Can Dogs Eat Blackberries? When it is or isn’t an Emergency

Yes, dogs can eat blackberries as long as it’s in moderation. Ripe blackberries, when served plain, make a nutritious treat for dogs. They are rich in fiber and nutrients like vitamin C as well as being low in calories and natural sugar.

How many blackberries can a dog eat?

This would depend on factors like the dog’s size. For example, we wouldn’t give more than one or two blackberries to a medium-sized dogs. Larger dogs may be able to enjoy a few more! While blackberries aren’t considered toxic to dogs, they do contain small traces of natural xylitol, which can have a toxic effect on dogs if a dog was to ingest a large dose. The important word here is moderation. Like any other fruits and human foods, blackberries should only be considered a treat that is given in moderation.

What happens if a dog eats blackberries?

Dogs that eat too many blackberries may suffer from symptoms like diarrhea and an upset stomach. This is more likely to happen with dogs that have a sensitive stomach or other health disorders. Is this the first time your dog is eating blackberries? Keep the amount small so you can monitor how well your dog’s stomach handles the blackberries. This rule of thumb applies to other types of berries including mulberries and raspberries.

You can find out more about what fruits are safe for dogs to eat by visiting our human foods for dog database.

Disclaimer: The content is not intended to be a substitute for professional veterinarian advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of a veterinarian when in doubt.


  • Breanna | 04/03/2023

    I have a dog that loves to dig through a wild blackberry bush. Is there any additional concern to dogs eating wild blackberries?

  • Ben | 04/03/2023

    I was going foraging with my dog and we came across a few blackberry bushes. My dog without hestiation headed over and started picking out the blackberries. This was the first time he was having them. He seems a bit more tired than usual. Is there any reason to worry?

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