Can Dogs Eat Berries?

Most dog guardians today want to feed their dog a healthy diet, but  aren’t always sure exactly what foods are healthy.  Take berries, for example.  If you check the Internet, you will find lots of different information about berries.  People seem confused about whether or not berries are good for dogs, or even safe to feed dogs.  You can rest assured that there are many kinds of berries that are perfectly safe and healthy for your dog to eat.

Dogs Love Berries

Dogs love many of the same kinds of berries that you probably like yourself:  blueberries, cranberries, raspberries, blackberries, and strawberries.  All of these berries are healthy and safe for your dog to eat.

Some Poisonous Berries

When people refer to berries that dogs should avoid, those berries include fruit that contains pits, such as cherries.  It is possible for a dog to choke on these large pits or “stones.”  Additionally, some of these pits contain chemicals which can be harmful to your dog if eaten.  Dogs should also avoid eating holly berries, juniper berries, baneberries, poke berries, and mistletoe berries.

Health Benefits of Berries

Just as there are health benefits for you when you eat blueberries and other berries, there are also lots of health benefits for your dog.  Berries are known for their antioxidant properties, which means that they can protect your cells against the effects of “free radicals.”  Free radicals are normally produced when your body goes through the process of breaking down food, or whenever it’s exposed to many everyday assaults from things like tobacco smoke or ordinary radiation in the atmosphere.  Free radicals can cause damage to our cells.  It is believed that these harmful molecules can affect us in ways that cause cancer, heart disease, and other health problems.  So, antioxidants which come from berries, can help protect us, and our dogs, from the harm caused by free radicals.  Giving your dog berries may help prevent cancer, heart disease, and other health issues.

Studies have also suggested that blueberries are beneficial to older dogs and help them keep their cognitive functions.  This is especially important for dogs that might be experiencing canine Cognitive Dysfunction Syndrome.

Cranberries offer dogs the same benefits that they offer humans and can improve urinary tract health.  They are especially beneficial to dogs experiencing any kidney issues.  Cranberries are particularly high in vitamin C.  Cranberry juice is acidic and when you give it to your dog it helps to lower the pH of your dog’s urine.  This makes the urinary tract inhospitable for bacteria.

Trying Berries

Many dogs enjoy eating berries right from your hand, or you can put some berries in their dish with their dog food.  In other cases, as with cranberries, you can give them some cranberry juice to add berries to their diet.  Berries can be fed in berry form, pureed, or you can add them to a favorite dog cookie recipe.  Berries also make excellent treats for your dog.

If you haven’t offered your dog berries yet, purchase a couple of different kinds and see how your dog likes them.  Chances are that your dog will quickly become a big fan of berries.  And you’ll be a big fan of their health benefits to your dog.



56 Responses to “Can Dogs Eat Berries?”

  1. Conor says:

    Me and my 4 year old terrier go to a park that has a ton of blackberries, he eats them right off the branch!!!!

  2. David Fisher says:

    I have a cocker when she goes out in the morning to do her morning business she will come back to the raspberry bushes looks for raspberries & pick them off the bush with her mouth & eats them 1st time I saw her do this I just about lost it, she has been eating them for yes with no problem.

  3. Kathy says:

    My 1 year old shih tzu loves raspberries and blueberries! Thanks for the info

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  6. Margaret says:

    My 8 month old collie cross loves blackberries from the bush!

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