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.

 

 


47 Responses to “Can Dogs Eat Berries?”

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  2. mark says:

    My 4 Y/O Rotty/Shepard mix eats my Raspberries right off the Cane..if i dont get to them first as soon as they are ripe..their gone 4-ever. She pulls her lipps back and gingerly picks them right off the plant with her front teeth…VERY CUTE…dont want her digging up my Strawberry patch so she has no clue about them yet :-)…She dug one of my 6 Blueberry bushes getting to the berries this year so we had to fence them in :-(. And she ran off with 3 bean plants this y6ear too…eating the beans right off the plant…it wouldnt “Snap” off the p[lant so she pulled it until the bean pod was free…with the entire plant….LOL…Gotta watch them silly BIG DOGS they dont know their own strength.

  3. Dylan says:

    My daughter was just eating her favourite raspberries, and our 5 month old staffordshire was eagerly waiting on, we checked out this site, and he almost did a backflip for the second one, reckon Meg’s going to have to share from now on :)

  4. hazel says:

    Just adopted a 4 month old havanese rescue pup. I was eating blackberry yogurt and she was very curious. I checked to see if berries were ok to give to dogs when I came across this site. Well, puppy loves blackberry yogurt. Just a small dose today to watch if she has allergy reaction. Will open the world of berries to puppy and her 9 month golden doodle sister.

  5. ECG says:

    my dog loves blackberries, kiwi, strawberries, blueberries, raspberries….
    want to keep him healthy.

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  8. Casey says:

    My 10mth old German Shepherd LOVES blackberries. (:

  9. Sunshine says:

    My 8wk old Pom~Chi ( NeVaeH Rose ) just tried a fresh blueberry she absolutely LOVED them she played with them and the started running around all happy for about 20 minutes and then fell fast asleep tomarrow it’s strawberries !

  10. Mary says:

    My 9 y/o yorkie lows all fruited and veggies. We recently started eating goji berries and she adores them (me 2)

  11. Robert Andi says:

    My ruby cavalier absolutely adores strawberries and blueberries:)

  12. Sorrayah says:

    My three yorkshire terriers absolutely LOVE blueberries, blackberries, and strawberries..my female smiles showing teeth for them :)

  13. India says:

    My black lab poppy loves blackberries and eats them from my hand or even from the bush. I like to disguise her tablets in a small dry crust with a thin coating of marmite, which she loves.

  14. Frances says:

    great idea Evelyn. Heck I have camouglafed my dogs pills in many ways. Had not thought about berries. Excellent idea. thanks

  15. Evelyn says:

    My female Rottwieller loves blackberries and raspberries; she’ll eat them right off the bush. The raspberries are, also, very handy for camouflaging her medication.

  16. Lachlan says:

    My Kelpie tried frozen blueberries today. He loved them!

  17. Kim Griffiths says:

    My Newfie loves blueberries she strips the bushes when fresh and really likes frozen berries on a hot day.

  18. Tina Gleason says:

    My dog loves berries, he eats blueberries right from the bush when we take him in the woods

  19. John Smith says:

    My shih-tzu loves fruits. When I walk him, I lvoe picking blackberries and feeding them to him. Makes for a really healthy walk. Also, anytime I eat a banana, he wants half of it. He also loves oranges, apples, and almonds. I’m sure he’d live happily as a vegetarian if I let him. :)

  20. Frances says:

    Great game. One for you one for me. My dogs love berries too!

  21. France says:

    My dog Scout has been eating berries for quite a whike now because my vet said that it was safe for her to have some but I still wanted to reassure myself and when I found your website I was very glad to read that not only was it safe for her to have berries but that it was actually very beneficial. So now both me and Scout can enjoy the benefits of berries while playing our little game of “here’s one for you and here’s one for me”. Thanks for the info

  22. Brian says:

    Just gave the family papillon blueberries before reading this and because he loved them so much i was worried they wetter bad for him. I searched,found this article and now we can enjoy berries together as treats instead of processed ones.

  23. Luciene says:

    My dog Sam a malties loves blueberrys he runs in circles and rolls around when ever I give Them :P

  24. Rachel says:

    My husky LOVES every type of berry and knows how to tell when they are ripe, he goes blackberry hunting when we are out and plucks the right ones straight of the hedges!!

  25. Billie says:

    Haha my dog just loves blueberries as a treat! I have been feeding my little Boston terrier/pug the berries for a while and she is in love of I eat them she won’t leave me alone until I’m done with then and she gets some

  26. Adam n patty says:

    My dog seems really hyper after eating our neighbors raspberries borderline high

  27. Frances says:

    Emily, that is pretty funny!

  28. Emily says:

    My Pembroke Welsh Corgi loves to throw her blueberries around before she eats them!

  29. Nancy says:

    Matix, my 5 yr old Cavalier King Charles was unusually anxious to join me while picking raspberries in my yard when I notices he was treating himself to all the fallen berries on the ground. Didn’t take him long to realize how easy it was to eat them right off the bush when those on the ground were gone. I have learned to limit his intake, however, after experiencing the noxious gas for hours after his berry treats….;+))

  30. Kim says:

    We sat picking over blueberries and our 2 English Bull Terrier dogs ate a LOT of them one afternoon. I glanced down at them and saw that one of the dogs had HUGE swollen doughnut shapes that suddenly appeared around both eyes! The sight scared me to death! The vet says she has an allergy. We’ve never come across this in any other dogs, but now we don’t allow the dogs to eat such large amounts of new foods – just in case!

  31. Frances says:

    My pups do that too. It is a self-serve treat!

  32. Patrick says:

    My Cardigan Corgi Tali found our blackberries, and is picking them right off the bushes and eating them…funny as heck :)

  33. Sparkle says:

    My 5.50 yr old G.Sherpard Black Lab Mix loves blueberries and dried cranberries since he was 5 months old. He is alert,pure black shiny coat and bright-eyed, but chunky sometimes…gotta love those berries!!

  34. Joanne says:

    My 6 month old rottie puppy is already picking the raspberries from the bush faster than I can get to them!

  35. D'arcy-Starr says:

    Feeding my 2yr old red Doberman bitch raspberries as I’m reading this. She decided they looked tasty and wanted part of my snack haha

  36. Brian Smith says:

    I found this page after seeing my dog Elwood eating raspberries right off the plant.

  37. Frances says:

    That is great. I have a recipe for patriotic pupsicles. Try them. They are easy to make and if your pups like berried, they should love these too.

    http://raisinghealthydogs.com/patriotic-pupsicles

    Thanks for posting

  38. I make fruit smoothies every morning and I dropped a couple of blueberries on the floor. My two MinPins scrambled for them and wanted more, so now I share my smoothie with them. A tablespoon or two in their dish makes them very happy.

  39. Christina says:

    My 8 y/o Lab loves all of his berries.. He really loves fruits, in general:)

  40. Shannon says:

    I eat berries all the time and my husky always wanted some. Just read this and was thrilled that I could share w/ him. Just gave my Husky and Chihuahua blackberries and blueberries……..they went nuts over them!

  41. Kathy says:

    My 17 month old chocolate lab and I just shared blackberries…she loved them and is looking for more!

  42. Jamwa says:

    I just gave my 1.5 year old Shiba/Chiuahua mix strawberries, he loved them, he also liked frozen blueberries, just remember they can stain carpet, so they are best outside.

  43. Anna says:

    Me and my mums 7 month old black Labrador just shared some raspberries! He loved them.

  44. Mariah says:

    My two german shepard lab mix dogs just had fresh berries for the first time today, and suprisingly, they loved them.

  45. Monica says:

    My long-haired Chihuahua pup and I just shared a handful of raspberries. She loved them!

  46. Chris says:

    I give my chocolate lab puppy blueberries everyday

  47. raven says:

    Just fed my boxer puppy a fresh blackberry. He went absolutely nuts.

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