Can dogs eat blackberries? Are they safe for our furry friends, or are they just as bad as grapes? Do they offer any health benefits? To find out answers to these questions and much more, please continue reading.
Quick answer: Yes, they are safe for our canines to eat; unlike grapes they are not toxic in any way.
Are Blackberries Good For the Dog?
They are good as an occasional treat; one or two berries every now and then are not harmful in any way. However, if he eats a whole bowl of blackberries, he will not be fine. In that case, most dogs will experience symptoms like vomiting and/or diarrhea. Another very important thing, it is not the same if a small dog or puppy ate an excessive amount of berries and if a larger dog ate them. The bigger dog may not have such a hardship digesting the fruit, but the smaller one will for sure. So the key is to feed dogs berries in moderation.
Why Are Blackberries Good for Our Canines?
Now that we got that dogs can eat blackberries, if we moderate the amount that they eat, we want to know why they are good for the dogs. We have listed a few reasons below!
- Antioxidants: They are slowing the aging process and are protecting the body from damage done by free radicals.
- Vitamins: Blackberries contain an abundance of very important vitamins that help the dog’s body to function normally. These vitamins include vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin K and vitamin E.
- Fiber: Helps the dog’s body to digest food.
- Omega-3 fatty acids: Helps with skin improvement and coat health.
- High in minerals.
How Do I Serve Blackberries to My Dog?
You should serve them fresh and raw. Also, remember to wash them properly, and use them only as an occasional treat for good behavior. They can’t be used as a meal replacement or as a proper meal. All fruits should be used only as an addition to a dog’s diet!
Frequently Asked Questions:
Let’s go over some of the most FAQ. It’s important to take everything into consideration, not only to educate ourselves but other dog owners also.
What is the Nutritional Value* of Blackberries?
Keep in mind we are talking about blackberries as a natural fruit. None of those dried berries sprinkled with sugar.
· 61.9 Calories.
· 2.0 grams of Protein.
· .14.7 grams of Carbohydrate.
· 7.6 grams of Dietary Fiber.
· 7.0 grams of Sugar.
· 308 IU of Vitamin A.
· 30.2 mg. of Vitamin C.
· 1.7 mg. of Vitamin E.
· 28.5 mcg. Of Vitamin K.
· 0.9 mg. of Niacin.
· 36.0 mcg. Of Folate.
· 12.2 mg. of Choline.
· 41.8 MG. OF Calcium.
· 0.9 mg. of Iron.
· 28.8 mg. of Magnesium.
· 31.7 mg. of Phosphorus
· 233 mg. of Potassium.
· 1.4 mg. of Sodium.
· 0.8 mg. of Zinc.
· 0.9 mg. of Manganese.
· 135 mg. of Omega-3 Fatty Acids.
· 268 mg. of Omega-6 Fatty Acids.
· 127 grams of Water.
*per 144 grams (1cup).
What Dosage is Healthy?
It depends on the size of the dog. Smaller dog or a puppy should not be given more than 2 or 3 berries, a couple of times a week. A larger dog could eat between 5 and 7. But if your dog has sensitive tummy do not include blackberries or any other fruit to his diet before consulting the vet!
What are the Symptoms** of an Allergic Reaction?
It is very unlikely that your dog has a blackberry allergy. However, not impossible. Look for itching, skin inflammation, and excessive licking.
**These are the most common examples, please contact your local vet if you have noticed anything unusual, even if we didn’t list it above.
Conclusion: Can Dogs Eat Blackberries?
Of course, they can. Just don’t give him too much and too often. Feed him blackberries in moderation and your doggie will be more than fine. Since they are not toxic for the dogs the worst that could happen from overeating is vomiting and diarrhea. Blackberries could potentially be quiet beneficial for our canines since they are high in fiber, full of vitamins and minerals and contain lots of antioxidants.
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