As dogs are man’s best friends, we love to share food together as a bonding moment. This leaves us with questions of what is safe or not safe for our best friend. This includes blueberries. Can dogs eat blueberries?
According to a 2020 the APPA National Pet Owners Survey, about sixty-three million households in America are pet owners. With a large increase of pet owners, it is important to inform owners all around what is great or not so great for their beloved pooch. Owners alike would like to keep their dogs in the best health possible to be with us.
Benefits and Drawbacks of Giving Your Dog Blueberries
In short, yes. Dogs can eat blueberries. Unlike grapes, cherries, and asparagus, blueberries are very dog-friendly. Blueberries are a great tasting, low-calorie snack option for dogs and humans alike! Blueberries also contain antioxidants, vitamins C and K, and even fiber. Incorporating them into your dog’s diet has many proven benefits to keep them happy and healthy.
Having some form of variations in your dog’s diet gives them enrichment. When dogs have enrichment in their lives, dogs are able to be less stressed and mentally stimulated. When they are mentally stimulated, dogs are less likely to become anxious, prevent boredom, and be well-behaved.
Although blueberries can be great for a dog’s diet, there are important precautions to take as an owner. For example, too many blueberries can give your dog an upset stomach, or be a choking hazard due to their small size. So it is important to cut them in half when serving your dogs. Blueberries also contain a lot of sugar, which can lead to cavities. Cavities can be rare for dogs but can happen with large consumption of sugar. This is why it is important to feed in moderation. One way to find the appropriate amount for your dog is to consult your dog’s veterinarian.
Talking To The Vet About Blueberries for Dogs
The appropriate amount of blueberries to feed your dog vary for many different reasons why. Factors can include size, breed, and age. It is important to ask your veterinarian for an adequate amount of blueberries to feed your dog. They can help owners plan a healthy, balanced diet for our dogs. A good rule of thumb for owners, a dog’s diet should not consist of more than ten percent of dog treats, which includes blueberries.
Incorporating Blueberries In Dog’s Diet
There are many ways to incorporate blueberries into a dog’s diet and still be balanced. Blueberries can be used for a dog’s enrichment, such as freezing blueberries to add a new texture to the dog’s diet. Frozen fruits can also help dogs cool off in summer heat. They can also be sprinkled in dog food for new variations in the dog’s diet.
Another option can be making your own dog treats. There’s nothing that says “I love you” to your loved one as homemade goods.
As stated before, enrichments are very beneficial for your dog’s mental health and quality of life. Some dog brands offer dog food that has blueberries incorporated in it. Typically, though, it does not contain a large amount in the food to keep a healthy and balanced diet.
Recipe For Blueberry Treats For Dogs
Making stuff at home can seem daunting at first, but the fruits of your labor are what make it taste so amazing. Your dog will surely appreciate it. Luckily though, we have found a simple recipe that should take no longer than thirty minutes to prepare and only has four ingredients.
2 tablespoons of coconut oil
1 ¼ cup and 2 tablespoons of whole wheat flour
½ cup of blueberries halved
Preheat the oven to 350 Fahrenheit
Melt coconut oil in a microwave-safe bowl
Add 1 ¼ cup of whole wheat flour
Mix until combined
Add one egg at a time
Fold blueberries in dough
Form dough into balls with hands
On a floured surface, roll out the dough
Sprinkle more with flour if the dough sticks to a rolling pin
Cut the dough into shapes of your choosing with or without a cookie cutter
Place treats on greased baking sheet
Bake for fifteen minutes
Let treats cool before serving to your dog
The treats can be saved in an airtight container for up to five days or the freezer for a longer amount of time.
Concluding with Dogs and Blueberries
In short, yes. Dogs can eat blueberries but it has to be in moderation. It is important to consult your veterinarian on how to implement blueberries in your dog’s diet. Overall blueberries have a lot of health benefits for both humans and dogs alike. Blueberries are low in calories, but high in vitamin c and k, and antioxidants.
There are many ways to serve your dogs blueberries. Having some form of variation in your dog’s diet is a form of enrichment. With enrichments, it helps improve the quality of life for your dog.
Written by: Amy Phan