Why Dogs Love Blueberries and Blueberry Treats
The four-legged canine member of your family may think grapes or garlic toast or ice cream would make a great snack – but giving in to his or her kooky cravings could be deadly for your pet, unless it’s blueberries they crave.
Fresh blueberries, provide a delicious and safe alternative.
Dogs can enjoy them safely. And those little round blue-purple seasonal fruit-balls contain the same healthy benefits for our canines that they do for us humans.
Blueberries – Superfood for Humans and Dogs
Fresh blueberries are low in fat, high in fiber and Vitamin C and loaded with antioxidants. Studies have shown them to help prevent or reduce a host of illnesses in humans, including memory loss, hypertension, urinary tract infections and types of cancer.
Eating them can help keep an older dog’s mind sharp and alert.
They have been shown to improve night vision as well.
The silicon in the berries does good things for your pooch’s pancreas, cardiovascular system and blood sugar levels.
A true superfood, the berries can be enjoyed by Pet Parents and their dogs.
How to Give Your Dog Fresh Blueberries
If you keep a few simple do’s and don’ts in mind, blueberries can perk up your pet’s diet and help him enjoy a longer and happier life.
That said, there are recommended ways to give them to your dog, as well as ways to avoid.
It’s best to start off by giving your pup one or two at a time. If there’s any sort of bad reaction or unusual behavior, you should hold back the berries in the future.
Definitely avoid feeding your dog frozen blueberries. It’s also not a good idea to give them pancakes, cookies or similar foods with blueberries in them. Dogs are highly sensitive to sugar. The sweetness in the berries is plenty for them.
It’s best to control how many your dog eats at one time. Seven or eight berries is a safe number to offer them. Letting Rover graze on blueberry bushes outdoors is risky – there’s a chance he may eat too many or nibble on other things nearby that could be dangerous.
Blueberries in Dog Treats
There are some dog treats on the market that make it easy to give your dog the benefits of blueberries no matter what season it is.
For example, California-baked all-natural Artisan Dog Treats with Oregon Blueberries from Pet Me Happy Treats gives you an excellent way to reward your pet with something known to be delicious, nutritious and very safe.
Dogs are omnivores. We can never be sure what they will eat. But as responsible Pet Parents, we CAN be sure what we offer them is good for them. We have to make sure they don’t eat food or treats with onions, tomatoes, mushrooms, nuts or other human foods that are off-limits for canines. And keep that chocolate to yourself!
Blueberry treats are a smart choice. Next time you get that soulful look and that tail starts wagging – or anytime you’d like to give your dog a special reward for good behavior – treat your dog to the blues!
Artisan Dog Treats with Oregon Blueberries
We formulated our Artisan Dog Treats with Oregon Blueberries to be so healthy, we could eat them, too! They’re made from our recipe with all-natural ingredients exclusively for Pet Me Happy by an artisan bakery in Los Angeles County.
Even better, they’re safe for dogs with sensitive digestive systems (read: no farts!).
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