When it comes to fruits and vegetables, it can be difficult for us dog owners to remember what they can share with their doggy best friends and which ones could prove fatal. So, where do blueberries come into this? Can dogs eat blueberries? Yes, yes they can!
Are Blueberries Good for Dogs?
Blueberries contain large amounts of vitamin C, fibre, and phytochemicals (naturally occurring chemical compounds found in plants) while being low in calories. Vitamin C and fibre are vital components of correct dog nutrition. Phytochemicals are linked to several aspects of health, including but not limited to the ability to fight cancer in humans.
Blueberries are also loaded with antioxidants and have been shown to improve the health of animals, and humans alike.
Antioxidants, (found in blueberries), help to fight free radicals, which are responsible for cellular and molecular damage in dogs as well as humans. And if that wasn’t enough to get you excited, studies have shown that adding antioxidants to a dog’s diet reduces the effects of brain ageing.
How To Feed Your Dog Blueberries
Your dog can have both fresh and frozen blueberries. As with all treats, you should only feed your blueberries in moderation. Blueberries are small, meaning you don’t need to slice them before giving them to your dog. However, there are potential risks, such as choking, especially with smaller dogs, so please bear this in mind.
Remember to make sure that the blueberries are thoroughly washed to remove any pesticides or dirt before them to giving them to your dog, just like you would with any other fruits or vegetables.
Always consult your vet or a pet food nutritionist if you have questions or concerns about feeding blueberries (or anything else) to your dog, and monitor your dog closely after giving blueberries as a treat for the first time.