Are Blueberries Good for Dogs?

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After a short break, it is time to resume our dog food ingredients series where we walk through the alphabet and pick a pet food ingredient to analyze. Today’s ingredient is Blueberry.

 

What are Blueberries?

According to Wikipedia, blueberries are perennial flowering plants with indigo-colored berries from the section Cyanococcus within the genus Vaccinium (a genus that also includes cranberries and bilberries). Blueberries are native to North America and most of the commercially sold blueberries come from this continent.
Are Blueberries Good for Dogs?

Common names for Blueberries

There aren’t many alternative names for blueberries although some examples include Alaskan blueberry, hillside blueberry, and southern blueberry.

 

Why are Blueberries included in dog food?

Blueberries are considered to be a ‘super food’ and are an excellent source of vitamins, minerals, and fiber. Blueberries also are a healthy way to add sweetness to the food and are preferable to added sugar.

 

Are Blueberries a commonly used ingredient in dog food?

Blueberries are a fairly common dog food ingredient. They are present in over 25% of all dog foods.

 

Common benefits or risks of Blueberries

  • Blueberries contain, among many others, the Vitamins A, C, K, and the mineral Manganese.
  • Blueberries contain substances known as flavonoids, which are antioxidants that help protect the body’s cells from damage and reduce inflammation.
  • There have been many studies done on the health benefits of blueberries. As reported in Everyday Health, flavonoids have been shown to reduce the risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease, diabetes and cancers. Studies have also shown that eating berries can help keep the brain functioning well as the body ages.

 

Slimdoggy Ingredient Comfort Level

Blueberries get the Slimdoggy Happy Face due to their many extraordinary benefits.

 

Miscellaneous facts about Blueberries

Blueberries contain about 85 calories and 21 grams of carbohydrates per cup (8 ounces).

Violet Beauregard overdosed on blueberry flavored gum at the Willie Wonka Chocolate factory in the world famous movie.

 

Sources and further reading

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blueberry

http://www.petcurean.com/blog/post/2013/07/09/Berry-Interesting-Berries-and-their-benefits

http://naturalalternativesvet.com/berries-for-dogs/

http://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/2012/04/berries-keep-your-brain-sharp/

http://www.everydayhealth.com/senior-health/0426/eating-berries-might-help-preserve-your-memory.aspx

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28 Comments

  1. I love me some blueberries!!! I also loved that movie! haha!
    Have a great day!
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  2. My dogs love any treats with blueberries in them!
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  3. Thanks for the tip! I’ll be adding blueberries to the dogs next yogurt treat – bananas, strawberries and blueberries. I think we’ll have some too!
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  4. Blueberries have been the Boys favorites for years. They love them. In the summertime I will throw them in their water bowls when we’re outside and Leo loves to “bob” for them.
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  5. They are on our shopping list, hope I will not end like Violet (that was a evil girl, ewww). Have a tasty tuesday!
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  6. Whew! I’m buying a blueberry plant this year in hopes to make some fun and healthy treats for the dogs! I’m really excited and hope that it produces a lot of blueberries!
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  7. I love blueberries, especially frozen in ice cubes in the summer – yum!
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  8. Moses and Alma have tried blueberries (when I’m generous enough to share), and both seemed to be fans. Though, they seem to like most fruit.
    Great info, thanks!
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  9. We have some blueberry farms in our area. It is fun to go pick a bucket and they freeze easily for future use. Bark More, Growl Less Barking from the Bayou!
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  10. Blueberries are everyones favorite treat here … human and canine. We pick them at a blueberry farm like MK and freeze a ton. We have very affordable blueberries year round. Yum-yum!
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  11. We love blueberries and so does Mom. They are eaten all the time around our house.
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  12. Ooh, I love blueberries! They’re a snack I like to share with Petal. Thanks for sharing all this great info about blueberries!
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  13. Blueberries are awesome. I’ve been adding them to home-cooked meals.
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  14. Didn’t realize they were in that many foods. Great information.
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  15. I have always heard blueberries are healthy for people and dogs, so I do give them to my dog from time to time. I was interested to hear what you had to say about them, and I’m glad to hear about all the benefits you mentioned.
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    • I know, I eat them all the time and tossed a few in the dog’s dinner bowl last nite!
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  16. We have 4 blueberry bushes, fairly new, but haven’t gotten a lot of berries yet. Luke loves blueberries, just like Kobi did, but the girls only like them if I mix them with yogurt or something. I look forward to blueberry season in our area because we can get plenty that way until our bushes start producing more.
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  17. We sometimes talk about food so generically that I forget that perhaps the dog’s size matter as well. How much is too much blueberry to feed a dog at a go or in a serving? I give Donna one or two in her food sometimes because it’s not food that she gets a lot or is used to, and I’ve got no bad reaction from her so that’s fine. My friend on the other hand gave her much smaller pomeranian a blueberry and the dog vomitted. I have often wondered if it is much harder to provide a balanced nutrition for small dogs.
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  18. Brown dawgs love blueberries. I can feed them like treats. 🙂
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