Can you imagine a bowl of delicious, bright red, juicy raspberries sitting just a few feet away? Who doesn’t absolutely love that tart, slightly sour yet sweet taste? We all know they taste wonderful and are full of nutritional qualities, but can dogs have raspberries like us?
Can Dogs Have Raspberries?
Let’s answer this first question right off the bat. If you’re wondering if dogs can have raspberries, the answer is yes (and no)! Not only can dogs eat raspberries, but they also taste great and are packed full of nutrition. On the flip side, they must be given in moderation.
Do Dogs Like Raspberries?
Most dogs absolutely love the taste! On the other hand, some may find them a little off-putting and might need some encouragement.
Why are raspberries good for dogs, and why should you consider adding them to your pup’s nutritional regimen? Raspberries are a healthy addition for our dogs, of course! Here are some of the health benefits.
Fiber both helps keep your dog’s elimination schedule regular, and prevents constipation. Believe it or not, constipation can actually become a life-threatening condition when a severe case isn’t treated. Fiber is an important part of any dog’s diet!
An ideal dog diet should contain somewhere between 2-4% fiber!
Vitamin C is a very important and beneficial antioxidant for our dogs, helping control free radicals in addition to reducing inflammation as well as playing an integral role in many other bodily functions for our pups. Vitamin C is important for a dog’s immune health, wound care, and many others.
Not only is Vitamin K integral for your dog’s ability to form blood clots, but it’s also important for a dog’s general overall health. Thankfully, raspberries for dogs are another source of vitamin K.
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin K
- B Complex
Low in Sugar
When feeding fruits or vegetables to your puppy, it’s important to watch out for too many carbohydrates. Too many carbs (complex sugars) can lead to weight gain, which is the last thing we want! Thankfully for our furry friends, raspberries for dogs aren’t high in carbohydrates.
Raspberries and Xylitol
Though all dog breeds can have raspberries in moderation, and they are beneficial, they also contain a natural source of Xylitol. We humans, use Xylitol as an artificial sweetener in some of our foods, and you’ve probably tasted something containing it before.
The catch is, Xylitol is normally toxic to our dogs. Too much of it can lead to both liver failure and hypoglycemia (low blood sugar), which can become a life-threatening emergency. Possible side effects you might notice can include:
This doesn’t mean you should avoid raspberries altogether! They are a fantastic, occasional treat for our dogs, and the little ones will love the way they taste! This means you shouldn’t feed your dog raspberries daily, and they shouldn’t be given as a regular addition to meals.
How Often Can Dogs Have Raspberries?
Raspberries are one of those foods that are great for dogs as an occasional treat, but too much can be a bad thing. The same idea goes for many human foods, peanut butter, etc. If given too often, like every day, the natural Xylitol can build up in your dog’s system.
Even the largest breeds should be limited to no more than 1 cup of raspberries as a rare treat, with a larger meal, and only on occasion. Beware of any dog food provider that neglects to mention this fact.
Raspberries for Dogs: Serving Ideas
- Sprinkle either fresh or dried raspberries on your dog’s evening or morning meal. Remember, limit this to an occasional treat, and don’t go overboard.
- Feel free to toss your pup a fresh berry from your own stash. He or she would be grateful for the treat!
- You can easily create a nutritious, great-tasting treat your dog will love by blending yogurt, banana, and a few raspberries together. Pour sections on a cookie sheet or mold, and let them freeze for a few hours!
- Use a few berries as a treat while dog training.
The 10% Rule
The 10% rule with dog food and treats works nicely as a general guideline. Most better dog food brands are veterinarian approved and undergo testing, designed to offer your dog the correct levels of nutrition he or she needs.
Human foods aren’t. The same goes for many cheaply manufactured dog treats, often higher in carbohydrates and sodium.
Remember, as a good rule of thumb try to limit treats to no more (preferably less) than 10% of your pet’s diet.
What if my dog eats too much?
Imagine your pup finding an entire bowl of freshly picked raspberries. By the time you find him, he’s eaten the lot! What will you do?
You absolutely never want to ‘just let it go’ and hope for the best. Your first call should be to your veterinarian for their expert pet care advice, who might suggest poison control. The same is true for any toxin.
Your veterinarian may suggest inducing vomiting, which requires the use of a 3% hydrogen peroxide solution, allowing your pup to expel the dangerous ingredients before they are digested. However, only do this if instructed to by your veterinarian as you will need to use the correct amount for their weight and it is dangerous to induce vomiting in some breeds.
The Raspberry Conclusion: A Great Treat for Dogs
All in all, dogs can have raspberries as an occasional treat, they are nutritional and taste wonderful! Certain dog food brands even have them listed as a limited ingredient. As long as you remember to offer this treat in moderation, your dog will be grateful!
Remember, if you want to avoid the potential risk altogether, simply don’t feed your dog any raspberries.
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