No, you should not feed your dog raspberry jam. Processed raspberry jam has minimal nutritional value for your dog and may contain added preservatives and sweeteners that are not safe for your dog. However, you can feed your fur buddy a handful of fresh raspberries as an occasional treat instead of raspberry jam.
What Makes Raspberry Jam Unsafe for Your Dog?
Dogs have a sweet tooth and they are likely to enjoy treats like raspberry jam. However, jams are usually high in sugar content and some may even contain toxic sweeteners like xylitol. Raspberry jams may also contain added preservatives that may cause stomach upsets in dogs.
The ingredients that make raspberry jam harmful to dogs include:
Just like in humans, too much sugar in your pup’s diet will predispose them to chronic health conditions. Obesity, diabetes, dental issues, and even heart disease are some of the conditions that excessive sugar in your dog’s diet can cause.
Raspberry jam may contain xylitol which is commonly used as an artificial sweetener in jams. When your dog ingests food containing xylitol, it is absorbed directly into the blood stream where it causes hypoglycemia.
Symptoms of xylitol poisoning in dogs include:
- Liver failure
Are Raspberries Good for Dogs
If raspberry jam is not safe for your dog does it also mean that raspberries are not good for your pup? No, raspberries when given in moderation are completely safe and healthy for your dog. Unlike raspberry jam, fresh raspberries are free of added sugars or artificial sweeteners so they are unlikely to cause digestive issues.
Fresh raspberries are also better than raspberry for your jam because they are rich in nutrients including:
- Dietary fiber which promotes your dog’s digestive health
- Antioxidants that boost the immune system.
- Essential minerals such as iron, folic acid, potassium and magnesium
- Vitamins C, K and B
What Happens if Your Dog Eats Jam Regularly
If your pup eats raspberry jam or other types of jam regularly, their health may be impacted in the following ways:
Dogs that eat a diet high in sugar are likely to become obese which can cause a myriad of chronic health conditions.
Sugary foods such as jam are a risk factor for diabetes in dogs so your dog may be at risk for diabetes if they eat jam regularly.
Conditions such as pancreatitis which is caused by a poor diet are more likely to occur in dogs that regularly consume foods that are high in sugars and fats.
What Should You do if Your Dog Has Eaten Raspberry Jam
In most cases, if your dog has eaten a little amount of raspberry jam it should not have any adverse effects. However if your pooch shows any signs of stomach discomfort such as excessive drooling, vomiting, or diarrhea, you need to consult your vet.
It is also important to check labels to see the ingredients of the jam your pup has consumed. If it contains xylitol or harmful ingredients like grapes, seek treatment immediately.