Healthy Additions: Berries!

You won’t want to forget about these super-foods when giving your dog fresh, whole nutrition! Discover three berries that are packed full of benefits for your dog.

Fresh berries are a good source of many vitamins, minerals, and bioflavonoids like Quercetin. According to Dogs Naturally, berries contain polyphenols (which fight oxidative stress and balance the gut by feeding friendly bacteria), kill cancer cells, reduce chronic inflammation, and detoxify the liver!

Besides providing beneficial nutrients, these berries are low in sugar, making them a safe and healthy snack for all dogs!

Strawberries

As a quick snack, you can’t get much better than juicy in-season strawberries, but we often underappreciate the nutrients these sweet ruby-red berries have to offer.  Strawberries are an excellent source of antioxidants, and 1 cup of the fruit contains more vitamin C than an orange! Surprised? In studies, they have also been found to have cardiovascular and cognitive benefits.

Blackberries

This fruit is a good source of fiber and Vitamins A, C, E, and K. Blackberries provide your dog with nutrients that can help fight free radicals, inflammation, and allergies. Every dog will benefit from the immune-boosting qualities of blackberries!

“Blackberries are still known to help fight off different types of cancer, are full of vitamins, and have high levels of antioxidants that are essential for healthy living.  Many dog owners claim their dogs love blackberries and will eat them plain as a healthy snack. One blackberry grower states his dog loves blackberries so much, he often finds the dog out in the fields eating the fallen blackberries!” 

Blueberries

Often recognized as a superfood and for a good reason! These small berries are packed with antioxidants and flavonoids. They are high in vitamin K, and they’re also great for the immune system. Studies have shown that, when paired with coconut oil, they can increase cognitive function in senior dogs. There’s also evidence linking them to lower cancer risks.

“Aside from being classified as antiangiogenic aka anti-cancer, blueberries contain a compound called pterostilbene, a derivative of resveratrol.

These little blue powerhouses are good antioxidants because they contain phenolics that preferentially react with free radicals.

So, offering your furry companion blueberries can help protect them against cancer!” – Rodney Habib

Risks

The berries on this list are entirely safe for dogs. As a rule, feed berries in moderation. If overfed, your dog may experience a mild stomach ache and diarrhea.

There are a few berries you should not give to your dog. These include holly berries, acai, goji, and golden berries. In short, if you don’t know for a fact that a food is safe, do a quick search before sharing some with Fido.

How To Feed

Now that we’ve discussed the benefits of these fruits let’s consider how to feed them to your pup. Pretty simple, just wash and treat your dog.  If you have a tiny dog, cut the larger berries into a few bite-size pieces or mash them up in their meal.

Berries can be blended with yogurt to make a healthy topping to your dog’s meal.

They also make great low-calorie training treats. Just remember moderation is key, so keep the amount shared at one time to 2-3 tablespoons.

Recipe: Triple Berry Gummies

This recipe uses just a few simple ingredients and is wholly taste-approved by our dogs!

The addition of gelatin in dog treats can also benefit your dog. Learn about the benefits of gelatin from bone broth in the article below.

So next time you snack on these little fruits feel free to let your dog enjoy them with you!

 

For Satisfied Dogs!

Ivy Alexis

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Sources:

CanIGiveMyDog.com. “Our Best Advice For Sharing Blueberries with Your Dog” canigivemydog.com. Feb. 16, 2019. Web. Accessed Mar. 14, 2019. https://canigivemydog.com/blueberries

DogNaturallyMagazine.com “Fruit for Dogs: Research Says Feed Them!” dogsnaturallymagazine.com. Web. Accessed Mar. 15, 2019. https://www.dogsnaturallymagazine.com/fruits-for-dogs-research-says-feed-them/

Habib, Rodney. “Eat and Feed Blueberries” planetpaws.com. Aug. 28, 2016. Web. Accessed Mar. 15, 2019 https://www.planetpaws.ca/2016/08/28/eat-feed-blueberries/

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16520073

WagWalking.com “Can Dogs Taste Blackberries” wagwalking.com. Accessed Mar. 15, 2019. https://wagwalking.com/sense/can-dogs-taste-blackberries

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