It’s common for dogs to want to eat practically everything in sight – kibble, treats, your dinner – but there are some things they should stay away from, too. Most people know about the dangers of a dog eating a pound of chocolate, but what about other common foods? Like, say, blueberries?
So Can Dogs Eat Blueberries Or What?
Yes, absolutely, 100%!
Unlike other common fruits that are toxic or harmful to dogs (stay away from grapes and cherries!), blueberries are not just okay for dogs to eat, they’re actually healthy for them, too. If you’re lucky enough to have a pooch who’s interested in fruits and vegetables, enjoy as you open your dog’s world to a treat that’s healthy as well as delicious.
Blueberry Health Benefits For Dogs
Blueberries are a low-calorie treat for dogs that are filled with vitamins and nutrients, all of which are great for your pooch. These berries are packed with vitamins C and K, as well as fiber, which are all crucial to a dog’s health. They also feature high levels of antioxidants. Studies show that blueberries fight free radicals in the air, and that antioxidants help reduce the consequences of brain aging in dogs.
Free radicals have been shown to cause cell damage in dogs (humans, too), making antioxidants found in blueberries great for your dog’s health. Adding blueberries to your dog’s diet can help increase their nutrition and improve their overall health, so feel free to let them taste a few when you break out the carton for yourself.
You can use blueberries as training treats, pop a few into their kibble or mash them up to add to their bowl and mix them in with their regular meal.
Just Don’t Overdo It
So you’ve discovered the pup in your life loves blueberries – great! Before you let them take out an entire container, though, keep in mind that moderation is key. A dog’s diet shouldn’t be primarily made up of treats, even if they’re natural and healthy like blueberries. They may also give your dog digestive issues, so easy does it, especially right when you’ve found your dog loves blueberries.
Every dog’s stomach reacts a bit differently to different kinds of food, so take it slowly. You don’t want to give your dog a stomach ache, even if they’re happy chowing down on a pile of blueberries.
Anything Else We Should Know About Blueberries?
Depending on where you live, blueberries can also be expensive, at least when you break down the price per carton. Prices are also dependent on when blueberries are in season. Go ahead and freeze some when you have fresh blueberries – they freeze and thaw easily, which means you can stock up when they’re in season or on sale.
You can also alternate these fresh berries with treats made especially for dogs, which can help deliver vitamins and nutrients to your dogs while you’re able to keep them stored in a pantry.
It’s always nice to mix things up, though. You can alternate blueberries with other safe foods like strawberries, blackberries, raspberries and cranberries. Do your research before you pass your pup something from your fruit salad, of course, but it’s nice for dogs to experience something new every once in a while.
If you’re interested in spicing up your dog’s treat game, try out the BarkBox subscription. Each month, you’ll receive two bags of treats, so you and your dog will never be bored. That’s in addition to the toys you’ll receive with your monthly subscription.
If you find your dog gets bored of toys and treats quickly, this can be a great way to get them to eat and stay interested in their toys and food by changing things up.
And hey, throw them a blueberry every once in a while. They might just love it.
Featured image via Renee Johnson