Can Dogs Eat Blueberries?
Written by: Dr. Merliza Cabriles
Yes, blueberries are safe for dogs, but like other types of human food, they should be given in moderation.
Benefits of blueberries for dogs
Because of their nutritional value, blueberries are a common ingredient in many pet food products and dog treats.
- Low in fat
- High amounts of antioxidants
- High in vitamin C
- High in fiber and phytochemicals
- Rich in polyphenols
- Rich in vitamin K
- Low sugar content
Can puppies eat blueberries?
Yes, puppies can eat blueberries, but always in moderation. A few blueberries won’t be harmful, but if your dog eats too many, he/she might end up with digestive upsets.
How many are too many?
Blueberries are best given as occasional treats, and not part of your dog’s daily diet. How much is enough for your pet will depend on their body weight. A small dog can do well with ten blueberries or less. If it’s your dog’s first time to eat blueberries, try offering 1 or 2, and make sure to keep a close eye on your pooch for any reactions.
Best way to give blueberries to your dog
They can be offered fresh and raw after washing them thoroughly to remove dirt and any pesticide residue. Never give your dog berries that are already old or moldy because it can lead to digestive upsets.
Avoid these blueberries
Frozen blueberries and dogs
Some owners prefer to freeze the blueberries and offer them as a crunchy treat to their pets. BUT this practice is not recommended because frozen blueberry can be bad for your dog’s teeth, and also there’s the risk of a blueberry getting stuck in your pet’s throat.
Blueberry muffins and other sweets
It is a good idea to avoid giving your pet blueberries that are incorporated in human food, such as cupcakes or pies. Those contain high sugar, which is bad for dogs.
Other berries your dogs might like are strawberries, blackberries, and raspberries.
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