Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Are Blueberries Safe for Dogs?

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Are Blueberries Safe for Dogs?
by Daniel Waser


Answer: Yes, blueberries are definitely safe for dogs in general.

Blueberries make a great natural treat for dogs. Because they are a good natural source of nutrients, it's far better to give your dog blueberries than to give him processed treats and other snack food that you can purchase from the grocery store or pet store.

It's always best to consult your veterinarian before giving your dog any kind of fruit. Your vet should be able to tell you how your dog will respond to blueberries or other types of fruit and your vet should be able to give you recommendations tailored for your particular dog. Don't be afraid to ask your vet if blueberries are safe for your dog.

If you look at some well-marketed all natural dog food products or other dry food sold in pet stores, they may contain blueberries or blueberry by-products. Some of these brands are becoming increasingly more popular. Although no major studies were conducted to determine if the antioxidants present in blueberries benefit dogs like they benefit humans, you can rest assured than blueberries are safe for dogs.

Blueberries are a seasonal fruit and therefore the price of blueberries will fluctuate. You decide how much you want to spend on dog treats. If you opt for blueberries, only feed your dog fresh blueberries and don't add any sugar or preservatives. Although some preservatives may be all right for human consumption, your dog's system may not know how to process added preservatives.

You should first feed your dog with its regular meal and then give him blueberries. If you want, you can replace a small portion of his dry food with blueberries but make sure to keep your dog's meal proportioned without overfeeding him.

This article talks about blueberries, not grapes or raisins. Grapes contain a particular acid that can cause reactions in dogs. Such reactions could include vomiting, diarrhea or upset stomach. Your dog's body can't break down these acids the way human bodies can.

If you have some guests over who would like to give your dog blueberries, make sure that they ask you first. After all, you're the one in charge! Your guests do not know your dog and his particular dietary needs and they don't know if your dog normally performs a trick in order to receive blueberries.

Basically, blueberries are safe for dogs and your dog should not have adverse reactions to blueberries. However, if your dog is on any kind of dietary restrictions, you should talk to your veterinarian first to see if blueberries are safe for your dog. And please remind your family and friends to ask for your permission before giving any type of food to your dog. Don't hesitate to call your vet and schedule an appointment to see if your dog can enjoy blueberries!


About the Author:

Daniel Waser is a dog lover since his childhood. Visit his blog and get great, helpful information just for dogs and download the free report "The Secrets to Raising a Happier Dog" or grab his latest dog training tips.


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