If I’m being honest, prior to my communication with Pluto, I would have NEVER even considered giving dogs blueberries. However, when I communicated with Pluto, he specifically asked for frozen blueberries to be given to him as a treat. He had never tried them before we spoke telepathically, however, he asked specifically for ORGANIC blueberries.
Just to give you a little background into Pluto’s condition – he also suffers from skin allergies, and amongst other organic products that he requested in the reading, he also asked for these.
Now, I am fully aware that animals are incredibly intuitive and are well versed with their energetic bodies and what’s good for them and what’s harmful. When they’re sick or going through trauma, many a times, they themselves, will give me suggestions on what to do or how to help alleviate their pain.
Trust me, you’ll be surprised at how effective these suggestions truly are! It’s mind boggling to say the least.
So when he asked for blueberries, I was certain that some of this superfood’s properties would help give him some relief in regards to his allergies and the inflammation he was experiencing.
So, if you’re like me and if you’ve wondered whether dogs can safely consume blueberries?
Of course, and here’s why!
Did you know, Blueberries have been scientifically proven to be essential and incredibly beneficial to the body’s overall health. The additional nutrition to your dog’s diet from a daily blueberry treat is virtually incalculable.
They help to keep your dog hydrated, reduce the risks associated with numerous diseases and cancers, and contain many antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties that have been shown to improve the health of animals.
The antioxidants like those in blueberries, help fight free radicals, which are responsible for cellular and molecular damage in dogs and humans. As an added bonus, studies show that adding antioxidants to a dog’s diet reduces the effects of brain aging, which is great if you have a senior dog.
To top it off, Blueberries are also cholesterol-free and significantly low in protein and fat. As a result, they provide all the health benefits without filling up your dog’s tummy. This, in turn, leaves plenty of room for their regular meals that are important in maintaining their bodies’ structural and neurological development. They are also are low in calories and contain high amounts of vitamin C, fiber, and phytochemicals (naturally occurring chemical compounds found in plants).
It is a healthy snack for both, small and large dogs, and most puppy’s love them! (Pluto is a 3 month old golden)
Before rushing off to feed your canine friend some of this delicious and healthy treat, remember:
You can feed your dog both fresh and frozen blueberries. However, as with all treats, make sure to only feed your dog this fruit in moderation. Therefore, portion control is important. Treats should only comprise 10% of your dog’s diet and be considered an occasional treat.
Since blueberries are small, the chance of a large dog gulping down on too many is very possible. They tend to eat without chewing, so can finish the bowl in a blink of an eye. This can cause a tummy ache or creating a choking hazard. Since they are pretty small, which means you don’t need to cut them up. But there are potential risks, such as choking, especially in regards to smaller dogs.
Studies have shown that dogs can show intolerances or even allergies to new foods. Make sure you’re watching your dogs reaction for any gastrointestinal upset, gas, itchiness, ear inflammation, or hives. If any of these symptoms appear, stop offering them berries and talk to your vet immediately.
Another thing – make sure you’re certain that the blueberries are thoroughly washed to remove any pesticides or dirt prior to giving them to your dog. This is a safe treat to feed your pets. It can also be fed to a dog that’s diabetic (but you’ll want to check with your vet first before offering it to them) or used as a training treat.
What are the ways I can give my dog blueberries?
Fresh blueberries are most often given to dogs in their raw and original form. The fruit is soft and so doesn’t harbor much of a choking risk to bigger dogs. When preparing the fresh blueberries, rinse them in water and inspect for any moldy berries before offering it to them.
Frozen blueberries are safe, however, can present a choking hazard, especially in dogs that are a smaller breed. If you’d like to give them to a smaller dog, make sure you thaw them out and mash them prior to feeding it to them. Offering one or two at a time is preferable if the berries are frozen.
Mashed blueberries is a fantastic way to add them to your dog’s food bowl. You can also add them in with other berries like strawberries, raspberries, or blackberries for a nutritional punch (more on that later)
Pureed berries added to yogurt or coconut water. Put the mixture in ice cube trays and freeze for a hydrating snack on summer days – your dog will thank you for this!
Well, what are you waiting for? Head on over and get some yummy, organic, blueberries for your pup!