Blueberries are starting to come into season in various parts of the United States. In our neck of the woods, we won’t be enjoying these succulent little jewels until August. We normally head to our favorite organic, u-pick blueberry spot! As you enjoy your berries this summer, you may be wondering, “Can I feed my dog blueberries?”
Yes, blueberries are safe for dogs to eat. However, like all fruits they do contain natural sugars, so they should be enjoyed by your dog in moderation. Even though you can feed your dog blueberries, treats shouldn’t make up more than 10% of your dogs diet. We like to purchase organically grown blueberries when possible. This helps us avoid feeding our dogs berries with pesticides.
As with any new food you offer your dog, start slowly and watch for any reactions or allergies. If you notice anything out of the ordinary, contact your veterinarian.
Blueberries are a healthy, nutrient dense food. They are high in antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. Blueberries are also a good source of fiber. Fiber is important to dogs diets, and helps maintain digestive health. Blueberries are also a good source of vitamin C. Many experts believe vitamin C helps support immune function. You may want to mash the berries a little, especially for smaller dogs to avoid any risk of choking.
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How can I incorporate Blueberries into my dogs diet?
- Blueberries can be used at a topper to your pets normal kibble, this works best if you puree the berries.
- Blueberries can be given as a training reward (in moderation)
Which blueberries should I avoid?
- You should avoid giving your dog blueberries that contain additional sugar, or sweeteners. It’s also best to avoid blueberries that are canned in a sweetened syrup.
Our dogs absolutely love blueberries, and we enjoy sharing our bounty with them. We hope this answers your question, ” Can I feed my dog blueberries”?
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