July is National Blueberry Month and here at DogChannel we are celebrating with all things blueberry for you and your best friend.
Are Blueberries Safe For Dogs?
The answer is yes. Not only are blueberries safe, but they are also an excellent source of antioxidants, selenium, zinc and iron. High in vitamins C, E, A and B complex for your dog. Like any fruit or treat, blueberries should be fed in moderation; 2 or 3 blueberries make a good size treat.
The Benefits of Blueberries
This small, cute, blue fruit is a mighty vessel containing powerful antioxidants and vitamins that can benefit you and your dog.
“Blueberries do the same for dogs as they do for humans: great antioxidants, fun treats, provide fun snacks to share with the furry family,” says Dr. Cathy Alinovi, DVM.
Dr. Al Townshend, Wellness Staff Veterinarian, adds a few more reasons why you should add blueberries to your dog’s diet:
- Blueberries contain antioxidants, which may protect your pets cells against “free radicals.” This is a process your body goes through when breaking down food and can cause damage to your pet’s cells and DNA.
- Blueberries can be beneficial to older dogs as studies have shown they may help with cognitive functions.
- As blueberries are a good source of silicon, it is said they can help aid in the rejuvenation process to a dog’s pancreas.
- Keep your pup’s heart healthy by feeding them blueberries. Studies have found dogs who eat blueberries have controlled blood sugar levels and may experience improved cardiovascular health.
“Packed with antioxidants and vitamin C, low-calorie and bursting with flavor, blueberries are good for dogs as well as people. We added blueberries to our indigo™ Fresh Dental Sticks and Floss Bones to create dental treats that are high in antioxidants to support a healthy immune system while cleaning teeth and freshening breath.” says Tracey Quillin of PetSafe.
Jme Thomas, Executive Director for the Motley Zoo Animal Rescue, says a foster family found blueberries where a great cure for Tear Stains! She just fed their dog, Phoebe, a few frozen blueberries a day and found it worked better than the leading tear stain product on the market.
You may be surprised at the number of treats out there with blueberries already in them. Here are just a few of the dozens available, all made in the United States.
- Caru Duck Bars with Blueberries, learn more.
- Fruitables Pumpkin & Blueberry Flavor Crunchy Dog Treats, learn more.
- Indigo™ Fresh Dental Sticks and Floss Bones, learn more.
- The Honest Kitchen Pecks treats with blueberries and buffalo, learn more.
- Dogswell Super Boost Squares Beef with Blueberry (new, will be available in Independent stores this month, Petco this fall), learn more.
And, if you want to make your own, Dr. Alinovi recommends putting a dollop of yogurt on a piece of parchment paper and a blueberry or two in the center, then freezing for a cool summertime treat.
There are many other ways you can incorporate blueberries into your dog’s life. From whitening shampoo to squeaky toys, there is something for every dog!
- South Bark’s Blueberry Facial – acts as a face wash, body shampoo and overall brightener, learn more.
- I Heart Pet Head Dry Clean Spray Shampoo, blueberry muffin – non-rinsing shampoo cleans dog without water, learn more.
- Jolly Pets Jolly Bounce-N-Play ball, blueberry scented – fun, puncture-resistant, floating, and they smell good too! Learn more.
- Pet Bistro® Organic Whole Plant Wild Maine Blueberry DOG TEA® – the first organic whole plant tea for dogs, it’s packed with nutrients and antioxidants make it a health treat for your dog, learn more.
- Durable Dog Beds Blueberry Microvelvet Donut – there might not be any blueberries in this bed, but it looks like a giant soft blueberry, learn more.
And, since we can’t let our dogs enjoy all the deliciousness of blueberries alone, here are some fun, dog-themed blueberry beers for you:
- Wild Blue Blueberry Lager – a blend of blueberries, American and German hops, barley malt, and cereal grains. Learn more.
- Sea Dawgs Bluepaw Blueberry Wheat Ale – wheat ale combined with wild Maine blueberries. Learn more.
Costco muffin resembles Chihuahua.
This dog just can’t get enough blueberries, even if that means upsetting his lizard brother.
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