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Can Dogs Eat Blueberries? What You Need To Know

Angie Verike LittleThings writer by Angie Verike
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One of the healthiest, nicest, and most fiber-full breakfasts you can eat is porridge with honey and blueberries — or whole-wheat pancakes topped with blueberries. Anything with blueberries will do really, because they are a well-recognized superfood that does incredible things for our bodies.

Since blueberries are so healthy for humans, can dogs have them too?

Absolutely! We understand how confusing it can get with some fruits, berries, and veggies being really poisonous to pups, and others being beneficial. It’s important make sure you don’t treat your pup to a snack chosen from the wrong list.

But blueberries are not only a superfood for humans, but pooches too. So next time you are enjoying these nutritious fruits, make sure you give your doggy one or two as well!

Can Dogs Have Blueberries?

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Yes, they absolutely can. But in moderation, of course!

Blueberries are full of fiber, vitamins, and antioxidants that strengthen your dog’s immune system. They prevent damage from free radicals and help fight conditions like cancer and heart disease, according to the Smart Canine. These berries can be very beneficial to your dog, but only in smaller quantities.

What Happens If My Dog Eats Too Many?

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Too many blueberries can cause an allergic reaction that leads to an stomach upset, diarrhea, and vomiting. Not much fun for your dog or you… so be careful, especially when introducing this new, exciting ingredient into their diet.

If the allergy symptoms persist, make sure to contact your vet, and avoid giving any more blueberries to your dog! If your dog doesn’t like them, they may prefer fresh strawberries instead.

Health Benefits Of Blueberries For Dogs

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It has been scientifically proven that, when eaten in moderation, blueberries improve the health of animals. But blueberries are packed with antioxidants, fiber, and vitamins, and are low in calories. This makes them a perfect treat for your dog!

Veterinarian Dr. Al Townshend explained to PetsWell Pantry that blueberries are also an excellent way to keep your doggy’s heart in good shape!

“Keep your pup’s heart healthy by feeding them blueberries,” Dr. Townshend said. “Studies have found dogs who eat blueberries have controlled blood sugar levels and may experience improved cardiovascular health.”

Blueberries can also be found in a large variety of pet products, such as facial washes, shampoos, dry shampoos, toys, and even dog teas!

If blueberries weren’t good for doggies, they wouldn’t be used in so many products, right?

How Many Should Dogs Eat?

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Introduce blueberries to your puppy’s diet by giving them only one or two at first. See how your puppy’s digestive tract reacts. If there isn’t any upset stomach or diarrhea, you can give a few more blueberries next time — no more than a small handful!

The exact number of blueberries you can give to your dog depends on their size. A more accurate measurement can be determined by your veterinarian.

Can I Give My Dog Blueberries Daily?

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It isn’t recommended to make blueberries a daily treat. Dogs don’t need vitamin supplements the way humans do, and too much can cause more harm than good.

Keep them as a nice treat, only for those special occasions. Soon your pup will remember many more of those commands you tried to teach him!

When Are Blueberries Bad For Dogs?

Different blueberry foods
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As tasty as blueberry muffins are, they should never be given to dogs! Same goes for yogurts, cookies, and other blueberry-flavored snacks.

Most of these foods contain very high amounts of refined sugars and artificial flavorings, which are no good to dogs at all. Your pooch’s stomach simply isn’t equipped to deal with so much unnatural food.

Freshly washed raw blueberries are the best way to treat your pup once in a while. Or, if you want to make things a little more exciting, try our recipe for berry “pawpsicles” — a tasty and refreshing way to cool off on hot summer days.

If you find this article informative and helpful, then make sure to SHARE it with your friends. Blueberries are nature’s gift to us and our four-legged friends, and we want to do our best in making everyone aware that dogs can eat fresh blueberries, but only if they are eaten in moderation.