Raspberries: A sweet and nutritious treat for dogs
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
In human nutrition, we have been praising the virtues of raspberries for a long time. There’s evidence that eating raspberries could play a role in reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, obesity and Canine Cognitive Dysfunction Syndrome, which is similar to Alzheimer’s in humans.
In fact, Dr. Matthew Muir, our in-house Integrative Vet, eats berries every day as part of his health routine, and we’d love for our puppers to reap the benefits of this colourful fruit.
High in 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.
They may be sweet, but surprisingly, raspberries only contain around 4% sugar. This makes them the perfect snack or mealtime addition for pups on a reduced calorie diet – but of course, they should always be eaten in moderation due to their high level of xylitol, which can cause liver problems and hypoglycaemia when consumed in larger amounts.
And even though raspberries are low in calories, they still contain a high amount of dietary prebiotic fibre, manganese and vitamin C.
Studies suggest that raspberries and raspberry extracts have anti-inflammatory and antioxidative effects that may reduce your pup’s risk of chronic diseases, including heart disease, diabetes, obesity and cancer.
Senior dogs with joint pain can really benefit from eating raspberries. In addition, researchers at the University of Alaska found that feeding berries prevented damage from exercise too, making this zesty fruit perfect for athletic pups!
Researchers have discovered a relationship between polyphenol content and anti-influenza viral effects of berries, which this study finding that antiviral effects differed between berry species.
Have you heard? We got roo & raspberries
Our Roo Bowl is fast-becoming a crowd favourite. 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’re so excited to have added new ingredients to this recipe, including green cabbage, chia seeds, tomatoes and of course, raspberries. All offering a healthy burst of nutrition and a taste bud tingling extravaganza for your pup! Are you ready to join the fresh dog food revolution?