When you’re munching on a tasty snack such as blueberries, you may wonder if your beloved dog is able to indulge in the sweetness with you. And as dogs can’t have a variety of foods, you’re probably nervous to hand him over a human treat. So when this problem arises, you will probably be asking yourself: are blueberries safe for dogs?
Simple Answer: Yes, in Moderation
The simple answer to the question whether or not blueberries are safe for dogs is this: yes, but in moderation. If a dog has too many blueberries he may end up with a tummy problem and may even come down with diarrhea. And if this is the first time you’re offering your pup a blueberry, make sure you watch for any bad reactions right off the bat- an allergy or complications are always possible, right? Better safe than sorry.
How Many Blueberries Should Be Offered?
Larger and middle sized dogs should probably not be given any more than 10 blueberries maximum a day, and about five for smaller sized dogs. However, keep in mind that blueberries should not be given to your pet every single day. Make blueberries a treat that’s only given every once in awhile
Is There Health Benefits for Dogs Eating Blueberries?
To be frank, not enough research has been done to clearly say whether blueberries are actually beneficial to a dog. However, one study DID suggest that dogs who were given blueberries every once in awhile had increased levels of antioxidants which are important in preventing cancer and heart disease.
How Should You Feed Your Dog Blueberries?
The very best way to feed your dog blueberries is to offer it fresh and raw- just make sure you wash them thoroughly before serving. Do not give your pet any blueberries that are old and have mold on them. Some pet owners give their dog frozen blueberries as an ice cold treat to crunch on during the hot days. Also, you should refrain from giving your pet human foods with blueberries mixed in such as muffins or pancakes; not because the blueberries are bad, but because these treats have too much sugar for a dog to handle. If you want to whip up a special treat just for your dog, this is an awesome recipe from MissDivinity.:
- 1 cup of coconut flour
- 1/2 cup of smooth peanut butter
- 1/2 cup of mashed blueberries
- 1/2 cup of mashed bananas
- 4 eggs
Note: One person commented that two eggs worked better for her than four. Try it both ways, just remember to share the cookies with your pet!
- 1/3 cup of warm water
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
- In a large bowl, combine the coconut flour, peanut butter, crushed blueberries, mashed banana, eggs and water. Mix thoroughly, add more water if it is too dry.
- Roll out your cookie dough and use a cookie cutter to cut out shapes, or place on a cookie sheet covered in parchment paper in your size and shape of preference.
- Bake in the oven for 22 minutes.
So can your dog eat blueberries? Yes, in moderation. Offer fresh, washed blueberries, frozen blueberries, or whip up your very own blueberry dog treat!