Can I Give My Dog Blackberries?

Can I Give My Dog Blackberries?Blackberries, as an occasional treat, may seem like a good idea for a pet dog. After all, there are many benefits to be had from eating this delicious berry. However, not all berries are safe for canines to eat.

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You’ll be happy to know that blackberries are not toxic for dogs. The question then becomes can this tiny and delectable fruit really be beneficial for a pet pooch?

While your dog certainly doesn’t need to be consuming blackberries, the antioxidants may be an excellent addition to their regular chow. This is true, at least, in theory.

Can I Give My Dog Blackberries? Answer: Yes, but not necessary

There’s nothing harmful about sharing a bit of your blackberries with Fido.

When you get down to the basic question of whether or not a dog should be given blackberries, all that needs to happen is to consider whether they would be eating blackberries if left alone in the wild.

Dogs are scavengers, this is true enough, they will eat just about anything to come upon if it is something edible. But they are not ones to nosing up to a blackberry bush, and eating them right from the source. Their time is mostly spent in packs, hunting animals and eating them.

Dogs and Fruit

Many owners feel the need to give their dog some fresh fruit because they feel that the dog will benefit from the vitamins and minerals they contain. But a dog’s physiology is different from ours. Evolution has rendered canines carnivores. We have a longer digestive tract that can break down fruits and vegetables to release the enzymes and antioxidants they contain.

A dog’s digestive system, on the other hand, is expecting to receive mostly meat, and it is designed to break down and digest this sort of food. It has different stomach acids and a shorter digestive tract to get that job done. That’s why it’s best to cater to the way a dog’s body is set up.

The Antioxidant Factor

It is yet to be proven whether a dog needs antioxidants the same way a human does. Free radical damage might not be such a major concern for a dog the way it is for a human. Also, it is uncertain whether a dog is even receiving the same nutrients from the same foods, because of the difference in the way the two species digest the food as explained above.

When you consider the high cost of blackberries as a produce item, it makes more sense to invest that money in a premium dog food, proven to help a dog out nutritionally.

Accidental Ingestion

If your dog got into a pack of blackberries and ate the whole thing, you might be wondering if it is toxic to your dog in any way. The good news is that you probably won’t have to rush them to the Animal Hospital, but you definitely want to observe them over the next several hours to see how they are doing.

You might see a case of diarrhea or vomiting, or they just won’t be themselves for a while as their digestive system tries to handle the onslaught.

Conclusion on Blackberries

We are fans of keeping it simple, and luckily dogs are pretty simple as far as what they require for optimal survival. You don’t have to give them a lot of bells and whistles for them to be at the top of their game. Just be sure they’re getting dog food that contains animal protein as the first ingredient. A lot of lesser quality dog foods will use fillers like grain products, or vegetables, with your dog doesn’t really need. Don’t bother giving them blackberries. Instead, put the money saved towards a better dog food.

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Dr. Stephanie Flansburg Cruz, a practicing vet, has reviewed and endorsed this article. She has 3 dogs of her own and cares about the welfare of all animals.


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