Next time you pop a handful of blueberries into your mouth, you might want to consider sharing some with your dog. Thanks to their nutritional value and small size, blueberries are a great treat for both large dogs and small dogs.
Benefits Of Blueberries For Your Dog
Blueberries are low in calories and contain high amounts of vitamin C, fiber, phytochemicals (naturally occurring chemical compounds found in plants), and antioxidants, and have been proven to improve the health of animals as well as humans. The antioxidants in blueberries help fight free radicals, which are responsible for cellular and molecular damage in dogs and humans. Sources of antioxidants, like blueberries, help strengthen immune systems by fighting free radicals naturally. As an added bonus, studies show that adding antioxidants to a dog’s diet reduces the effects of brain aging, which is good news for those of us with older dogs. Vitamin C and fiber are vital components of proper canine nutrition. Phytochemicals are linked to several aspects of health, including the ability to fight cancer in humans.
There are a few things to keep in mind when feeding fruits and vegetables to your dog. Blueberries are small, which means you don’t need to cut them up, but any new food poses potential risks. Consult your veterinarian if you have concerns about feeding blueberries to your dog, and monitor your dog closely after giving blueberries as a treat for the first time.
For more information about human foods dogs can and can’t eat, check out this list.