Can Dogs Eat Blueberries? When it is or isn’t an Emergency
Dogs can eat fresh blueberries as long as it’s in moderation. Blueberries make a great low-calorie treat for dogs because they are rich in antioxidants and fiber.
How many blueberries can you give a dog?
This will depend on a number of factors such as the dog’s size and age. As a general rule of thumb, we wouldn’t give your dog more than a few blueberries per day. Your best bet is to follow the 10% rule. This is in reference to treats not comprising of more than 10% of a dog’s daily calorie intake. Blueberries might be packed with essential nutrients but it’s best for dogs to get them from their regular dog food.
Can Blueberries Cause Diarrhea in Dogs?
Yes, although it will probably take a large amount of blueberries for dogs to suffer from diarrhea. Blueberries might not be toxic to pets but they do contain a moderate amount of natural sugar. Some dogs don’t have the stomach to handle a lot of sugar at once. This may result in mild digestion problems like diarrhea.
Please note that what we have written here is in reference to fresh, ripe blueberries. The same doesn’t apply to cooked foods such as blueberry muffins, which are a lot more unsafe than just the fruits.
To check the safety of other human foods aside from blueberries, you can check our full list of human foods that are safe or unsafe for dogs to eat.
Can dogs eat dried blueberries?
Yes, dried blueberries are safe for dogs to eat as long as they don’t contain any additives that are toxic or harmful to dogs. Some dried blueberry products may contain additional sugar, which isn’t good for dogs when consumed in large amounts. You should only let your dog eat dried blueberries as an occasional treat. Make sure to only give a small piece each time.
When you buy store-bought dried blueberries for your dog, always get in the habit of checking the product label. You never know what additional ingredients these products may contain. Both dried and fresh blueberries are a rich source of antioxidants and nutrients but you may find the fresh blueberries to contain less calories.
Can dogs eat frozen blueberries?
Yes, dogs can enjoy a small amount of frozen blueberries. They might even prefer it more than fresh blueberries during a hot summer day. Just make sure it’s only given to dogs in moderation.
Blueberries are packed with many important nutrients but too much of a good thing may sometimes end up as a bad thing. Dogs that are allowed to eat too many frozen blueberries in one sitting may end up with a temporary stomach upset. Blueberries contain a decent amount of natural sugar. It might end putting a lot of stress on the dog’s digestive tract if they consume too much sugar at once.
For small dogs, we recommend giving frozen blueberries one at a time. It could end up being a choking hazard if the dog ends up swallowing a few frozen blueberries without giving them a proper chew. To reduce the risk, you might want to just thaw out the frozen blueberries first before they are fed to dogs.