Dogs are not always the easiest to please when it comes to food. They often have specific preferences which can make for an interesting mealtime experience!
Dogs love berries. But can they eat blackberries? This is a question that many dog owners have pondered.
Absolutely--but there's a catch!
They should only be given in moderation because otherwise, they may cause an upset stomach. Have you ever had a dog refuse food before? It's frustrating!
So, read the blog to know how you can safely feed blackberries to your dogs while you munch on them yourself.
Dogs can eat blackberries. Blackberries are good for dogs. They have low sugar and calories, so you won't feel bad if you feed your dog a few of these berries every once in a while.
Blackberries are sweet and juicy. They taste good and they have vitamins. Dogs can eat them too. They may even be helpful when given in small amounts on a regular basis.
Blackberries pack a nutritional punch that few other fruits can claim because of the antioxidants, fiber, vitamins, minerals, and Omega 3s it contains.
A handful of blackberries in a day should be enough for your dog. However, you need to ensure that you don’t feed them all at once. Instead, give them one by one to avoid choking hazards.
The general rule for any dog treat is that it should comprise 10% of the daily caloric intake of your dog’s diet. Blackberries should only be served as treats, not as normal dog food, so keep the 10% rule in mind.
Blackberries are sweet and taste good. They are also healthy for humans and dogs because they have many nutritional components and health benefits. These are:
Make sure to get your dog enough of these nutritional elements by giving them blackberries or other dog foods consisting of these elements.
Although blackberries are a safe fruit for your dog and offer plenty of healthy nutrients, it can still be unsafe to offer blackberries to your dogs in certain instances. These are further explained below.
“Can a dog eat too many blackberries?”
A few blackberries here and there can be good for your dog. But if it has a sensitive stomach, you should not feed them too many of them. And they are best introduced to this food gradually so they do not get sick from it.
If your dog accidently munches on too many blackberries at once you need to look for the following symptoms:
All fruits and vegetables have a choking hazard. They are especially dangerous for dogs that swallow them. If your dog swallows things quickly, cut the fruit in half so they do not choke.
Blackberries also naturally contain Xylitol. It is toxic to dogs. But you do not need to worry if your dog eats only some blackberries because it needs to eat a lot for the poison to take effect. Just make sure that your dog does not eat too many!
“Can dogs eat blackberry jam?”
Don't feed your dog blackberry jam. It can have many ingredients like xylitol that are bad for them and it is often high in sugar.
As with all fruit, it is important to wash and scrub the outer surface. Feed blackberries to your dog as a special treat, not part of their regular diet. There are some other ways you can feed this type of fruit to your dog:
Here is a yummy delight that you can serve to your dog as a treat.
Pets need to wait until the treats are cool before you give them to them.
“Can Dogs eat blackberries and raspberries?”
“Can Dogs eat blackberries and blueberries?”
Certain berries are safe for dogs besides blackberries. You can feed your dog strawberries, blueberries, or raspberries. These berries are soft and easy for dogs to chew. They also offer many health benefits and make for a delicious treat for your dog.
To know more about these safe berries for your pup, read our blogs:
The following berries can make your dog vomit, have diarrhea, drool a lot, have seizures, or not be able to breathe:
“Can dogs eat wild berries?”
Wild berries can be very dangerous for your dog. If you leave your dog alone around wild blackberry bushes, they might eat a lot. If this happens, they might get sick from the berries.
Dogs should stay away from poisonous wild berries. Holly berries, juniper berries, and mistletoe berries are wild berries with toxins that can be dangerous for dogs. Never offer your dog any of these berries.
So, all in all, a few blackberries a day will not hurt your dog. In fact, they are better as a treat for the overall health of your dog including their digestive systems. Blackberries are one of the human foods that are definitely safe to be consumed by your four-legged friend also!