We know you love your dog, and we do too! That’s why we’re here to tell you about the amazing benefits of blueberries for dogs.
Blueberries are a great source of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that can help keep your pup healthy and happy. Not only that, but they’re full of fiber which is good for digestion and can help with weight management. So next time you go grocery shopping, pick up some blueberries for your furry friend!
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Can Dogs Eat Blueberries?
The answer is yes, blueberries are safe for dogs to eat. But, like everything else, blueberries need to be fed to your dog in moderation.
Blueberries are considered a superfood because they have many vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that are good for your health, and your dog’s health.
Always consult your veterinarian before giving your dog new foods.
What are the health benefits of blueberries for dogs?
Blueberries are good for dogs because they are low-calorie and are full of antioxidants, fiber, and vitamins which help support a dog’s immune system as well as aid in their general health.
Blueberries also have a high vitamin C content, which, according to the AKC, can help reduce inflammation and slow cognitive aging in dogs.
Can Blueberries Be Bad for Dogs?
Blueberries can be bad for dogs in three main ways. The first way is by giving your dog too many. If your dog eats too many, it could lead to stomach upset and diarrhea.
Second, some dogs (especially little dogs) could choke on blueberries, especially if they tend to not chew their food before swallowing. This is less of an issue if you feed your dog their blueberries one by one. But you will want to be extra careful with those little dogs that like to swallow their treats without chewing.
Lastly, as with any food, some dogs could have an allergy to blueberries. If you’ve never given your dog blueberries before, be on the lookout for signs of an allergic reaction, such as itchiness, vomiting, or diarrhea.
Feeding Dogs Blueberries
You can give your dog fresh or frozen blueberries. Blueberries also make a great addition to homemade dog treats. One you could try is adding blueberries to homemade dog ice cream.
How many blueberries can my dog eat daily?
You should always consult with your veterinarian before feeding your dog any new food, but in general, a few blueberries a day should be ok.
Obviously how much you can give your dog depends on how big they are. Luna, weighing over 120 pounds, can eat more blueberries in a day without issue than Morgan, at 23 pounds, can. That’s why it’s best to consult with your vet for the correct amount to give them daily.
Another thing to consider when deciding how many blueberries to give your dog is that according to the AKC, you should limit all treats to no more than 10% of your dog’s daily diet.
Are Dried Blueberries Good for Dogs?
Dried blueberries may not be as good for dogs as fresh or frozen blueberries because they may have lost some of their nutritional value.
You also have to be careful of which dried blueberries you get as some have added sugar and end up being too high in sugar for dogs. If you want to give your dog dried blueberries, it is probably best to dry them yourself.
If your main concern is that your blueberries will go bad before your dog can eat them all, just freeze the fresh blueberries when you get them. Then feed them to your dog as a frozen treat.
Can dogs eat blueberry muffins?
No, blueberry muffins are not a good idea for dogs. Most commercially made muffins contain added sugar, which is bad for dogs, and they also have unhealthy fats.
If you’re looking for a way to give your dog blueberries as a treat, it’s best to make some homemade dog treats yourself. Check down the page for some links to some recipes for dog treats that use blueberries.
Is blueberry yogurt good for dogs?
Again, no. Most yogurt contains too much sugar for dogs, and because it is dairy-based, can also lead to diarrhea or allergies.
Can Dogs Have Blueberry Greek Yogurt?
Even though Greek yogurt is better for dogs than regular yogurt, your dog still can’t have blueberry Greek yogurt for the same reason they shouldn’t have regular blueberry yogurt. Any flavored yogurt is going to have too much sugar for dogs.
Can Dogs Eat Blueberry Pie?
No, just like the muffins and yogurt, blueberry pies are not good for dogs. Pies are usually high in sugar and too much sugar is bad for dogs. The best way to give dogs blueberries is to give them plain, fresh or frozen, blueberries or to make some treats yourself.
Recipes for Blueberry Dog Treats You Can Make at Home
Now that you know all the benefits of blueberries for dogs, it’s time to get cooking! Check out these blog posts on how to make homemade dog treats with blueberry as an ingredient.
Frozen Blueberry Dog Treats are a simple treat made with plain Greek yogurt and blueberries.
Frozen Fruit Dog Treats are an easy treat to make with water (or watered-down chicken broth) and any fruit you want.
Crunchy Dog Treats with Blueberry, Oats, and Peanut Butter are a baked biscuit type dog treat.
Store-Bought Blueberry Treats
If you don’t want to make homemade dog treats, or you want something that can be stored longer, there are a few store-bought options.
Nutro Mini Bites Dog Treats have a blueberry and yogurt flavored dog treat that is made with all-natural ingredients and would work great as a training treat or any time treat.
Charlee Bear Natural Bear Crunch Grain-Free Bacon & Blueberry Dog Treats are another all-natural dog treat that would be good to give to your dog.
WholeHearted Grain Free Blueberry/Yogurt Dog Treats are made with whole blueberries and have no artificial flavors or colors.
As you can see, blueberries can be an excellent healthy snack for your dog. Blueberries are full of vitamins and minerals that provide a big health boost to the canine, but it’s important not to overdo them as they may cause gastrointestinal upset or diarrhea if too many blueberries find their way into your dog’s stomach!
We hope this article on the benefits of blueberries for dogs has been helpful in deciding whether or not it’s time to try out some new treats.