A very popular fruit that almost everybody loves. The question is: can dogs eat raspberries too? Today we find out if it’s okay to give our furry buddies this snack.
Yes. Raspberries are a great light snack (86% water). Although you shouldn’t feed your dog too many.
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Are Raspberries Nutritional for Dogs?
You will be happy to know that raspberries are a high source of nutrients. It is one of the healthiest fruit you can find, both for humans and dogs. In fact, did you know raspberries consist of 86% water? Yes! So, you can see just how light of a snack they are. It’s totally fine to share some with your dog. There is also the option of fruit treats made for dogs, with the option for blueberry flavor! Now, let’s be more technical and talk about the nutritional value of the raspberry per 123 grams (1 cup).
Thanks to the help of the very dedicated team over at World Healthiest Foods, we get to know how healthy a raspberry truly is. It is a high source for mostly Vitamin C, Manganese, Fiber, Copper, and Vitamin K. Although it also contains (in smaller quantity), Vitamin E, Magnesium, and Omega-3 Fatty Acids.
Do Raspberries Have Any Health Benefit?
Glad you ask buddy! Matter fact, yes they do! Raspberries are known to for its antioxidant, antimicrobial, and anti-inflammatory properties. This fruit also contains ellagic acid (which is known to kill cancer cells and stop the growth of tumors). The antioxidant property of the fruit, present in the form of Vitamin C and Manganese mostly, boosts the immune system and helps the body fight diseases. Dogs do not need extra Vitamin C, their system already produces this vitamin. However, if your pet suffers from lack of Vitamin C, this is a great and natural way to get it. Fortunately for dogs, this fruit is low on sugar and calories, thus the ideal berry snack for him/her.
Important: Arthritic is a common disease in dogs. Fortunately, raspberries have a great anti-inflammatory effect, perfect to decrease inflammation and joint problems in your dog.
How Many is Too Many? – The Xylitol Issue
First of all, let me tell you the proper way to feed your dog berries. Avoid the ones covered in sugar or packed in syrup. Those have too much sugar, which is exactly what we don’t want our bud to eat. Instead, feed him fresh and/or unsweetened frozen berries.
Now that we got that covered, let’s talk about quantities. Do not give him a full cup. Around 10 to 60 grams of raspberries is enough for him to enjoy and benefit from its nutrients. You see, raspberries have small amounts of Xylitol. Although in small quantity, Xylitol is a type of sugar (40% less caloric then sucrose). If you feed your dog too many berries, it will mean more and more Xylitol, and that won’t be healthy on the long-term. Therefore, as we already said, keep the portions at 10~60gr, depending on his/her weight.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Let’s go over some of the most FAQ. It’s important to take everything into consideration, not only to educate ourselves but other dog owners also.
What is the Nutritional Value* of a Raspberry?
Raspberries are 86% water and contain some healthy nutrients. Keep in mind we are talking about natural fruit, not berries dusted in sugar and others.
– 105 grams of Water.
– 0.8 grams of Fat (0 saturated fat).
– 5.4 grams of Sugar.
– 32.2 mg of Vitamin C.
– 9.6 mg of Vitamin K.
– 1.1 mg of Vitamin E.
– 30.7 mg of Calcium.
– 35.7 mg of Phosphorus.
– 27.1 mg of Magnesium.
– 0.8 mg of Manganese.
– 8 grams of Fiber.
What Dosage is Healthy?
Nevermore than half a cup. Around 10 to 20 grams for small dogs and 40 to 60 grams for large breeds. If your dog is overweight, you should reduce the grams or not give him berries at all (check with vet).
What are the Symptoms** of an Allergic Reaction?
This is very unlikely to happen. Dog berry allergies are not common at all. However, it’s not impossible and it happens. Some symptoms are: skin inflammation, itching, and excessive licking.
**These are the most common examples, please contact your local vet if you have noticed anything unusual, even if we didn’t list it above.
Conclusion: Can Dogs Eat Raspberries?
Yes! Raspberries (and most berries in general) are a great snack for your dogs. Mostly composed of water, it also contains beneficial nutrients that enhance your pet’s health. In fact, berries are very popular among treats for dogs found on Amazon and most pet stores. Just make sure you don’t feed him/her too many and too often. Sure, it’s a great light snack, but it shouldn’t become a daily treat.
Know Something We Don’t?
Hello friend! Did we forget to mention something? Please share your thoughts and experiences with us and our community! Leave a comment down below and join this debate! We are always happy to read your opinion and stories. And please don’t forget to share this article with all your friends who own dogs or are considering getting one. Have a great day and give your buddy a raspberry after the daily walk He will appreciate it!