Can Dogs Eat Blueberries Safely?

Dog Eating Blueberries

Is it safe to treat your pup with blueberries?

Most dog parents are guilty of spoiling pups with leftovers or table scraps. It is easy to think what’s good for you is good for Fido. However, dogs’ digestive systems work differently from humans, and some foods can have life-threatening consequences for dogs. Although some fruits like blueberries are safe to give Fido as a treat, carnivores don’t need fruit and vegetables in their diets.

Do blueberries have health benefits for dogs?

They certainly do. Blueberries contain nutrients like vitamins K and C, fiber and antioxidants. In addition, they are low in calories.

Furthermore, research has determined that the antioxidants in blueberries reduce cognitive dysfunction as part of the aging process in dogs. Another exciting study involved sled dogs that were given blueberries after strenuous exercise. Researchers found that the antioxidants in the berries significantly reduced the time the dogs required to recover. So, suppose you have an active dog. In that case, it might be good to remember that blueberries might prevent declining mobility that comes with age.

These tasty little treats improve night vision, aid mental function as your pooch ages and prevent cell damage.

Do blueberries pose any dangers for dogs?

Blueberries are tiny, and the choking risk is minimal, except for small breeds or young puppies. The most significant risk is, as with anything else, overdoing it. Remember that treats of any kind must not make up more than 10% of Fido’s diet. Smaller doggies should not get more than 10 blueberries per day, and a bit more is fine for larger dogs. Too many can cause tummy aches. It is never a bad idea to check with your vet before you treat your pup with human food.

Do you grow blueberries in your garden?

If you do, it might be a good idea to take steps to prevent Doggo from gorging on the overwhelming supply of sweet berries. Apart from the tummy ache risk, herbicides or pesticides pose additional risks of health problems. 

Moderation is key — Even nectar is poison if taken to excess. ~ Hindu Proverb

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Sarah Brady

Sarah Brady is an animal lover and the proud dog-mom of a Golden Retriever named Brody and an Italian Greyhound named Jessup. Unfortunately, Jessup developed serious allergies to many different types of dog foods and ingredients when she was just a puppy. Meanwhile, Brody could eat seemingly anything and carry on as healthy as could be. Sarah spent hours of time researching and testing different foods and brands before finding something that worked for little Jessup. She wants Dog Food Care to simplify this experience for future dog-parents who face food allergy or tolerance issues of their own.