Can a Dog Eat Blackberries?
By Hungry Bark | October 27, 2021
Can you feed your dog blackberries? The answer is, yes! Blackberries are indeed safe to share with your dog on occasion and in limited quantity. These delicious berries aren't filled with a ton of calories and contain low sugar, which make them an appropriate snack for your dog. Keep reading to find out more about the health benefits of blackberries and how you can incorporate them into your dog's diet.
More About Blackberries
Blackberries are harvested from a bramble plant and grow in the wild. They're extremely similar to raspberries, but have bigger seeds that can be annoying for your dog if they try to chew on them. This fruit is typically harvested during the summer months, from May to September, with optimal berry picking time falling between June and July.
What Are the Health Benefits of Blackberries for Dogs?
This juicy fruit is packed with awesome benefits for your dog's health. They're rich in Vitamin K which is known to maintain strong and healthy bones. Blackberries also help blood circulation throughout the body which is good for cardiac performance.
Due to their high fiber content, they're beneficial for maintaining a healthy digestive system. In addition, blackberries contain a ton of antioxidants and vitamin C, which is great for boosting your dog's immune system. All of the good stuff to keep your dog looking and feeling great!
Are Blackberry Seeds Harmful to Dogs?
Blackberry seeds aren't worth stressing over as the amount your dog would need to eat to cause stomach upset is large. That said, it's always a good idea to introduce a new food slowly, whether that's a main course during mealtime or a new special snack. Monitor your dog's behavior after introducing a new food to make sure they aren't allergic or having any sort of reaction.
Which Variety of Berries are Safe for Dogs?
There are a handful of berries that are completely safe to share with your dog, in moderation of course! Here are ones that are generally referred to as safe:
Berries That Are Toxic to Dogs
While these berries are totally safe for humans to eat, they're not the best option when sharing with your dog. Make sure to avoid feeding them any of these!
- Grapes (that goes for Raisins as well)
For more fruits and veggies your dog can and can't eat, check out our list here!
How To Safely Give Your Dog Blackberries
As with any fruit or veggie for that matter, it's always a good idea to rinse with water first, before serving it to your dog (or family). It's likely that quite a few people have handled the fruit or vegetable before it found it's way into your fridge. With the heightened spread of unwanted germs during the COVID-19 pandemic, this has become an ever more important first step.
Next, it's recommended to inspect the blackberries and remove any excess stems or leaves. Depending on the size of your dog, an unnoticed extra stem could lead to a serious choking hazard.
What's the Best Way to Give My Dog Blackberries?
Blackberries can be shared with your dog in a variety of ways. You can enjoy them together as a special treat by simply handing over the entire fruit as a delicious snack. You can also add in a few to your dog's bowl during mealtime alongside their favorite dry food. Another option is breaking up the fruit into small, bite-sized pieces and freezing it in a fun mold with water or alongside other fruits in your dog's favorite kong toy. Both of these options allow for your dog to get added vitamins and nutrients all the while working for their food (good for mental stimulation)!
For more easy DIY dog treats, check out our Instagram!
Blackberry & Banana Pupsicle
As fruits are naturally on the sweet side, think of this delicious (and antioxidant-packed) snack as dessert...for your dog!
Here's what you'll need:
- A silicone mold (Here is one of our team's favorites)
- A blender
- Plain Greek Yogurt
3...2...1...Blend! Blend all ingredients listed above together until a smooth, liquid consistency is achieved. If your mixture is too thick, add in a splash of water. If you accidentally added in too much liquid, add in a few additional berries or slices of banana until the ideal texture is achieved. Next, fill your silicone mold with the liquid mixture and freeze for 4+ hours or overnight. Serve to your doggo after their mealtime for a healthy treat!