Berries for dogs

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According to the American Kennel Club, raspberries offer an abundance of health benefits to dogs so long as they are fed to pups in moderation. 

Dogs do not need to eat fruit for its nutritional value, as the AKC notes those needs are typically met by serving them high-quality dog foods. But raspberries are an excellent source of dietary fiber, which helps dogs fight obesity by keeping them feeling full for long periods of time. And the dietary fiber found in raspberries improves dogs’ digestive systems. Since  they’re loaded with antioxidants, raspberries can help to reduce dogs’ risk of heart disease, cancer, diabetes and arthritis. In fact, the anti-inflammatory properties of the antioxidants found in raspberries can be especially beneficial to aging dogs by alleviating their age-related joint pain. Low in both sugar and calories, raspberries are rich in vitamin C, K and B-complex and are an excellent source of minerals such as potassium, manganese, copper, folic acid, iron and magnesium. As beneficial as raspberries can be, the AKC notes that it’s imperative that dog owners only serve them in moderation. That’s because raspberries contain high levels of the all-natural sweetener xylitol, which can be toxic to dogs, potentially contributing to the development of liver disease and hypoglycemia as well. Dog owners who want their dogs to get all the benefits of eating raspberries without putting their pooches’ health in jeopardy should consult their veterinarians before including raspberries in Fido’s diet.  

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