Can dogs eat blueberries?

The short answer is yes, dogs can eat blueberries.  Blueberries are full of antioxidants, vitamins, phytochemicals and fibre all of which are just as good for dogs as they are for us.

The short answer is yes, dogs can eat blueberries.  Blueberries are full of antioxidants, vitamins, phytochemicals and fibre all of which are just as good for dogs as they are for us.

Can dogs eat blueberries?

The short answer is yes, dogs can eat blueberries.  Blueberries are full of antioxidants, vitamins, phytochemicals and fibre all of which are just as good for dogs as they are for us.

Can dogs eat blueberries?

The short answer is yes, dogs can eat blueberries.  Blueberries are full of antioxidants, vitamins, phytochemicals and fibre all of which are just as good for dogs as they are for us.

Blueberry benefits…  

These little berries are extremely nutritious:

  • Blueberries contain antioxidants which help strengthen your dog’s immune system.  Antioxidants fight free radicals which can damage cells and tissues and by helping to prevent tissues damage, antioxidants also help reduce the risk of your dog getting cataracts, heart disease, cancer and other illnesses and disease
  • Blueberries are great for your dog’s brain and eye health
  • Fibre helps improve colon health, weight management and digestive health but too much fibre – too many blueberries – can result in stomach cramps and upset tummies so it’s best to feed blueberries in moderation
  • Blueberries, like cranberries, help promote urinary tract health

How to feed blueberries to your dog

Raw, dried and frozen blueberries make great bite size treats for your dog but they should be fed in moderation because large amounts can cause diarrhoea.  If your dog has never eaten a blueberry before, I recommend that you start by feeding your dog just 1 or 2 blueberries at a time to make sure she doesn’t suffer from stomach issues afterwards.  Once you’re happy that there’s no issues, 2 or 3 blueberries will make a great treat for your dog.

Every dog is different so it’s difficult to give a precise number as to how many blueberries you can feed your dog.  I often put blueberries in games e.g. [easyazon_link keywords=”dog treat balls” locale=”UK” tag=”thwowo09-21″]treat balls[/easyazon_link] or homemade games that I make for Tiffin and I think the most blueberries she’s eaten in one go is about 5 or 6; she was absolutely fine afterwards.

Frozen blueberries make a great crunchy treat for your dog and are soothing on the gums of teething puppies.  The freezing will not affect the nutritional value of the blueberry and your dog may prefer to eat them this way.  If you prefer to try dried blueberries (less chance of juice squirting on your carpet) make sure you choose a brand without any added sugar such as these [easyazon_link identifier=”B01DA8AZGW” locale=”UK” tag=”thwowo09-21″]freeze dried ones[/easyazon_link].  You can also add blueberries to your dog’s meals, blend them with yogurt to make doggie pupsicles or add them to biscuit mixes to make a healthy baked dog treat.  Below is a recipe for healthy blueberry dog treats.

Too many blueberries… 

If your dog accidentally eats a large number of blueberries, either raw or frozen, then she’ll most likely get stomach cramps and an upset tummy.  Make sure your dog has access to fresh water and to a garden or an area where you can clean up after her.

Your dog should be feeling much better after 24 hours but if her symptoms don’t improve or she gets additional symptoms, you should speak to your vet.

Healthy blueberry dog treat recipe

This recipe is quick and easy to make and I’m pretty certain your dog will gobble them up even if she’s not that keen on raw blueberries.

Ingredients:

Makes approximately fifteen 6.5 x 2 x 1.7cm bone shaped biscuits

  • 90 grams (3oz) blueberries
  • 120 grams (4 oz) whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 120 grams (4 oz) oats
  • 1 egg
  • Cold water
  • 2 tablespoons oil

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 180ºC.
  • Preparation time: 10 minutes.
  • Baking time: 20-25 minute
  1. Lightly grease a baking tray. Set aside.
  2. Place the flour, baking powder and oats in a large bowl and mix well
  3. Mix in the egg and oil.
  4. Mix blueberries and enough water to allow the dough to come together.  If the dough is too dry, add a tablespoon of water at a time until the dough forms.  Don’t add too much water as the mixture will become sticky
  5. Once the dough is ready, place on a well floured surface and form into a ball.
  6. Roll out the dough so it’s a 1/2 inch thick.
  7. Using a cookie cutter, cut out biscuits and place onto a baking tray
  8. Bake biscuits 20-25 minutes until nicely browned.  Remove from the oven and leave to cool, store in an airtight container for up to 1 week.  To keep them fresh for longer, store in the fridge.  They can also be frozen.

Tip: The blueberries will burst when the mixture is rolled out so try not to add too much water as the mixture will become very sticky.

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