Yes, blueberries are a great low-calorie treat for dogs. They also contain antioxidants, fiber and vitamins C and K. These nutrients support the immune system and contribute to overall health. Adding blueberries to your dog’s diet is a great way to help keep him happy and healthy.
Are Blueberries Good for Dogs?
Blueberries are safe fruits for dogs to eat, and they also provide many nutritional benefits. Blueberries are known for their disease-fighting properties, called phytochemicals, that battle things like cancer and heart disease. They also provide antioxidants and vitamin C.
Blueberries are also low in calories and high in fiber. They help prevent cell damage, can improve night vision, and can even help promote mental function in senior pets. Here’s a list of the vitamins and minerals in blueberries:
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin A
- Vitamin K
How many blueberries can a dog eat?
“How many blueberries a dog can safely eat at one time depends on many factors, such as their size and their gastrointestinal tolerance,” Whittenburg says. A few blueberries may cause gastrointestinal upset in one dog, while another dog may be able to eat many without any problems.
“Blueberries should not make up the main portion of any dog’s diet but may be used sparingly as an addition or treat,” she adds.
Unfortunately, it may take a little trial and error to find the right number for your pup.
How to feed blueberries to dogs
Dr. Klein says you should feed berries to a dog like you would any other snack, offering them in moderation and keeping portions small. “[Treats] should make up no more than 10% of their total calories for the day,” he adds.
Our experts say to only feed dogs fresh or frozen blueberries. As with all fruits and vegetables, blueberries should be thoroughly washed to remove pesticides or other chemicals before they are fed to a dog.
If your dog is a smaller breed or has dental problems, cut the blueberries in half or quarters, says Dr. Hunter. Another option is to make or buy soft dog snacks with berries.
He advises that dog owners should always read through the entire ingredient list and buy snacks made with whole foods and without a lot of additives and preservatives.
Be sure to follow the serving size listed on the package as eating too much of anything can cause stomach upset (and dogs are notoriously bad at self-regulating with snacks!).