There are so many delicious fruits and veggies on this planet that it may make you stop and wonder, "can I sneak this to my dog from my plate?"
If you are crazy for raspberries in particular, you may be wondering if they are safe for your pet. Raspberries are very popular among humans for being low in sugar, high in antioxidants, and loaded with flavor and deliciousness. So what about raspberries? Are raspberries harmful to dogs? Can dogs eat raspberries?
Where do raspberries come from?
While the fruit is a major crop for much of northern Europe, the United States, and Canada, raspberries are thought to have origins in eastern Asia. The berry has a very sweet yet somewhat tart flavor, and is enjoyed by humans in pies, on top of parfaits, and even in jams and fillings. Raspberries are also known for their high antioxidant properties, health benefits, and beautiful, deep red color!
Can dogs eat raspberries?
The answer to this question is complicated. Yes, dogs can technically eat raspberries, but not too many of them at once, or your dog may have some adverse reactions. While raspberries aren't a toxic food for dogs like chocolate, they contain high levels of xylitol, which is not good for dogs, and can cause negative side effects. If you want to feed your dog a raspberry or two every so often, it should not be a danger to your dog, but you may want to avoid them altogether to be on the safe side.
Health benefits of raspberries for dogs
While raspberries aren't a complete toxin, don't start making raspberry smoothies for your pooch. While raspberries do provide some health benefits for dogs such as dietary fiber, antioxidants, and other vitamins and minerals, according to the AKC, dogs can pretty much receive all the nutrition they need from a high quality dog food, and do not need fruits for nutritional value.
While there are some health benefits, it is not a health necessity to feed your dog raspberries. If you want to avoid the potential health risks, don’t give your dog raspberries.
The best ways to feed raspberries to dogs
Raspberries come in both fresh, frozen, and even freeze dried, but it is important that whatever form of raspberry you choose to give your dog, that you always take precautions. Raspberries are not dangerous in small amounts, but they are certainly not a food your dog should be consuming in large amounts or everyday. So the best way you can feed raspberries to your dog? In moderation.
Are there any concerns with feeding raspberries to dogs?
Raspberries are not toxic to dogs and ok to give in very small amounts to your furry friend. However, there are a few concerns with feeding raspberries to dogs, such as their high xylitol content and possible gastrointestinal side effects that you will want to keep in mind should you choose to give this fruit to your pet.
Although this fruit is ok to give in moderation to your dog, according to the American Kennel Club, it's important to be aware that raspberries contain a very high level of xylitol, a natural sweetener which can be toxic to dogs. Xylitol can additionally contribute to the development of health problems in canines like liver problems and hypoglycemia. Raspberries are not not toxic to dogs, but considering their xylitol content, they are not something you should be feeding your pupper everyday.
Xylitol can also be present in processed foods like peanut butter and chewing gum, so it is important to check the ingredients of the items present in your home that may be in reach of your pooch.
Other side effects
Every dog is different. However, other possible side effects to giving raspberries to your dog include vomiting, diarrhea, and constipation. To be on the safe side, always give "people food" to your dog in moderation, especially when foods are unfamiliar or contain concerning ingredients. If you have any additional concerns with feeding your pet raspberries, be sure to speak with your vet!
Just like humans, a dog can develop a reaction to any type of food or treat, so be sure to monitor him closely when trying something new!
Yes, dogs can eat raspberries, but while the fruit is not harmful in small amounts, they shouldn't be given to your dog frequently because of the high xylitol levels in raspberries and the potential gastrointestinal side effects. As always, consult your vet if you have any concerns with feeding your dog raspberries. You should always be careful when giving your dog unfamiliar foods, especially when you know there could be potentially toxic ingredients present, and monitor your dog closely for changes in his behavior when you feed him a new treat or food.
For more information on what you can and cannot feed your dog, check out our guide to everything your dog can and cannot eat.