Caution With Feeding Berries to Dogs

Raspberries are known to assist in blood sugar regulation in humans and as I was researching a new diabetic friendly dog treat for our bakery, I realized that raspberries are toxic to dogs.  Not only are raspberries toxic but strawberries, blueberries, boysenberries and corn cobs.  The corn cobs were a surprise because we have given our dogs fresh cooked corn-on-the-cob during our MN fall season.  Xylitol is toxic to dogs and is common in chewing gum.  With the explosion of sugar substitutes in human food, xylitol is the sugar substitute of choice with our families.

Xylitol is widely distributed throughout nature in small amounts. Some of the best sources are fruits, berries, mushrooms, lettuce, hardwoods and corn cobs.  One cup of raspberries contain less than one gram of xylitol. I realize this sounds like a small amount but it adds up.  Or if your furry child is sensitive to some food ingredients, please be cautious in reading the ingredient labels.




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