should have it that way, too.
While raspberries can be safe and a healthy option for your dog to eat, there are rules to abide by when feeding these sweet little treats.
Are there Potential Side Effects from Feeding Raspberries?
It’s important for dog owners to be aware that raspberries are one of the few fruits with the highest levels of natural xylitol, an all-natural sweetener found in many fruits and vegetables as well as other products we consume. Although xylitol is safe for humans when ingested by dogs it can be toxic. It can contribute to the development of liver disease and hypoglycemia, which can be life-threatening over time if left untreated.
That doesn’t mean you can’t feed your dog a few raspberries every so often, just make sure you are not overfeeding this fruit.
Other possible gastrointestinal side effects that might occur from feeding raspberries are vomiting, diarrhea, and constipation. This can result from giving them too many or introducing too quickly into your dog’s diet.
Can I Feed Raspberries to My Puppy?
When it comes to puppies, it’s best to exercise extra caution. Try giving your dog a small piece and see how he reacts. If after a few hours he seems fine, you can slowly increase the quantity. This procedure should be followed for any new food you introduce into your pup’s diet.
How Many Raspberries Can I Feed My Dog?
Because dogs don’t know the meaning of portion control and will eat until they feel satisfied, it’s up to owners to keep their dog’s intake of human food to a minimum.
Even though you can give your dog raspberries that doesn’t mean you should be feeding them the whole bowl. Because this fruit contains the toxin xylitol you should limit your dog to less than one cup at a time. If you have questions or concerns when it comes to how many berries are safe, contact your veterinarian for an exact amount.
Can I Feed Them to My Dog Right From the Package?
Like any other fruit, raspberries should be washed off first before feeding. Chemical sprays and pesticides are used on many farms and in supermarkets, so it’s important to clean all fruit before ingesting it.
Other than washing them, there’s not much more you need to do. Unlike other fruits there aren’t any pits to remove, skin to peel, or seeds or stems that can pose a threat.
What Are the Health Benefits of Raspberries for Dogs?
Although dogs do not need to eat fruit for nutritional value (those needs are met from feeding a high quality dog food), raspberries offer an abundance of health benefits.
Dogs gain the same health advantages from eating raspberries as we do. They're low in sugar and calories but high in fiber, manganese, and vitamin C. In particular raspberries are an excellent source of:
- Dietary fiber – helps improve your dog’s digestive system and fight obesity (they keep your dog fuller for a longer period of time).
- Rich in powerful antioxidants that can help protect against free radicals that damage body cells and reduce the possibility of acquiring heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and arthritis.
- Rich in vital minerals for the body, such as potassium, manganese, copper, folic acid, iron, and magnesium.
- Excellent source of vitamin C, K, and B-complex.
All of these benefits make eating raspberries good for your dog but remember, they also contain xylitol so it's important your share this fruit in moderation!