Dog Care

Can Dogs Eat Blueberries?

Can Dogs Eat Blueberries?

Written By Amica Graber

Aug 24, 2016

As any responsible dog owner will tell you, if your dog gets their snout somewhere it doesn’t belong and makes off with what used to be your snack, talk to your vet. Seemingly innocent human foods, like chocolate, can be poisonous to dogs. But if your pooch has made off with your fresh blueberries, you can rest easy! Blueberries are safe for dogs!

dog looking at blueberries

Can Dogs Eat Blueberries?

Yes! Blueberries are packed full of antioxidants, which are great for humans and dogs alike! You can freeze blueberries and use them as a quick, cool treat for Fido, or throw a few on top of your dog’s dinner as a superfood booster!

Blueberries contain fiber, potassium, vitamin C, and phytonutrients. Their antioxidant properties give them a reputation as the world’s healthiest food. It’s unknown if dogs reap the same nutritional benefits of blueberries that humans do, but the good news is that dogs can eat them.

In humans, antioxidants can help prevent heart disease, fight cancer, and keep our eyes and skin healthy. Perhaps these benefits will also transfer to our four-legged friends!

Health Benefits Of Blueberries For Dogs

In 2006, the University of Alaska fed blueberries to sled dogs to monitor the benefits. In a study published by the National Institute Of Health, the sled dogs had a higher amount of antioxidants in their blood, which offers some protection against free radicals.

How Many Blueberries Can I Feed My Dog?

boston terrier eating blueberries

While blueberries are a healthy booster, we wouldn’t recommend feeding your dog an excessive amount. Like all dog treats, they should be used in moderation!

Every dog has a unique digestive system. If you’ve never given Fido blueberries before, start out by giving them no more than three — and wait. Your dog may have a sensitivity to blueberries, which could result in diarrhea or stomach cramps. After 24 hours, if your dog has shown no signs of sickness, you can add blueberries to their diet a few times a week. Even then, you should avoid showering Pooches with berries on a daily basis.

Berries To Avoid

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If your dog is anything like mine, a walk around the woods is more like an open buffet for my little friend. Many fruit leaves contain cyanide, which is poisonous for dogs — so keep Fluffers away from fruits. As for these red berries, they’re called rowan tree berries. Although they may look like blueberries’ ruddy cousin‚ they are severely toxic for dogs. If your dog consumes any of these little red devils, call an animal poison helpline or visit the vet at once.

Blueberries For Dogs

What’s the best way to add blueberries into your dog’s diet?

Try using this infographic to make your own DIY dog food in the slow cooker!

 

Or save this printable to your Pinterest board for the next time you’re feeling creative in the kitchen!

Do you have any fun recipes for adding blueberries into your dog’s diet? Tell us about them in the comments!