Can Dogs Eat Blueberries?
Blueberries are delicious, and packed with antioxidants (for humans). However, we’re often asked the question of whether or not canines enjoy their tasty, nutritional benefits as well.
In all honesty, when it comes to blueberries, the nutritional value is best actually provided by a nutritonal dog food. However, if you have extra blueberries that need to be eaten, or if you are simply hiking in the forest and see blueberries to pick, then let’s investigate further as to whether or not dogs should, or could consume these tasty treats.
Can Dogs Eat Blueberries? Answer: Yes
Dogs are capable of eating most berries, and blueberries are no exception. There’s no harm in eating them, and they can consume quite a few, in moderation.
In saying that, blueberries also offer the same antioxidant value for dogs, as they do in humans.
How many blueberries is too many?
If your dog has already consumed the blueberries, then the sheer amount is what will either lead to diarrhea or not. However, dogs, especially BIG dogs, can handle quite a few before this is a serious concern.
The bigger concern is whether or not your dog is eating them regularly. Although they do relieve stress, as most berries do, you should not feed your dog blueberries in place of actual stress relievers, or in place of their normal daily food intake.
Favorite Blueberry Treats
Our favorite blueberry dog treat that dogs go wild for are the Fruitables Crunchy Dog Treats (Pumpkin & Blueberry Flavor). However, they tend to go quick and come in a small quantity which is best for young or small dogs.
If you have a larger dog, then consider getting Lucy’s Organic Baked blueberry dog treats. Your dog will thank you! These are both kosher and USDA certified organic.
Blueberries in the wild
Most times you can determine if a dog is happy eating something if they tend to eat them naturally. Blueberries, along with most berries, are not usually taken in by dogs naturally. Some may see this as a sign to avoid them, despite them not necessarily being harmful.
Conclusion on Blueberries
Blueberries are best not to be consumed in place of dog food, or in high quantities. However, if they are, don’t worry as dogs will digest them properly and may, at worse, experience an upset stomach or diarrhea. It’s best to go with the blueberry flavored dog treats we listed above.