Can Dogs Eat Raspberries? When it is or isn’t an Emergency
Raspberries are one of many juicy fruits that are safe to feed to most dogs as long as it’s in small quantities. Raspberries can make a good supplement to a dog’s diet because they are packed with important nutrients and minerals. They are also a rich source of antioxidants, which a dog’s body needs to fight off free radicals. There are, however, a couple of safety tips to keep in mind before you let your dog eat some raspberries.
Safety tips when feeding raspberries to dogs
There are several important reasons why raspberries should be fed to dogs in moderation despite their many health benefits. First, raspberries contain one of the highest levels of naturally-occurring xylitol. According to this study, 1 gram of raspberry contains 400 ug of xylitol. Pet Poison Helpline mentions that the dose necessary to cause hypoglycemia in dogs is approximately 0.1 grams/kg.
How many raspberries would it take then to put a medium-sized dog in danger (about 10 KG)? Based on the above, we know it could take about 20 cups of raspberries for a medium-sized dog to feel the effects of hypoglycemia (low blood sugar level). It’s highly unlikely a dog would be able to eat that much at once but the effects of xylitol can build up over time. We would recommend only feeding these berries in small, infrequent amounts to be on the safe side.
Dogs with sensitive stomachs may also suffer from mild digestive problems like diarrhea and vomiting if they were to eat too many raspberries at once. This could be due to the natural sugar the raspberries contain although, to be fair, raspberries are at the lower end of the spectrum with one cup of raspberries only containing about 5 grams of sugar.
Want to know what other fruits aside from raspberries are safe for dogs to eat in moderation? Find out by visiting our pet food safety database.