While you’re enjoying your delicious blueberries, chances are you’re going to wonder, “Can my dog eat blueberries?” or “Can cats eat blueberries?” (depending on your pet of course). Read more on the health benefits of blueberries for dogs and cats below.
What are Blueberries?
If someone asked you that question, what would you respond with? “They’re tiny…blue…berries…that are tasty” is the answer we usually get. While we agree that the name is apt, there is more to this tiny super fruit than that.
Blueberries are one of the few fruits native to North America and more species of blueberries are native to North America than any other continent. Their blue color comes from anthocyanins, which also add to the blueberry’s health benefits. Blueberries have been enjoyed for centuries by Native Americans and now Maine produces the more blueberries than anywhere else in the world.
“Are blueberries safe for dogs and cats? Are they even good for dogs and cats?”
The answer is a hearty “yes!” to both questions. They’re not just a superfood for humans, their benefits apply to your dog or cat too. As with any people-food though, moderation is key when feeding your pet blueberries.
Blueberries are low in fat and calories, but high in fiber, making them a great natural treat for the health-conscious dog or cat. They’re also a natural source of vitamins, including A, C, E, and K. In addition, blueberries contain important minerals like iron, potassium, and manganese. One of the things that they’re best known for is having plenty of antioxidants, which have the potential to help counteract oxidative stress.
Blueberries are also beneficial for supporting joint health and helping maintain healthy bones.
How can I give my pet Blueberries?
After being thorough washing and cleaning, blueberries make a great snack (in moderation). In warmer months, frozen blueberries are a popular treat with dogs. Blueberries should not become the main course, they are only meant to supplement a diet.
If you don’t want to share your favorite snack or smoothie addition, you can also look for pet treats or food that feature blueberries as an ingredient! You’ll find a healthy amount of blueberries in Redbarn’s Canned Cat Patés and our Bully Coated Chews, like our most popular, treat Original Beef Flavored Bully Slices®, along with other superfood functional ingredients that help cater to your dog’s particular health needs.