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Why Dogs Don't Like Raspberries



4 min read


Why Dogs Don't Like Raspberries




It’s sometimes hard to keep up with all of the foods your dog, Ripley, can and cannot have. You know about onions, chocolate, and grapes, but what about raspberries? It was at the summer raspberry festival when you hesitated to give your begging Ripley a raspberry from your shortcake because you have a hard time keeping track of what he can and cannot eat. But he managed to snag some juicy berries from the ground anyway, and as he was drooling for more, you were curious about what effects, if any, raspberries have on dogs. Should you hold off on the raspberries? Should you buy him his own raspberry shortcake? Or, should you just limit Ripley’s raspberry intake? The questions begin to consume you as Ripley gives you the puppy eyes for more.

The Root of the Behavior

Good news for Ripley. Raspberries are not toxic, but owners should be aware that dietary changes can cause an upset stomach for your furry friends. This means that feeding Ripley a few raspberries is totally fine, but moderation is key because feeding him a dozen raspberries every day might lead to some discomfort. Raspberries do have the highest amount of xylitol (a natural sweetener) found in fruit. Although safe for humans, xylitol can lead to hypoglycemia and liver issues with frequent consumption. Be more cautious feeding raspberries to puppies and smaller breeds because the xylitol affects their teeny-tiny digestive systems more than their larger furbuddies. However, dogs are scavengers, and some of Ripley's doggy ancestors ate those juicy red berries right off the bush. Still, too many raspberries can upset Ripley’s digestive system and cause vomiting and diarrhea, and that’s a mess owners will want to avoid.

Raspberries, in spite of their sweetness, are relatively low in sugar, and there have been some positive effects with raspberry seed extract and animals. It turns out that in addition to all that other good stuff in raspberries listed above, raspberries also have a high amount of elegiac acid, which plants naturally produce to fight off infections and pests. It’s possible to make a raspberry extract out of this stuff, which companies can measure for perfect doggy doses. Ripley might not be as much of a fan of raspberry pills, but his stomach will thank him. Studies have found that raspberry extract has been found to fight off cancer and enhance liver function in laboratory animals as well as prevent canine diabetes and hip and joint problems. In regards to cancer, studies have also shown that raspberry extract reduced the chances of animals getting colon cancer by up to 80 percent ! Raspberry extract could also act as an anti-inflammatory for Ripley and aid in proper glucose levels. This means a simple raspberry could help your canine with relieving arthritis and diabetes. You now are highly considering raspberry extract for Ripley.

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Encouraging the Behavior

One rare risk of eating raspberries is that they do ferment after a while. If you have a pint of them that have been in your fridge unnoticed for a few months, then Ripley manages to eat them, there is a slight chance that he could get drunk! Also, we humans sometimes like to jazz up our fruit. Raspberries covered in chocolate and whipped cream are a treat that also might be chilling in that fridge. This is a terrible snack for Ripley. Now you might have more of an incentive to clean the refrigerator.

On the pawsitive side, raspberries are a natural anti-inflammatory, which is wonderful for old doggy joints. They are also chock full of antioxidants, vitamin C, and fiber, which helps prevent obesity, and keeps you fuller longer. Stunningly, this small fruit has even more awesome nutrients within such as folic acid, vitamin B, copper, and magnesium. As tempting as it may be to go to the grocery store and buy a couple of pints of raspberries to mix in with Ripley’s dog food, you reiterate to yourself that moderation is key, and in spite of the jam-packed nutritional value that raspberries contain, Ripley should only have a few berries at a time for a special treat. Ripley’s quality dog food should be his main source of doggy power and raspberries only an occasional side dish. However, Ripley can certainly benefit from a few raspberries in his diet.

Other Solutions and Considerations

The biggest concern with raspberries and dogs is that they will eat too many and get sick because of the xylitol which can be harmful to canines in larger amounts. Although rare, berries do ferment and can be covered in other foods that are bad for Ripley’s health. This is why it’s important as an owner to keep tabs on where and how long you store your raspberries so that Ripley won’t get into digestive trouble. Be especially mindful of feeding raspberries to smaller dogs and puppies because they can’t consume the same amount of raspberries as a larger dog (think Saint Bernard compared to a Chiweenie). If choosing raspberry extract natural supplements for your dog, check labels and make sure they are FDA approved and adhere to the Agricultural Department guidelines. Also, follow the proper dosage amount. Overall, it’s okay to bring Ripley to the raspberry festival and offer him a few licks of your shortcake. 


You are fascinated by the number of vitamins and minerals found in raspberries. You also are amazed that raspberries can fight off certain diseases and prevent other issues. You now have more respect for that small raspberry, but you also are aware that the natural sweetener found in raspberries (xylitol) can be dangerous for Ripley if he devours too much. This is why you have no problem off-furring Ripley some raspberries once in a while, but you eat most of the pint on your own.

By a Retriever lover Amanda Clark

Published: 04/16/2018, edited: 01/30/2020

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