Blueberries: The Super Food for Pets?

By Amanda Roland

We humans already know how beneficial blueberries are. They are a tasty super-food that provide numerous health benefits, but can they do the same for our beloved dogs and cats? The answer is yes! In moderation, blueberries can be an all natural, healthy alternative to those processed treats that we buy in pet stores.

Blueberries are packed with greatness. High in fiber and low in fat and calories, these bite-sized berries can keep your dog or cat happy and healthy. According to the American Kennel Club (AKC), blueberries are filled with anti-oxidants and can improve the health in aging animals and humans. For our pets with a little “extra fluff,” the fiber in blueberries make them a great diet food and can promote better digestion which could help your pet lose a few pounds.

The key to feeding your dogs and cats blueberries is to do it in moderation depending on the size of your pet. While this snack is completely safe for our animals to eat, feeding them too many blueberries a day could result in constipation or diarrhea.

Blueberries are small and easy to pack for a trip to the park, day at the beach or even a tough trip to the vet. Frozen blueberries can also be a great cold treat for those hot summer days. Just keep a full bag of blueberries in the freezer or fridge so you can grab some at any time to treat to your furry friends –or yourself!