Don’t let the tininess of these little blue guys fool you. Coined a “super food,” blueberries might be small, but they’re packed with vitamin C, fiber and antioxidants—all of which are beneficial for your dog.
1. Blueberries contain antioxidants that strengthen your dog’s immune system.
Antioxidants protect the body’s cells from damage and reduce inflammation, which help prevent your dog from getting diseases.
2. Blueberries help keep your dog’s brain functioning well as he or she ages.
Studies such as this one have proven that cognitive dysfunction in dogs is reduced with an antioxidant-rich diet (it’s not limited to dogs, either). A blue-red pigment antioxidant in blueberries called anthocyanin works to protect pets’ brain cells.
3. They lower your dog’s risk of cancer.
Ellagic acid present in blueberries help block metabolic pathways that lead to cancer. Anthocyanin, as mentioned before, also inhibits tumor growth.
4. They’re low in calories.
One cup of blueberries is only 85 calories, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. They could be great substitutes for dog treats.
Keep in mind that moderation is key. Blueberries are nutritious, but feeding your dog tons of blueberries isn’t good for them—that could cause diarrhea or an upset stomach.
Also, always be cautious when feeding your dog a new food. Start with feeding your dog one or two.
If your dog reacts well to blueberries, the next time you start popping these in your mouth, consider sharing some with your furry friend, too.