August 4, 2016

Can Dogs Eat Raspberries? Let’s Talk Fruit

Have you found yourself asking your friends, family, and Google, can dogs eat raspberries? This is a very common question. People wonder this all the time.

Now that you know you aren't alone asking weird questions, I want to praise you. I'm glad you are taking your dog's health seriously. You have the desire to seek out the information you need to give your dog the best life.

So, before I give you information, I want to give you congratulations. You are a great companion for your animal. You can feed raspberries to your dog, but you should to learn a few things first.

Can Dogs Eat Raspberries?

Dogs can eat raspberries! They are relatively low in sugar, but you should still feed raspberries to your dog only in moderation.

On hot days, try freezing a few and hand feeding them to your dog. He just might love it! Never feed your dog a whole handful. A few berries is enough.

There is much more we can learn about this amazing fruit. I am sure there are a few things coming up that you didn’t know. It’s time to learn about raspberries!

Raspberries and Roses?

When you ask yourself, 'can dogs eat raspberries,' other questions about this fruit might occur to you. We may as well talk about it while we are on the subject.

​Raspberries are small, red berries that grow on vines. The vines have thorns and can grow in the wild. They are also cultivated.

Did you know that raspberries and roses are in the same family? Raspberries grow on several species of plants in the Rubus genus. Roses are also in that genus. So, raspberries are like cousins to the roses.​

Nutritional Properties of Raspberries

Raspberries contain many vital nutrients. Because of this, raspberries are a wonderful addition to a healthy diet.

​Raspberries contain:

  • Vitamin C
  • Manganese
  • Dietary fiber
  • Copper
  • Vitamin K
  • Pantothenic acid
  • Biotin
  • Vitamin E
  • Magnesium
  • Folate
  • Omega-3 fatty acids
  • Potassium

Raspberries and Health

Would you like to know more about what all these nutrients do for your body? They support many vital systems and processes.

Vitamin C

The benefits of vitamin C are almost all preventative in some way. It boosts the immune system and can prevent cardiovascular disease. It is effective in preventing prenatal health issues.Vitamin C also wards off eye disease. It is well known that the antioxidants in Vitamin C fight free radicals and can prevent wrinkles.

Researcher Mark Moyad, MD, MPH, University of Michigan comes close to calling vitamin C a health tonic. His comments appeared in Seminars in Preventive and Alternative Medicine. The literature review of over 100 studies over 10 years revealed that Vitamin C is on the rise.

"Higher blood levels of vitamin C may be the ideal nutrition marker for overall health. The more we study vitamin C, the better our understanding of how diverse it is in protecting our health, from cardiovascular, cancer, stroke, eye health." He also said it may help us live longer.

The studies Moyad reviewed were of adult patients taking 500 milligrams of vitamin C a day. That is well over the RDA recommendation of 75-90 milligrams. You can hit that mark by eating a good diet and taking a supplement, as needed.

Boosting your dog's intake of this vitamin could improve his health. Can dogs eat raspberries as a source of vitamin C? They sure can.

Manganese

Manganese is a trace mineral present in the bones, the liver, kidneys, and pancreas. Manganese helps the body form connective tissue. Manganese also helps form bones, blood-clotting factors, and sex hormones.

Manganese also assists the body in the metabolism of fat and carbs. It plays a role in calcium absorption. It promotes blood sugar regulation.

Additionally, manganese is necessary for normal brain and nerve function. It's a pretty important mineral!

Manganese is good for your dog, too. Can dogs eat raspberries to get more manganese? The answer is yes.

Dietary Fiber

We all know that dietary fiber is essential to maintaining healthy digestive functions. Did you also know that soluble fiber may help blood sugar maintenance? It appears to slow breakdown of carbohydrates and the absorption of sugar.

An inverse association exists between fiber intake and heart attack. The more fiber you eat, the less likely you are to suffer a heart attack. Research shows that people eating a high-fiber diet have a 40% lower risk of heart disease.

Fiber even helps prevent strokes! According to research, there is a direct inverse between fiber consumed and stroke risk. Every seven grams of fiber you consume daily shrinks your stroke risk by 7%.

A high-fiber diet may reduce the risk of gallstones and kidney stones. Research suggests this is because the substance regulates blood sugar levels.

Copper

Bones and muscles store copper. The liver regulates the amount of copper in the blood. Your body needs copper to produce and store iron.

Can dogs eat raspberries as a good source of copper? Yes, but it is unlikely that your dog needs extra copper in his diet. The body stores this mineral in trace amounts.

Vitamin K

Vitamin K helps the blood clot. It is not necessary under normal circumstances to supplement vitamin K intake. Unless your doctor tells you otherwise, you don't need extra.

Pantothenic Acid

Pantothenic acid is most often called vitamin B5. It is also known as and pantothenate. It helps the body turn food into energy.

The University of Maryland Medical Center found that B vitamins help the body use fat and protein. These vitamins also maintain a healthy nervous system, eyes, skin, hair, and liver.Can dogs eat raspberries to get more pantothenic acid? Sure, but it is not necessary. Your dog eats a formulated diet. If your vet is happy with the nutrients in your dog's regular food, he has all the B5 he needs.​

Biotin

Biotin is another B complex vitamin. It keeps your skin, hair, eyes, liver, and nervous system healthy. Biotin is also vital for embryonic growth during pregnancy.

There is a lot of talk about biotin supplements for healthy hair, skin, and nails. Many people give anecdotal evidence that taking extra biotin improved these things. The science hasn't found any quantifiable evidence of that yet in a clinical setting.

Unless your doctor advises you to take it, there is no need to supplement your biotin. The same goes for your dog.

Vitamin E

Vitamin E is sometimes used to treat and prevent heart disease. It is also used to treat and prevent blood vessel complications. This includes hardening of the arteries, heart attack , and high blood pressure.

Additionally, Vitamin E treats diabetes and may prevent cancer. It shows the most promising results in preventing lung and oral cancer in smokers. It also prevents gastric cancer, prostate cancer, colorectal cancer, and polyps.

Magnesium

Magnesium performs the following functions in the body:

  • Helps With Digestion by Relieving Constipation.
  • Relieves Muscle Aches and Spasms.
  • Regulates Levels of Calcium, Potassium and Sodium.
  • Important for Heart Health.
  • Prevents Migraine Headaches.
  • Helps Prevent Osteoporosis.

Can your dog eat raspberries to get extra magnesium? It is safe to feed raspberries sparingly to your dog.

Folate

Folate supports the neurological system, improves cholesterol levels, and may reduce the risk of strokes. It is also beneficial to the heart. Your dog can eat raspberries and the folate in them with no problem.

Can dogs eat raspberries to get more folate? Yes, but it is unnecessary unless your vet tells you otherwise.

Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Clinical evidence suggests two of the omega-3 fatty acids in fish oil help reduce the risk of heart disease. Therefore, omega-3 fatty acids may reduce high cholesterol and high blood pressure.

You may benefit from some of omega-3 supplements, but your dog likely does not.

Potassium

Potassium may lower the risk of stroke. It may reduce blood pressure, treat heart and kidney disorders, and improve muscle strength. Potassium regulates metabolism, water balance, electrolytic functions, and the nervous system.

You can overdose on potassium. This is unlikely and raspberries are not a significant source of this substance. You and your dog will be fine having some raspberries.

The Wrap Up

You can feed your dog raspberries as long as you do it sensibly. Only feed a few berries every other day or so.

If you do think you have given your dog too many raspberries, call your vet right away. Anytime you are concerned over your dog’s health, your vet is the person you should call. You won’t put your dog at any risk if you start out slowly.

Feed your dog a raspberry and wait two days to see if any reaction occurs. If your dog seems fine, slowly increase the amount up to no more than 5 at a time. Wait two days between each increasing serving.

Thanks for hanging out again in the pet corner with me. I’m glad we learned all about raspberries. Are you craving a pie now like I am?

Do you have friends with dogs? I'd love it if you shared this article with them over social media so we can all be informed about safe doggie feeding. I'd also love to connect with you on Twitter. You can follow the page at @lovablepawclaws. Once we are connected, you can send me your comments about this article. I look forward to hearing from you.

Lauren

Lauren is a young woman with a true passion for animals. She has kept many pets over the years and has intimate knowledge of their needs both emotionally and physically. She loves that her dogs keep her so active and satisfy her desire to spend lots of time in nature.

Click Here to Leave a Comment Below

Leave a Reply: