During the warmer months, it’s common for many of us to grow sweet, juicy raspberries in the garden or buy them from the shop as a deliciously refreshing treat. They’re the perfect healthy snack and taste fantastic in many desserts, but it’s not just us humans that like to munch on the juicy red berries, our dogs can be quite partial to a taste as well!
If your dog sneaks a few of these delicious fruits off your prized raspberry bush or keeps begging for a sample when you’re tucking into a punnet, you may be wondering “can dogs eat raspberries?” Find out all you need to know in this guide.
Can dogs eat raspberries?
The answer is yes, dogs can eat raspberries but only in moderation. The red berry is fine for them to eat as an occasional treat, but it’s important to limit consumption and not feed them too many. You should always avoid giving fruits such as raspberries to your dog if they have diabetes.
Can puppies eat raspberries?
Yes, raspberries are also fine for puppies to eat. As with adult dogs, it’s best to limit consumption of these and be aware that puppies can have very delicate stomachs which may get irritated by too many fruits!
Are raspberries good for dogs?
Raspberries do contain antioxidants and benefit from being relatively low in sugar and calories, and they’re also high in fibre and vitamin C. However, these are all things that your dog should get from their high-quality complete and balanced diet.
Raspberries and xylitol
It’s important to note that raspberries also contain xylitol, a natural sweetener found in many sweets, fruits and vegetables which is fine for us to consume, but very toxic for dogs. Where most fruits contain xylitol, raspberries do contain a higher amount.
Too much xylitol can cause liver disease and hypoglycaemia, which can be life-threatening if left untreated. But with this being said, it doesn’t mean that your dog can’t enjoy one every once in a while.
How can I feed my dog raspberries?
Only ever give your dog fresh, unsweetened raspberries. Always avoid jams, sweetened or canned varieties as these contain tonnes of sugar which can cause diabetes, obesity and tooth decay, and may also contain xylitol as an added sweetener.
If you want to try giving your dog a raspberry, wash one first then offer it to them to see how they like it. On warmer days you can also try freezing them for a refreshing snack!
For more information on how many raspberries your dog should have or if you’re worried about giving them any to begin with, contact your vet.