Can Dogs Have Blueberries?
Well, when it comes to blueberries, rest assured! Your dog can absolutely have blueberries.
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Okay, so dogs can have blueberries, but are blueberries good for dogs?
Yes. In fact they are LOADED with anti-oxidants and other vitamins and minerals essential to a happy pup!
Blueberries are under the genus Vaccinium and are native to North America. Other fruits under the same genus are cranberry (also good for dogs!, huckleberry, bilberry, and cowberry.
So, what other vitamins and minerals come standard in these bursting berries?
The blueberries you'll find strolling through your neighborhood Whole Foods and wild blueberries alike are known for the polyphenol potency. Don't know what polyphenol is? No worries, team Fido has you covered!
Polyphenols are phytochemicals (biologically active compounds found in plants) that have some of the highest antioxidant potential among produce and different herbs and spices. Within the antioxidants are something called pro-anthocyanadins, a compound purported to help support a healthy urinary tract.
While blueberries are consumed most often in their cooked, juiced, or processed forms, eating them right off the vine (or produce basket) is the best way to absorb all of the tasty nutrients. If you've bought more than Fido can handle, throw them in the freezer! Colder temps will not affect the nutritional value of the fruit.
Some nutrients you may be more aware of that these fruits are packed with? Vitamin C and vitamin K!
How Many Blueberries Should My Dog Eat?
With dogs and cats, it's important to remember that digestion and metabolism vary from Chihuahua to Chow Chow. That is why Fidobiotics recommends giving your little guy 1-4 berries. If he is still as happy as a clam an hour after feeding, then fear not! He can have an abundance, although we suggest feeding him 5 or less at a time.
Why Can Dogs Eat Blueberries?
Your dog is a chomping, panting, goofball. While many see large canine teeth and interpret this must mean that Fido inhales only meat, this couldn't be further from the truth. Canines are, in fact, omnivorous, one of the reasons why dogs should not eat cat food.
In the wild, your dog would seek out plant-based foods for around 1/3 of his diet. If he were to find a blueberry bush, he would be one lucky duck (and a strange looking duck at that)!