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Can Dogs Eat Raspberries?

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Last Updated: September 15, 2023 | 7 min read | Leave a Comment

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This article was written by a veterinarian, but it should not substitute as contact with a trained professional. If your dog eats raspberries we recommend you contact your own veterinarian immediately.

Raspberries are a fruit found in many desserts and cakes, as well as being enjoyed as a healthy snack on their own.

If your dog starts begging each time you sit down with a bowl of your favorite fruit, then you might be wondering, “Can dogs eat raspberries?”

We’ll explore the dos and don’ts of feeding your dog raspberries in more detail here.

Can I Feed My Dog Raspberries?

Yes, you can feed your dog raw, unsweetened raspberries, but they should only be given in moderate amounts as an occasional treat. Any fruit and vegetable fed to excess has the potential to cause digestive upset in dogs, so a general rule is to keep them to 10% or less of your dog’s daily rations. 

If your dog is on a good quality complete diet suitable for his age and size, then he should already be getting all the nutrition that he needs. Further research is needed into the health benefits of raspberries for our pets, and some of the nutrients they contain don’t actually benefit dogs at all (like vitamin C).

Always speak to your veterinarian if your dog has eaten raspberries and is showing any signs of being sick or if he eats any products that contain other harmful ingredients.

Are Raspberries Safe For Dogs?

Dog eating raspberry off a vine in the wild

The good news is that raspberries are safe for dogs if they are fed in moderation. This nutritious red berry can vary in taste. It’s usually sweet but can be a bit sharp on occasion, which may put some dogs off eating them in the first place.

If you are going to offer them to your pet, it’s best to give them to your dog raw and unsweetened. Before giving raspberries to your dog, make sure to remove any leaves or stems. These parts can be tough to digest and may cause discomfort. You should also make sure that you only give your dog small amounts at a time, as too much fruit or vegetables can cause tummy upsets. 

Are Raspberries Good For Dogs?

Raspberries are a fruit with many proven health benefits for people, so you might be wondering if your dog can benefit too. It’s worth bearing in mind that dogs don’t actually require extra sources of nutrition if they are already on a good quality complete diet, but equally, a little boost is unlikely to do any harm. 

Raspberries are known to be high in vitamin C, essential to humans and guinea pigs, but other species manufacture their own source. Dogs, therefore, don’t really need an external source of vitamin C, but again, it won’t do them any harm.

They also contain a range of B vitamins, manganese, and fiber, needed for healthy digestion. Fiber also helps to give a feeling of fullness, which can help when managing weight.

Raspberries are also high in antioxidants, including ellagic acid and anthocyanins, thought to help prevent and fight certain types of cancer. Antioxidants can also be helpful in conditions like heart disease, arthritis, and diabetes. 

More research needs to be done into the nutritional benefits of raspberries for dogs specifically. 

When Are Raspberries Bad For Dogs?

Raspberries can be bad for dogs if they are fed in very large numbers. Too much fruit could cause tummy troubles such as vomiting or diarrhea. Any time you offer new food for the first time, you should give a small amount first to check for any adverse reactions or allergies.

It’s also interesting to know that raspberries contain high levels of xylitol, a naturally occurring sweetener found in many fruits and vegetables. Even though it is perfectly safe for us, xylitol toxicity is a problem in dogs that eat concentrated amounts of this compound.  

Your dog would have to eat extremely large amounts of raspberries, though, to succumb to toxicity, so it’s rare that this event would ever happen. Xylitol is most commonly found in concentrated forms in sugar-free gum, sweets, medications, and baked goods, so you must contact a vet if your dog accidentally eats any of these products.

As well as it being bad if your dog eats large quantities of raspberries, there are some other situations that you should avoid too

Mixed Dried Fruit & Nuts

Dried raspberries alone are perfectly safe for dogs, but they can become dangerous when mixed with other dried fruits or nuts. Some manufacturers add things like dried raspberries and cranberries to their fruit and nut mixes to add a bit of color and sweetness or to make them seem fancier. If your dog were to eat this mixture, he could succumb to toxicity from raisins.

Raisins (as well as grapes) can cause kidney failure, which is potentially fatal. The exact mechanism of toxicity is unclear, so it is also hard to know exactly how many raisins will cause problems. In some dogs, just a couple could cause illness, whereas others could eat many with no issues at all. 

Certain nuts are also potentially toxic to dogs, in particular macadamia nuts. Animals that are affected usually have issues with their nerve and muscle function. Some dogs seem more sensitive to the effects of macadamia nuts than others, but it can be hard to predict in advance which those will be. 

If your dog eats a dry fruit and nut mixture, then you must call your veterinarian immediately.

Raspberry Preserves Or Jelly

Raspberry preserves and jellies are packed full of sugar, not healthy for dogs to consume, and will undo any potential health benefits. Sugar will lead to excess calories and weight gain and has little nutritional value. 

Raspberry Juice Or Smoothies

Although unlikely to be toxic to dogs, juices and smoothies that contain raspberries can be quite acidic and could cause digestive upset. Some of these juices could also contain a lot of sugar, again, is not healthy for your pet. It’s always best to stick to your dog’s normal water rather than giving him human drinks.

Chocolate-Coated Raspberries

Fresh or freeze-dried raspberries that have been coated in chocolate should not be given to your dog. Unlike humans, dogs are unable to process a certain chemical in chocolate called theobromine. Mild cases of toxicity may just present with vomiting and diarrhea. More severe cases can suffer from side effects such as an elevated heart rate, tremors, and seizures, and if left untreated, may even progress to death. 

Dark chocolate and cocoa powder are more harmful to dogs than milk or white chocolate as they contain higher levels of theobromine. It is dose-dependent, so smaller dogs will be more susceptible than larger dogs to its effects. You must get your dog seen by a veterinarian as soon as possible, even if they seem okay after eating the chocolate, as symptoms can take a few hours to develop.

Raspberries With Cream Or Yogurt

Many people enjoy cream (and sugar) with their raspberries. Cream is very high in fat and could cause tummy troubles for your pet or even a serious condition called pancreatitis. Some dogs also struggle to process lactose, a natural sugar found in cow milk. Excess calories from these types of products could also lead to weight gain. So, avoid giving your dog raspberries with cream, or any creamy desserts, like yogurt, that contain raspberries. 

Raspberry Cookies & Cakes

Cookies and cakes contain little nutritional value for our pets. Even if they contain healthy raspberries, you shouldn’t feed them to your dog. These treats are high in sugar, fat, and calories, which will lead to weight gain, and will undo any potential benefits that the fruit provides.

My Dog Ate Some Raspberries. Should I Be Worried?

Dog eating fresh raspberries from basket standing in the grass

If your dog steals some of your raspberries from the kitchen counter or helps himself directly from the plants in your garden, then it’s unlikely to do too much harm. If he has eaten a very large amount, then it’s possible he could experience some digestive upset. This is usually mild and self-limiting, though, and shouldn’t require any intervention. However, if your dog is excessively sick or seems lethargic, then you should contact a veterinarian for advice.

There are some scenarios where you definitely must contact your vet. This includes if your dog has eaten chocolate-coated raspberries or a dried fruit and nut mix that contains raisins as well as raspberries. Even if your dog seems fine now, it’s best to seek help as soon as possible, as symptoms can develop over time.

What Other Fruits Are Safe For Dogs To Eat?

Black French Bulldog Sniffing at Summer Fruits
Because raspberries are low in fat, they make a good treat or snack for your canine companion.
(But, despite the photo, grapes are a definite no-no for dogs.)

If your dog has a taste for raspberries, then you may want to experiment with some other fruits as well. Just remember that dogs don’t require fruit as part of their diet, so it should only be given as an occasional treat. Safe fruits to try include – 

Never give your dog grapes, as these can be toxic to dogs.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are Raspberries Poisonous To Dogs?

No, raspberries are not poisonous to dogs as long as they are fed in moderation. They do contain xylitol (a sweetener that is harmful to dogs at high levels), but your pet would have to consume excessively large amounts of raspberries for this to be a problem.

How Many Raspberries Can A Dog Eat?

This depends on the size of the dog. As a rule, any fruit or vegetables should make up no more than 10% of the total weight of your dog’s daily food intake. Any more than this could risk tummy upsets, causing vomiting and diarrhea, so moderation is key.

What Berries Can Dogs Eat?

As well as raspberries, it is also safe for dogs to eat strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, blackcurrants, and redcurrants. Only offer them in small quantities to your pet, and never force him to eat them. Not all dogs like fruit.

What Happens If A Dog Eats Raspberries?

Most dogs will be fine and show no ill effects after eating raspberries. If your pet has a sensitive stomach or eats a large quantity, then he may show signs of digestive upset. If you are worried about your pet, then call your veterinarian for advice. 

Final Thoughts

Raspberries are generally safe for dogs to consume as an occasional treat. They are low in calories and contain beneficial nutrients such as fiber, vitamins, and antioxidants. Keep in mind that just because raspberries can be a healthy treat option, they should not replace your dog’s regular balanced diet. It’s important to offer a variety of appropriate foods and treats to ensure your dog’s nutritional needs are met.

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