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I know that grapes and raisins are bad for dogs, but ...

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I know that grapes and raisins are bad for dogs, but blueberries are very good. I was wondering if goji berries are good for dogs as they have tremendous health benefits for humans. Also I want to make SURE of the answer as I don''t want to jeopardize my dog''s health on a guess.
Submitted: 8 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Lori replied 8 years ago.

Excellent question and very understandable that you don't want a guess as to if these could be toxic to your dog.

According to the documentation I was able to locate on Goji berries (also called wolfberries), it is not adviseable to give them to dogs.

(If you go to this link - and search under wolfberry, you will see it listed in the toxic list).

I also found other sites listing this as toxic, so I would definitely not risk giving it to a dog. I did view the Cornell Website looking for this, and it was not listed on their site, which is pretty well inclusive. As they state on the site - if it's NOT listed - assume it is toxic. So we will leave it at that. I could find NO documentation that listed the wolfberryor goji as non-toxic to dogs.

Please let me know if I can help further.

Customer: replied 8 years ago.
Reply to Lori's Post: Hi,
     These are the websites I found that say that they are excellent for pets - quite a conflict, I'd say. What do you think about these?
Expert:  Lori replied 8 years ago.
Hmmmm....very interesting! I am going to see if I can reach the toxicology area at Cornell. It may take a day or so for them to respond to me. Would you mind waiting for me to receive a reply from the university?.....keep in mind also, that the links you provided are from business/representatives that are selling this product and are directly involved with the botXXXXX XXXXXne. Unbiased information is probably more accurate, but we need to verify.
Customer: replied 8 years ago.
Reply to Lori's Post: I appreciate your help on this - please keep me posted; I'll wait for your answer.
Expert:  Lori replied 8 years ago.

Hi! I heard back from Dr. Brown at Cornell today and below is his answer to my question. From what he says, these are not a problem for our canine friends and he is a specialist at the Cornell University Veterinary School in the toxicology area, so his opinion would be probably one of the best ones in the country! I hope this gives you the information you are wanting to confirm!


"These are like little tomatoes or peppers. Although it is in the nightshade
family, the atropine levels are very low and since people eat them like
raisins, i'm thinking the glycolkaloid levels are not very high either. The
berry i worry most aboout with dogs is the common grape and the raisins we
make from them. For some reason, although people can eat large amounts of
these without harm, dogs have been poisoned and in some cases, killed by
eating too many grapes or raisins.


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