Whether you happen to have some blackberry bushes on your property or you just picked up a basket of them at the grocery store, you may be wondering if it's okay to toss one to your pup. Good for you for double checking before giving in to those puppy eyes!
CAN DOGS EAT BLACKBERRIES?
They sure can (unless you're referring to your old cell phone from the early 2000s, in which case no, we recommend keeping those out of dogs' mouths)! Blackberries are healthy and full of nutritional benefits, so you can definitely hand a few over to pooch. Just be careful not to let him get his mouth near your white clothes, because the blackberry juice on his tongue will stain!
ARE BLACKBERRIES GOOD FOR DOGS?
Blackberries have a number of antioxidants that have anti-inflammatory effects and can also help reduce heart disease risk and increase cognitive function. They're packed with fiber, which is important for keeping your dog free of gastrointestinal issues. They have vitamins A, B, C, E and K, which are helpful with all kinds of things, from digestion to improving your dog's immune system to increasing energy levels and reducing inflammation. Last but not least, blackberries have omega-3 fatty acids, which will help your dog's coat, skin and teeth all look their absolute best.
Blackberries are very low in calories, so you don't need to worry about your pup packing on the pounds (though as with all treats, they should be given in moderation).
RISKS OF GIVING BLACKBERRIES TO DOGS
Blackberries don't come with a lot of risks for dogs, so you can feel good feeding them to your pup. The main thing to avoid is overindulgence - even though blackberries are good, too much of a good thing can cause stomach issues.
HOW TO PREPARE BLACKBERRIES FOR DOGS
The good news is that you really don't need to do much of anything to blackberries to prepare them for your dog. As with all fruits and veggies, it's best to wash the outside to ensure they're free of pesticides and other chemicals that may have been used while they were growing.
That said, blackberries are great and so we have a few recommendations on how to give them to your dog:
- Raw - There's nothing wrong with just giving them a wash and tossing some to your dog. If you're going to go this route, we strongly recommend making a slo-mo recording of your dog trying to catch them, because if your dogs are as bad as ours at catching treats, you'll get some great laughs from your footage.
- Frozen - Dogs love a little crunch to their treats, and if you freeze blackberries they're like delicious, nutritious ice cubes.
- Pureed - Is your dog getting bored of regular kibble? Throw a handful of blackberries in a blender and pour the puree over their food - suddenly it's gone from bland to spectacular! (Though if you're looking for something to spice up your pup's kibble, we'd be remiss not to remind you that our Pupsicle mix makes excellent dog food seasoning!)
SO CAN DOGS EAT BLACKBERRIES?
Absolutely! Everything about blackberries makes them a fantastic snack that your pooch will enjoy and that you can feel good about. Just don't overdo it!