Are Blueberries Safe For Dogs? And Everything Else You Could Possibly Want To Know About Dogs And Blueberries
July is National Blueberry Month and here at Pet Central we are celebrating with all things blueberry for you and your best friend.
Are Blueberries Safe For Dogs?
The answer is yes. Not only are blueberries safe, but they are also an excellent source of antioxidants, selenium, zinc and iron. High in vitamins C, E, A and B complex for your dog. Like any fruit or treat, blueberries should be fed in moderation; two or three blueberries make a good size treat.
The Benefits of Blueberries
This small, cute, blue fruit is a mighty vessel containing powerful antioxidants and vitamins that can benefit you and your dog.
“Blueberries do the same for dogs as they do for humans: great antioxidants, fun treats, provide fun snacks to share with the furry family,” says Dr. Cathy Alinovi, DVM.
Dr. Al Townshend, Wellness Staff Veterinarian, adds a few more reasons why you should add blueberries to your dog’s diet:
- Blueberries contain antioxidants, which may protect your pets cells against “free radicals.” This is a process your body goes through when breaking down food and can cause damage to your pet’s cells and DNA.
- Blueberries can be beneficial to older dogs as studies have shown they may help with cognitive functions.
- As blueberries are a good source of silicon, it is said they can help aid in the rejuvenation process to a dog’s pancreas.
- Keep your pup’s heart healthy by feeding them blueberries. Studies have found dogs who eat blueberries have controlled blood sugar levels and may experience improved cardiovascular health.
You may be surprised at the number of dog treats out there with blueberries already in them. Here are just a few of the dozens available, all made in the United States.
And, if you want to make your own, Dr. Alinovi recommends putting a dollop of yogurt on a piece of parchment paper and a blueberry or two in the center, then freezing for a cool summertime treat. Get more dog-friendly recipes here.
There are many other ways you can incorporate blueberries into your dog’s life. From whitening shampoo to squeaky toys, there is something for every dog!
It’s made with blueberries and oatmeal that soothe and balance the skin on your dog’s face while helping to get rid of tear stains.
This non-rinsing shampoo cleans dog without water.
The Bounce-N-Play ball is fun, puncture-resistant, floating, and it smells good, too!
And, since we can’t let our dogs enjoy all the deliciousness of blueberries alone, here are some fun, dog-themed blueberry beers for you:
- Wild Blue Blueberry Lager – a blend of blueberries, American and German hops, barley malt, and cereal grains.
- Sea Dawgs Bluepaw Blueberry Wheat Ale – wheat ale combined with wild Maine blueberries.
Chihuahua or blueberry muffin?
This dog just can’t get enough blueberries, even if that means upsetting his lizard brother.
By: Kristina N. Lotz CPDT-KA
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