Yes, dogs can eat raspberries. Raspberries are safe for dogs in moderation. They contain antioxidants that are great for dogs. They’re low in sugar and calories, but high in fiber, manganese, and vitamin C.
Raspberries are especially good for senior dogs because they have anti-inflammatory properties, which can help aging joints.
However, they do contain small, naturally occurring amounts of xylitol, so limit your dog to no more than eight ounces of fresh or frozen raspberries at any one time. Or, just choose a dog treat that includes raspberry as an ingredient.
Are Raspberries Good for Dogs?
Although dogs do not need to eat fruit for nutritional value (those needs are typically met with high-quality dog food), raspberries offer an abundance of health benefits. The fruit is low in sugar and calories but high in fiber, manganese, and vitamin C. In particular, raspberries are an excellent source of:
- Dietary fiber, which helps improve a dog’s digestive system and fights obesity (raspberries keep your dog fuller for a longer period of time).
- Powerful antioxidants that can reduce the possibility of heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and arthritis.
- Minerals such as potassium, manganese, copper, folic acid, iron, and magnesium.
- Vitamin C, K, and B-complex.
Can Raspberries Be Bad for Dogs?
There is one concern about raspberries: They are actually one of the many fruits and vegetables that contain a small amount of naturally occurring xylitol.
But although xylitol is toxic to dogs, the amount found in raspberries is so small, your dog would have to eat multiple cups of them before any negative effect.
Xylitol is more concerning when it’s used as a sugar substitute in foods, like in sugar-free candies, and baked goods, or occasionally as a sugar substitute in peanut butter.
Just be sure to keep your dog’s raspberry snacking to a minimum—less than 1/2 cup per day (though this depends on the pup’s size). Aside from the threat of xylitol, eating too many raspberries can cause some tummy upset, vomiting, and diarrhea.
The fruit might also appear in your dog’s stool as red-tinged seeds, but there’s no reason to worry if you notice this!
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!
If you’re looking for a more refreshing fruity treat for your dog, why not read our guide on fruits dogs can eat?
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.
How many raspberries can a dog eat?
How many raspberries your dog can eat at one time largely depends on their size.
- For very small dogs (20 pounds and under) and puppies, stick to only one to two raspberries at a time
- Small dogs under 30 pounds can handle three to four raspberries.
- Medium dogs over 30 pounds can have a serving of five or six berries.
- Larger dogs (over 50 pounds) can safely consume a small handful of raspberries.
Can dogs eat raw raspberries or do they need to be cooked?
Yes, raw raspberries are fine for dogs to consume in small amounts. According to NativePet, you should only feed dogs fresh, raw, or thawed raspberries that are unsweetened.
So, if the berries have been frozen and you let them thaw, you can safely feed them to your dog. Otherwise, raw fresh berries are fine too, but avoid any prepared raspberries.
Raspberries provide antioxidants and nutrients such as dietary fiber, Vitamin C, and Vitamin K. In addition, raspberries contain minerals like folic acid, manganese, and iron.
According to the American Kennel Club (AKC), raspberries may benefit senior dogs due to their anti-inflammatory properties.
What’s the Best Type of Raspberry to Feed My Dog?
Not all raspberries are equal. Dr. Thompson says fresh and unsweetened raspberries are the best option for dogs.
“Their sugar content is lower compared to other methods like freeze-drying,” he explains. Fresh raspberries along with fresh blueberries, blackberries, and strawberries offer natural sweetness without loads of sugar.
As long as they’re unsweetened, frozen raspberries are another suitable option for dogs, says Dr. Sarah Ochoa, DVM, a veterinarian at The Animal Hospital of West Monroe. “They retain most of their nutritional value and can be a refreshing treat, especially during hot summer days,” she tells Rover.
While the freeze-drying process does tend to concentrate sugar content, freeze-dried berries can be a convenient substitute if they don’t contain added sugars or any artificial flavors. These should be offered sparingly, though.
If you’d like to treat your pup to some raspberries, the main thing to watch for is sugar and sweeteners.
“I would use caution on commercial products that may have added sweeteners such as xylitol, which can be toxic to pets,” says Dr. Linder. Too much sugar, even the natural sugar found in raspberries, can lead to:
- Dental problems
- Digestive upset: diarrhea, abdominal pain, and gas
- Pancreatitis (inflammation of the pancreas)
- A weakened immune system