Can Dogs Eat Blueberries?
Can I Feed My Dog Blueberries?
There are numerous health benefits to blueberries; you may even have heard of them being called a ‘superfood’ – but can dogs eat blueberries?
Are blueberries a safe treat to feed your dog?
It is well known that not all fruits that humans love can be equally tolerated by dogs. Grapes for example, are harmful to our four-legged friends.
So is it the same for these superfood berries too?
I like to start by introducing the health benefits of the fruit!
What do Blueberries Contain?
- Rich in phytochemicals – including anthocyanin. These compounds are what give so many of the health benefits and also the beautiful blueberries. Of the many health benefits suggested, cardiovascular health is a big one. The antioxidant effects are wide-ranging but may help in the prevention of cancers by inhibiting tumour growth and decreasing inflammation in the body.
- Vitamin C – dogs can however manufacture vitamin C themselves!
- Vitamin E – dogs require vitamin E and a benefit is healthy skin and hair
- Potassium – very important in the maintenance of healthy blood pressure levels and therefore cardiovascular health.
- Low in sugar – blueberries contain natural sugars but at lower levels than some other fruit, with high fibre which gives them a low glycaemic index (low GI). This is actually helpful in controlling blood sugar levels.
These are just some of the main ingredients in a blueberry!
So does that mean dogs can enjoy them too?
Can Dogs Eat Blueberries?
YES! Dogs can eat blueberries.
These super-berries can be enjoyed by dogs as well as humans, and make a great tasty and slightly sweet treat.
Of course, dogs and humans don’t have the same nutritional requirements, and we don’t know for sure that they will have the exact same superfood effect in dogs as in humans, but without a doubt they are safe and healthy for dogs to munch!
Do Blueberries Make a Healthy Dog Treat?
Fruits can certainly be a healthy sweet treat for a dog, better still, a varied mix of fruit and vegetables will give an even better range of potential nutritious vitamins and minerals.
I think adding fresh fruit and veg to a dogs’ diet is a great way to keep them interested in food, especially serving them in novel ways.
Blueberries are small and round, so be careful tossing a whole one for small breed dogs as they could pose a choking hazard. Generally speaking though, you don’t need to slice them.
In summary, blueberries are shiny little gems, bursting full of goodness. They make a great treat to feed your dogs as part of a healthy balanced diet.