Blueberries are a delicious, nutritious superfood that is easy to pop into your pet’s food bowl or use as treats. These little blue gems are low calorie but high in nutrients, packed with fiber, Vitamin C, Vitamin K and Manganese.
Some dogs even like to catch them. Or not.
A superfood for pets and humans alike
Blueberries are a common ingredient in dog food, found in about 25-percent of dog foods on the market – and with good reason. These beauties are chock-full of flavonoids – antioxidants that help reduce inflammation, protect the body’s cells from damage and aid in the battle against bulge. That’s right – if your pooch is getting pudgy, the flavonoids found in blueberries can help manage their weight.
Vitamins, minerals, and nutrients – oh my!
Blueberries are an excellent source of vitamins, minerals, and fibers. These berries also support healthy joints and strong bones. They promote good cognitive functioning and can help improve memory. This low-fat, natural treat is full of essential minerals like iron and potassium, making them an excellent supplement to your dog or cat’s breakfast.
In warmer months, frozen blueberries are a crunchy treat that can help keep your pet cool. This serving method is probably best for dogs, as cats may have a harder time chowing down on the frozen berries.
Moderation is key whenever you introduce a new people-food to your pet’s diet. Slip a few blueberries into your pet’s bowl so they can enjoy this fruit’s numerous benefits, but do so conservatively. If you’d rather not give your pet a nibble of the real thing, you can look for pet foods that contain blueberries in their recipes to ensure your pet reaps the benefits of this wonderful superfood.