Most berries, including raspberries (and strawberries), are safe for your dog to eat. However, they do contain natural xylitol which is a sweetener that can be toxic to dogs and contribute to liver disease and hypoglycaemia. This doesn’t mean they are toxic to your dog as the amount of xylitol is small compared to other substances like toothpaste, but you should only feed them in moderation and never as a consistent diet.
Raspberries contain a large amount of sugar which is hard for your dog’s digestive system to handle, moderate the number of raspberries your dogs eat. Eating a lot of sugar can be particularly harmful to diabetic dogs. Avoid canned, jarred or jammed raspberries too as these contain more sugar and potentially more xylitol.
Full of fibre raspberries can make your dog feel fuller for longer with less food and calories. As well as all the fibre they are packed full of antioxidants, vitamin C and other vitamins and minerals. They don’t require much prep either just wash and feed.
In the summer these can be great frozen treats for your dogs to keep them happy and feeling full.
Instead of this sugary snack, feed a complete and balanced meal like Pure, that contains the perfect quantities of protein, fruit and veggies, without the high sugar content. Packed with flavor and full to the brim with nutritious ingredients, Pure is perfect for keeping your dog happy and healthy.
Written by: Dr Andrew Miller MRCVS
Andy graduated from Bristol University in 2010 and sees nutrition as a foundation for our pet's wellbeing and takes a common-sense approach. We are what we eat, and it shouldn't be any different for our pets.