When it comes to fruit and vegetables, it can be difficult for dog owners to remember which foods are okay for their canine companions to consume and which ones could prove fatal. So, where do raspberries fall? Can dogs eat raspberries? Yes, raspberries are safe for dogs to eat, but they should be given in moderation.
The fruit contains antioxidants, which are great for dogs, especially senior dogs due to anti-inflammatory properties that can help alleviate joint pain. However, there are a few things you should keep in mind when feeding your pup this snack.
Are Raspberries Good for Dogs?
Although dogs do not need to eat fruit for nutritional value (those needs are typically met with a high-quality dog food), raspberries offer an abundance of health benefits. The fruit is low in sugar and calories but high in fiber, manganese, and vitamin C. In particular, raspberries are an excellent source of:
- Dietary fiber, which helps improve a dog’s digestive system and fights obesity (raspberries keep your dog fuller for a longer period of time).
- Powerful antioxidants that can reduce the possibility of heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and arthritis.
- Minerals such as potassium, manganese, copper, folic acid, iron, and magnesium.
- Vitamin C, K, and B-complex.
The Dangers of Feeding Your Dog Raspberries
It’s important to note that raspberries contain one of the highest levels of natural xylitol, an all-natural sweetener found in many fruits and vegetables, as well as other human food products. Although xylitol is safe for humans, it can be toxic to dogs, and can contribute to the development of liver disease and hypoglycemia, which could be life-threatening if left untreated.
This doesn’t mean that raspberries are toxic to your pup, but you should only feed them to your dog in moderation. Other possible gastrointestinal side effects that might occur from feeding your dog the fruit are vomiting, diarrhea, and constipation.
If you have questions or concerns about how many berries to give to your dog, consult a veterinarian.
Here at the AKC, we field many queries from anxious dog owners about what is and isn’t safe for their canine companions to eat. Questions range from the obvious (“Can dogs eat steak bones?”) to the trendy (“Can dogs eat quinoa?”) Check out more “Can dogs eat…” articles on AKC.org to see what foods could be harmful to your dog, including cherries, avocados, and onions.