Dogs are so curious that they will put almost everything in their mouths to check if it’s edible. It’s no surprise that owners often take their pets to the emergency vet clinic because the dog has ingested something he shouldn’t have, like chocolate or chewing gum.
So, when you discover that your dog has indulged himself of blueberries, you might panic. After all, you don’t know if dogs can eat blueberries. Well, keep on reading to find out.
Can dogs eat blueberries?
If your dog has eaten a few blueberries, you don’t have a reason to panic. Blueberries are among the non-toxic list of fruits your dogs can eat, just like apples and bananas. Usually, they don’t cause any stomach discomfort or other unpleasant symptoms.
In fact, they can be a healthy treat for any dog if given properly.
Are blueberries beneficial for dogs?
One of the good things about blueberries is that they are low in calorie. So, if your dog has to lose some weight, blueberries might be a better choice as a treat than high-calories ones.
In addition to this, blueberries are an excellent source of fiber and vitamin C. Fiber, as you know it, it important for proper digestion in humans and animals alike. And your dog might need an additional dose of vitamin C if Rover has been stressed or sick.
Moreover, blueberries contain antioxidants, which fight the free radicals that damage cells. Some animal studies have shown that blueberries have the potential to reduce cholesterol and improve cardio health.
Blueberries are also low in sugar, which makes them perfect for people with diabetes. However, if your dog has diabetes, I would consult with your vet if and how many blueberries you can feed Rover. Despite their low sugar/calorie count, they can still affect the blood sugar levels of your pet.
What are the risks of feeding blueberries to a dog?
Even though blueberries are non-toxic for dogs, I have to tell you about some possible risks if you include blueberries in your dog’s diet.
The first one is that these tasty fruits are so small that they can be a choking hazard for a dog. Some dogs eat so fast that they don’t have the time to chew everything properly. That’s why blueberries, especially frozen ones, might get stuck in the throat.
I would also recommend that you cut the blueberries if you give them to a small/teacup breed dog to avoid chocking incidents.
In addition to choking, you must remember that dogs have allergies, just like humans. So, it’s possible that your dog might be allergic to blueberries. Look for the following signs of dog allergy:
If you notice any symptoms, you must speak with your vet and stop feeding blueberries immediately. Your dog’s condition should improve if the culprit is blueberries.
Third, you can give your dog an upset stomach if you haven’t cleaned/washed the blueberries well to get rid of the mold.
How many blueberries should you feed your dog?
Just like all other treats, you should feed blueberries in moderation to your dog. Too many blueberries could result in an upset stomach and diarrhea. So, give 1-2 blueberries at a time or cut a few blueberries and mix them with the food.
A recipe for feeding blueberries to your dogs
I’ve found an amazing recipe for blueberry dog treats so that you can surprise your dog.
blueberry dog treats
- Almond flour
- Rice flour
- An egg
- Extra virgin olive oil
- ¼ cup of fresh blueberries
- Two bowls
- Baking sheet
- A cookie dough scoop
- Start by heating the oven to 350 F.
- Then crush the blueberries well.
- In one of the bowls, mix one cup of almond flour and half a cup of rice flour.
- Beat the egg.
- In the other bowl, put the beaten egg and the crushed blueberries.
- Add one tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil and mix the ingredients well.
- Then combine the two flours with the mixture of blueberries.
- Use the cookie dough scoop to make small balls and place them on the baking sheet.
- Bake for 15-20 minutes.
- Wait for the cookies to cool. Then you can let your dog try them.
Alternatives to blueberries
If your dog is allergic to blueberries or simply doesn’t like the taste, you can use other fruits as a healthy snack. I’m talking about apples, bananas, oranges, apricots, pears, and watermelons, to name a few. Avoid cherries and grapes because they are toxic to dogs and lead to kidney damage.
No matter what fruit you choose for your dog, you must remember that fruits have sugar in them, some more than others. And sugar is bad for your dog’s overall health and his teeth. So, always feed in moderation.
What do you think about this topic? Does your dog eat blueberries? How do you prepare them? Tell us in the comments.