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Franconian serviceberry

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You may have heard of the Franconian rowan or even seen it in the wild. But what kind of plant is it and what effect does it have on your dog? In this article, you can find out more about this special species from the rose family.

What is the Franconian service tree?

The Franconian service tree (Sorbus franconica) is a deciduous tree or shrub that can grow up to 15 meters high. It grows mainly on the calcareous soils of the Franconian Alb, where it is a typical species of the dolomite hills. The leaves are oblong-ovate and have four to six pairs of pointed teeth on the edge. The flowers are white and appear in May or June in dense umbrella panicles. The fruits are small, round apple fruits that turn red in autumn and have a floury taste.

What are the benefits of the Franconian service tree for my dog?

Franconian serviceberry is not only a beautiful ornamental plant, but also a valuable source of nutrition for your dog. The fruits contain a lot of vitamin C and other antioxidants that can strengthen the immune system. They are also rich in fiber, which can aid digestion. The fruit can be fed raw or cooked, for example as an addition to food or as a treat between meals.

What are the disadvantages of Franconian Bilberry for my dog?

The Franconian Bilberry has no known toxic effect on dogs, but as with any new food plant, you should be careful and only feed small amounts. Some dogs may be sensitive or allergic to certain ingredients. Therefore, watch out for possible intolerance symptoms such as diarrhea, vomiting or skin rash and discontinue feeding if necessary.

How do I harvest Franconian bilberry for my dog?

The Franconian rowan is a rare and protected plant that only occurs in a few locations. That's why you shouldn't just go collecting it in the wild, but find out beforehand whether and where it is permitted. It is best to ask at a local nature conservation association or look for a supplier of organically grown wild fruits. Make sure that you only collect ripe and undamaged fruit and don't take more than you need.

The Franconian rowan is an interesting plant with many benefits for your dog. It can provide him with vitamin C, strengthen his immune system and support his digestion. However, you should always be careful when introducing new food plants and observe the legal regulations.


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If you notice any signs of hypersensitivity or poisoning in your dog, you should see your vet immediately. We are not a substitute for a vet, but we try to be as accurate as possible. Every dog reacts differently and we recommend you get a second opinion or consult your vet if in doubt.

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