Can dogs eat blueberries?
Have you ever been sitting down enjoying a bowl of blueberries and ice cream while your dog is sitting next to you with that “Can’t I have a bite too?” look. You wonder if that delicious treat would be safe for your best friend. Yes, give him a handful, but don’t add the ice cream. Blueberries are not only yummy for both of you but are also a healthy treat for your pet. Blueberries contain a number of vitamins and antioxidants. Can dogs eat blueberries? Yes they can.
How are blueberries good for dogs?
Healthy dogs need a variety of nutrients to maintain their strong immune system. Blueberries could be an answer to both nutrition and the requisite sweet treat. In addition to being a low-calorie snack they contain immune boosting vitamins C, E, and K along with antioxidants, phytochemicals, manganese and fiber. You don’t have to worry about an overweight animal, plus if your pet is diabetic he can have that luscious purple fruit. One cup of blueberries is only ~80 calories so you can enjoy a bowl along with your dog. The antioxidants in the berry have been touted to help improve cognitive function in aging dogs and they might help you too. So give Rover berries in his dish, then both of you head out for an invigorating walk.
How do you feed your dog blueberries?
Instead of the not good for dogs, chocolate chip cookie, surprise him with a blueberry dog treat. On a hot day you could mix the blueberries in with a banana and make a smoothie. If your dog likes peanut butter, mix a few frozen berries into the peanut butter. When they have softened a bit, scoop them out in his dish. You can always enhance their regular dog food with the addition of some whole or smashed berries.
Recipes for Dog Treats containing blueberries
It seems that all human children and adults love berry popsicles so why not your dog? Quarter some strawberries and if your blueberries are large halve them. Then take a cup (8 oz, 120 grams) of plain yogurt and mix them together. Spoon the mixture into an ice cube tray or other freezer container and place it in the freezer for a few hours. When hard enough just push out a few cubes or spoon out the appropriate amount. If you are not sharing his treat you can put the rest in the freezer for a later occasion. If you have additional dog treat recipe ideas feel free to share them.
What do Vets and nutritionists have to say about dogs and blueberries?
Make sure your veterinarian knows of any medical conditions your dog might have. Depending on the dog’s weight and age the doctor might have recommendations on amounts. Some dogs have allergies to different or new food items so it would be best to treat him with a few berries before making an elaborate dish and finding out they make him ill. Berries will always be a healthy alternative to a sweet treat and remember he is getting vitamins and antioxidants along with his 80ish calorie snack. After a few days you might find that your dog is trying to figure a way to get into the fridge to take advantage of another healthy snack of berries.