The fruity tartness of raspberries are not only delicious but very nutritious. The berries contain antioxidants and lots of nutrients. They’re full of nutrients like vitamin A, B1, B2, B3, C and E. Not to mention minerals like calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese and selenium.
But when it comes to our dogs, raspberries and their leaves can also be effective for more specific health issues …
1. Raspberries Can Help Regulate Bowel Movements
Anyone who has ever had a dog knows that sometimes diarrhea just happens. And it turns out raspberries can help.
Raspberries are full of fiber that can help regulate the digestive tract. The leaves can also be useful in preventing diarrhea. According to Herbs for Pets by Gregory L. Tilford and Mary L. Wulff, raspberry leaf tea can help with minor digestive tract inflammation and mild cases of diarrhea.
A strong infusion of the tea can be fed at a dose of two ounces per 20 pounds of body weight twice daily as needed. Or, you can try sprinkling one teaspoon of dried leaves per 20 pounds of body weight onto your dog’s food.
Just remember never to use raspberry leaves that aren’t completely dry because they temporarily develop toxins that can cause nausea as they wilt.
2. Raspberries Can Help Reduce Inflammation
Many diseases in dogs (and humans) are linked to inflammation. Disease like …
The antioxidants in raspberries can help reduce this inflammation … especially anthocyanins. Anthocyanins are plant pigments that give red, purple and blue plants such vibrant colours. They also promote anti-inflammatory activity.
Try giving your dog a few raspberries a day (whole or blended) as a treat and for an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory boost.
3. Raspberries Can Boost The Immune System
Unlike humans, your dog can produce his own vitamin C naturally. But as he ages, this production slows, which means he may need a dietary boost. Your dog may also need more vitamin C if he is stressed. This is because stress hormones use up nutritional resources like vitamin C … and that means less vitamin C for the rest of your dog’s body.
While you could use vitamins, these are made of synthetic nutrients that don’t provide the same nutritional value as whole foods like raspberries. In some cases, they can even be dangerous to our dog’s health.
As you can see, raspberries are more than a delicious fruity snack, they’re powerful natural antidotes to common doggie problems.