It’s common for dogs to want to eat practically everything in sight—kibble, treats, your dinner, you name it. But there are some things they should stay away from, too. Most people know about the dangers of a dog eating a pound of chocolate, but what about other common foods, like blueberries?
Can Dogs Eat Blueberries?
Yes, absolutely, 100%!
Unlike other fruits that are toxic to dogs (stay away from grapes and cherries), blueberries are not just okay for dogs to eat, they’re actually healthy! If you’re lucky enough to have a pooch who goes bananas for fruits and vegetables, enjoy tossing a few blueberries every now and then.
Blueberry Health Benefits
Blueberries are a low-calorie treat filled with vitamins and nutrients. They’re packed with vitamins C and K, as well as fiber, which are all seriously beneficial to a dog’s health. They also boast high levels of antioxidants. Studies show that blueberries fight free radicals in the air, and that antioxidants help reduce the consequences of cell damage and brain aging in dogs1.
You can use blueberries as training treats, pop a few into their kibble, or mash them up and mix with their regular meal.
Just Don’t Overdo It
Before you let your dog inhale an entire container of blueberries, remember that moderation is always key. A dog’s diet shouldn’t be primarily made up of treats (only about 10%), even if they’re natural and healthy like blueberries.
They may also give your dog digestive issues when consumed in excess, especially if blueberries are a new food for them.
Anything Else I Should Know About Blueberries?
Depending on where you live, blueberries can be a little pricey. Go ahead and freeze some when you’re able to grab a carton in season. They freeze and thaw easily, which means you can stock up when they’re on sale. (Frozen blueberries are a nice treat in summer!)
Alternate blueberries with other dog-safe foods like strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, and cranberries. Do your research before you pass your pup something from your fruit salad, of course, but it’s nice for dogs to experience something new every once in a while.
1Cotman, C., Head, E., Muggenburg, B., Zicker, S., & Milgram, N. (2002). Brain aging in the canine: A Diet enriched in antioxidants reduces cognitive dysfunction. Neurobiology of Aging, 23(5), 809–818. https://doi.org/10.1016/s0197-4580(02)00073-8