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Can Dogs Eat Berries?

Can Dogs Eat Berries?

Yes and no. 

A berry is defined by Wikipedia as “a small, pulpy, and often edible fruit.” This type of fruit has a sweet, sour, or tart flavour and does not have a stone or pit. However, seeds or pips (small hard seeds) may be found within it. Strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, cranberries, blackberries, red currants, white currants, and black currants are just some examples of commonly known berries. These fruits may be eaten fresh or are used to make jams, pastries, syrups, and liqueurs. 

Strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, cranberries, and blackberries can be eaten by dogs in limited quantities. On the other hand, currants of all kinds should be avoided as they may cause stomach upset when consumed in large amounts. In addition, commercially sold dried fruits called Zante currants are actually raisins, which are toxic for dogs. Just a small amount can cause severe, acute kidney failure.

From a botanical perspective, it is interesting to know that bananas, tomatoes, and grapes are true berries since their fruit comes from a single ovary of an individual flower. Bananas and ripe tomatoes may be eaten by dogs, but just like raisins, grapes are poisonous for them.  

How to feed berries to your dog: Talk to your veterinarian to find out which types of berries and how much you can safely give your dog. Serving portions may depend on his size, age, weight, activity levels, and other health conditions. Remember not to go over the recommended serving size to prevent digestive issues from arising. Also, do not give your dog preserved berries as these may be high in sugar and artificial ingredients. 

Here are three ideas for berry treats your dog will love:

  1. Make blueberry oatmeal treats for your doggo. 
  2. Your pup will love this frozen yogurt dog treat packed with blueberries, strawberries, and bananas.   
  3. Puree frozen strawberries and mix with peanut butter for some dog-approved homemade ice cream.

In summary: Dogs can enjoy most types of berry fruits as they are high in fiber, vitamin C, and antioxidants. However, their portions should be limited to avoid digestive complications. 

You can feed your dog more than just berries! Find out which other fruits and vegetables are good for him through our “can dogs eat” category.

References: 

Wikipedia: Berry

Pet Poison Helpline: Currants

8 of the Healthiest Berries You Can Eat

Food dogs should not eat and some they should



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