Blueberries are not only tasty, they also consist of a wide range of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. But can dogs eat blueberries? Are they safe for our furry- buddies or poisonous like a grape? Keep reading to find out all the pros and cons of feeding your canine this fruit.
Quick answer: Yes, blueberries are one of the best treats you could give your canine.
Are Blueberries Safe for Dogs?
Yes, blueberries are considered a superfood due to its high amount of vitamins, fiber, and antioxidants. Another thing that is great, they are really easy to chew, you don’t need to cut them like other fruits. Even a small dog can chew a blueberry. The best way to feed your canine blueberries is to give them fresh and raw because cooking or baking kills all that healthy stuff that we’ve already mentioned.
What Benefits Do Dogs Get from Eating Blueberries?
- Blueberries or should we say antioxidants in them kill cancer cells and fight free radical damage.
- They lower cholesterol level and lower blood pressure.
- Also, help dogs to lose weight.
- And they are great for strong doggie bones due to vitamin K.
- Help to maintain brain health(great for older dogs)
How to Feed Your Dog Blueberries?
First off, start by cleaning any stems and leaves, dogs should only eat the flesh of the fruit. After you’ve done that wash them throughout, to remove all pesticide that they may have. If you’re feeding him blueberries for the first time, give him one or two and observe if he reacts well to them. If you notice any changes in his behavior or change in stool habits after eating blueberries contact your local vet because he’s probably having an allergic reaction. Never feed your dog blueberry muffins, pies or pancakes, their bodies can’t handle that amount of sugar.
When Are Blueberries Bad for a Dog?
They are great as an occasional treat but if you give your dog as much as he wants, he will get sick. They are not toxic or poisonous, but too many blueberries could make his stomach upset. So feed him blueberries in moderation. If you have frozen blueberries in your refrigerator, make sure that they are unfrozen before you give them to your dog, because frozen blueberries pose a choking hazard, especially to smaller dogs. Puppies should not be given this fruit, because they have extra sensitive stomachs.
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 the Blueberries?
This is the nutritional value of fresh, raw blueberries:
· 84.4 Calories.
· 0.5 grams of Fat.
· 3.6 grams of Dietary Fiber.
· 85.8 mg. of Omega-3 Fatty Acids.
· 130mg. of Omega-6 Fatty Acids.
· 14.7 grams of Sugar.
· 1.1 grams of Protein.
· 79.9 IU of Vitamin A.
· 14.4 mg. of Vitamin C.
· 0.8 mg. of Vitamin E.
· 28.6 mg. of Vitamin K.
· 0.1 mg. of Thiamin.
· 0.1 mg. of Riboflavin.
· 8.9 mcg. of Folate.
· 0.6 mg. of Niacin.
· 0.2 mg. .of Pantothenic Acid.
· 8.9 mg. of Choline.
· 0.3 mg. of Betaine
· 8.9 mg. of Calcium.
· 0.4 mg. of Iron.
· 8.9 mg. of Magnesium.
· 17.8 mg. of Phosphorus.
· 114 mg. of Potassium.
· 1.5 mg of Sodium.
· 0.2 mg. of Zinc.
· 0.1 mg. of Copper.
· 0.5 mg. of Manganese.
· 125 grams of Water.
*per 148 grams(one cup)
What Dosage is Healthy?
First, you need to test if your dog reacts to them well or not. Offer him one or two. If he has symptoms like vomiting, diarrhea, constipation, or any unusual behavior, call the vet, because there is a possibility that he’s allergic to them. If your dog reacts well to them, he can have 7 or 8 blueberries as a treat once a week.
What are the Symptoms** of an Allergic Reaction?
Dogs are not usually allergic to blueberries, however, it could happen. If you notice any of these symptoms after feeding your dog blueberries contact vet immediately:
· Itching skin.
· Skin inflammation.
· Skin infection.
· Ear infection.
**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 I Give My Dog Blueberries?
Yes, as long as they are washed properly and not served like in the photo above, they are absolutely safe for your dog. Not only that but antioxidants in them help dogs who are fighting cancer, they are preventing aging, preventing obesity, lower cholesterol levels, help in regulating blood sugar levels. They are just an amazing treat for our furry-friends if given in moderation.
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