Updated - Oct 15th, 2022
Yes, dogs can eat blueberries so long as you exercise portion control. Low in calories and full of antioxidants, blueberries can serve as a great alternative to highly processed, fatty dog treats on the market. Read on to learn more about their benefits and ways to feed them to your dog.
Health benefits of feeding blueberries to dogs
Blueberries may be small, but they’re packed with dietary fiber, vitamins, and minerals to make them a healthy snack. In fact, this superfood carries the highest amount of antioxidants out of all fruits! Antioxidants fight free radicals responsible for cellular and molecular damage and slow aging.
The blueberry also contains vitamins A, C, and K which help boost your dog’s immune system, reduce inflammation, support the skin, coat, muscles, and nerves, and increase bone density. Calcium, phosphorus, potassium, and magnesium support bone growth and their body’s ability to use vitamins and minerals more efficiently.
Blueberries are also low-calorie, making them great dog treats for dogs with diabetes or dogs on weight management diets. With only 80 calories per cup, you can easily use blueberries as training treats.
Best ways to feed your dog blueberries
Hand-fed:Try offering your dog fresh blueberries! Just be sure to rinse them in water to remove pesticides and remove any moldy berries before offering them to your dog. Only offer one or two at a time to prevent a choking hazard.
Mashed: Try mashing up some blueberries and mix them in your dog’s food bowl for an antioxidant boost.
Pureed: Puree blueberries with yogurt or water, and other berries like strawberries, raspberries, or blackberries.This can be a nutritious standalone smoothie or a delicious ‘pupsicle’ by putting the mixture in ice cube trays and freezing them. This is a great hydrating snack on hot summer days.
Pet Pro Tip: If you have a dog that is prone to ‘snacksidents’ – you should consider getting a dog insurance plan as soon as possible. It can help you afford the best care in the future by covering eligible vet bills for digestive illnesses, toxic ingestion, and more.
How many blueberries can my dog eat?
As with any human fruit or veggie, portion control is important. Treats only make up 10% of a truly healthy diet and the rest should come from regular dog food. For small dogs, ten blueberries would be an appropriate amount. Large dog breeds can tolerate more, but keep the ratio of 10% in mind when offering them.
Can dogs be allergic to blueberries?
Some dogs can show intolerances or even allergies to new foods. Symptoms such as gastrointestinal upset like diarrhea, itchiness, ear inflammation, or hives can all point to intolerance or allergies. If these symptoms appear, stop offering your dog blueberries and talk to your vet.
Can my dog eat blueberry muffins?
Muffins prepared for human consumption are usually not a good option for your dog. They can have ingredients such as added sugars or preservatives that may cause an upset stomach.
For those same reasons, don’t give your dog commercially prepared blueberry yogurt, blueberry pie, pancakes, or anything with artificial blueberry flavoring. Always avoid foods that contain artificial sweeteners. Xylitol is an artificial sweetener added to many human foods that is very toxic to dogs.
In sum, occasionally giving your dog a few blueberries is perfectly safe. Just remember, don’t overdo it – and if your dog is showing signs of an adverse reaction contact your vet.