Despite their penchant for ruining your favorite shirt and dying your tongue purple, blueberries are some of the sweetest little fruits out there. It’s hard not to like something that’s so naturally delicious in a bite-size package. When you have a dog you love, it’s difficult not to share your favorite things with them. If blueberries happen to be one of your favorite things, you’ll be pleased to know that you can safely share them with your pup.
Are Blueberries Safe for Dogs?
Yes, blueberries are quite safe for dogs to eat! Blueberries contain a wealth of potent antioxidants that play an important part in reducing the risks of deadly diseases in dogs, like cancer. They also help prevent heart disease in both humans and animals. High quality dog foods are even recognizing the importance of natural antioxidants in their recipes, so they’re opting to use powerful fillers like blueberries instead of corn!
The biggest challenge is whether or not your dog will actually like blueberries. Like humans, many dogs gravitate towards foods that aren’t that good for them, and who can blame them? But in terms of a dog’s natural diet, they aren’t made to desire or be satisfied by things that are sweet.
If you drop a blueberry on the floor or try to give them one, don’t be surprised if they give it a hesitant taste and then walk away from it in disgust. Despite the berry’s sweetness, they do have a slightly bitter taste that’s unpleasant to a lot of dogs.
Don’t Overfeed Blueberries to Your Dog!
Berries are naturally high in fiber. That’s a good thing when a dog is eating blueberries in moderation. Too many blueberries, though, and it’s a different ballgame. If you give your dog a large amount or they somehow get into your blueberry stash, all of that fiber is going to kickstart their digestive system, and it isn’t going to be pretty.
Dogs intestines tend to quickly shuttle out the excess as loose stools or diarrhea when overloaded. If you want to avoid those late night bathroom trips, limit their blueberry intake to a few berries a day.
Safely Feeding Blueberries to Your Dog
If you’re feeding your dog any kind of food, it’s best to keep it as close to its natural state as possible. Raw is the most ideal form in regards to berries. Frozen blueberries can cause tummy troubles, so many vets recommend against frozen berries.
Any kind of packaged or artificially sweetened blueberries should be avoided at all costs. Large amounts of sugar can cause digestive upset, weight gain, and even diabetes in dogs. The dogs may appreciate the extra flavor in sweetened blueberries, but their bodies will rebel eventually.
Your canine’s main diet should be rooted firmly in a high-quality dog food. Anything else you give them should be a small addition to their daily nutrition. If you want to share blueberries with your dog, simply give them as a small amount every once in a while. Even if fruit is good for you, remember that your dog’s nutritional needs aren’t the same as yours!
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