Raspberries: a sweet and nutritious treat for dogs

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Small but mighty, raspberries are low in calories, high in dietary prebiotic fibre and Vitamin C, and are an amazing source of antioxidants for dogs of all ages.

The benefits of raspberries

Our in-house Integrative Veterinarian, Dr. Matthew Muir, loves including berries in his own daily routine — both pups and humans can reap the health benefits of this colourful fruit!

Human nutrition has praised the virtues of raspberries for a long time. For dogs, there’s also evidence that eating raspberries plays a role in reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, obesity and Canine Cognitive Dysfunction Syndrome, which is similar to Alzheimer’s in humans.

Full of antioxidants

Raspberries are high in several powerful antioxidant compounds, including vitamin C, quercetin, anthocyanins and ellagic acid.

Quercetin is emerging as a major player in managing allergies naturally, whilst ellagic acid holds incredible anti-inflammatory powers.

Low in calories

They may be sweet, but surprisingly, raspberries only contain around 4% sugar. This makes them the perfect snack for pups on a reduced-calorie diet.

Raspberries contain small amounts of naturally occurring xylitol which can cause an upset tummy in large amounts.

Per day, start with:

  • Two to three raspberries for small dogs

  • Five raspberries for medium dogs

  • 10 raspberries for large dogs

A small handful a day is a good limit.

Although raspberries are low in calories, they still contain a high amount of dietary prebiotic fibre, manganese and vitamin C.

Contains anti-inflammatory properties

Studies show raspberries and raspberry extracts have anti-inflammatory and antioxidative properties to help alleviate your pup’s risk of chronic diseases, including heart disease, diabetes, obesity and cancer.

This is especially beneficial for senior dogs, as these anti-inflammatory properties can help reduce joint pain and even prevent damage from exercise, making this zesty fruit perfect for athletic pups!

Anti-ageing and anti-viral

Raspberries contain a small amount of resveratrol, an anti-ageing phytochemical, which isn’t found in many other pet foods.

Researchers have discovered that berries have antiviral effects due to their polyphenol properties. Berries with higher polyphenols had a much stronger effect, with raspberries having 126mg per 100g.

Bursting with vitamins and minerals

  • Vitamin B6 helps promote metabolism, brain development, and the production of red blood cells. It supports a healthy nervous system, aids in the breakdown of proteins, and assists in the absorption of nutrients.

  • Dogs cannot synthesize their own Vitamin C, so this essential nutrient must be present in their diet. It acts as an antioxidant, supporting the immune system and protecting cells from damage caused by free radicals while playing a key role in collagen synthesis for healthy skin, connective tissues, and wound healing.

  • Potassium helps maintain proper nerve and muscle function in dogs. It helps maintain healthy heart rhythm, muscle contraction, and fluid balance.

  • Magnesium supports energy production, muscle and nerve function, and the maintenance of strong bones. It also regulates blood pressure, supports a healthy immune system, and aids in protein synthesis.

  • Iron is essential for the production of hemoglobin — the protein responsible for transporting oxygen in the blood. It also supports overall energy levels, growth, and vitality in dogs.

  • Manganese helps build up metabolism, bone formation, and antioxidant defence. It contributes to healthy cartilage and connective tissues, supports brain function, and assists in the metabolism of carbohydrates and amino acids.

  • Fibre maintains healthy digestion by promoting regular bowel movements and preventing constipation. It can also aid in weight management by increasing satiety and reducing calorie intake.

Look out for raspberries in our Roo Bowl!

Ultra-low in fat, high in protein and easy to digest, our Rip Rollickin’ Roo Bowl is complete and balanced for all ages and especially good for pups suffering from pancreatitis, diabetes and obesity. We’ve combined green cabbage, chia seeds, tomatoes and of course, raspberries for a healthy burst of nutrition and a taste bud-tingling extravaganza for your pup!

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