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Can dogs eat goji berries – Facts that every dog owner must know

They have a funny name, don’t they? Goji berries make our tongue twist! However, on a serious note, these berries are considered extremely nutritious. Doctors highly recommend them as “superfoods” because they pack so many nutrients.

Now, like every other dog owner, we know what you are thinking. Can my dog eat goji berries too? Wouldn’t it be beneficial to him/her as well? These are good questions. And we have the answers. Keep reading.

What are goji berries?

 goji berriesGoji berries have been around for centuries. They are native to Asia and China, Japan, Vietnam, etc. use them extensively in their diet. 

They have a great number of nutrients, including vitamin C, iron, and calcium. Alongside this, they also have anti-oxidants, beta-carotene, calcium, zinc, phosphorous, fiber, and other micro-nutrients. In fact, their nutritional value is so high that people find it hard to believe unless proven!

Benefits of goji berries

If they have so many nutrients, they are obviously great for health, aren’t they? Yes! But how do they help us? Here are some of their benefits:

  1. They are anti-inflammatory.
  2. They relieve pain due to arthritis, sore joints, etc.
  3. They fight against free radicals.
  4. They aid digestion and help maintain excellent digestive health.
  5. They boost immunity.
  6. They also aid in better eyesight.
  7. They enhance brain functioning.

Can dogs have goji berries?

dogs and goji berriesThe short answer is yes. Most of the benefits above apply to dogs as well. So, they can munch on these yummy berries with you for better health, strong bones, healthy teeth, and pain alleviation. Research has also proven that goji berries prevent rickets, which is an absolute nightmare. Rickets is a bone problem that results in stunted growth. Goji berries can keep it at bay!

Selenium, a very important mineral in goji berries, also contributes to the benefits. This single nutrient improves diet, slows cell aging, prevents heart disease, protects the skin, and averts seizures. Zinc, on the other hand, works to boost immunity and helps wounds heal quickly.

Are goji berries safe for dogs?

While dogs can definitely eat goji berries (and absolutely love them), there’s an added concern. Are they safe for everyday consumption? This is where things get slightly tricky. 

Despite being loaded with nutrients, consumption must be moderated. This is because goji berries have vitamin C and sugar. Of course, sugar content is not very high, but that’s in human terms. In dog terms, it is a lot and since dogs don’t really need so much sugar, it can be harmful to them. They may end up having diabetes.

Another problem due to regular consumption can be loose motions. The high amounts of fiber may do more harm than good to the digestive system too. 

The verdict

Too much of anything is harmful. This stands true even in the case of a superfood like the goji berry. As long as your pooch consumes it once in a while, everything will be good. Too much can lead to unnecessary problems. 

So, we advise you to err on the side of caution and modern consumption. Happy goji to you and your doggy!

Tonya G. Hubbs

Hi, I am Tonya Hubbs. I am a postgraduate in zoology and have a keen interest in animal welfare. Being a mommy to two dogs, Salt and Pepper, have helped me to know about pet care in depth. I write blogs on dogs, cats and other pets to share my knowledge of years with the people. When not writing, you will find me playing with my pets and learning piano.

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