My furkids are the love of my life. This much is true. And I’m sure all fur parents are nodding in agreement when I say that they’re not just our pets, they’re members of our family. Just like with our human kids, we take time to prepare their meals. We want to make sure that they’re eating nutritious food to keep them healthy and strong.

Snacks though, can be a bit tricky. Most dogs, especially the voracious eaters, would eat anything. They’d go sniffing in the yard and before you know it, they’re happily going through your blackberry bushes! Should you be concerned about your furkids snacking on these fruits? That’s a good question.

The Amazing Benefits of Blackberries

If you’re hesitating about giving a blackberry to Rover, here are the key benefits of blackberries that will make up your mind:

1. They contain anthocyanins

You probably don’t hear about this antioxidant often, but anthocyanins are found mostly in purple-colored fruits and vegetables like blackberries, purple sweet potatoes, and beetroot. This antioxidant is linked to reduced risks of cancer and prevention of heart diseases.

2. They are low in fat

We tend to spoil our beloved dogs with food and treats. It’s no wonder we have beagles, dachshunds, and corgis that are on the heavy side. But all that excess weight can lead to more serious health issues down the road. Instead of high-calorie treats, prepare a small bowl of frozen blueberries for your pooch.

3. Blackberries are rich in vitamin C

Like oranges and pineapples, blackberries are packed with the immune-boosting vitamin C. Healthy dogs may not need an excess of vitamin C. But for our furry pals who are suffering from hip dysplasia, arthritis, and degenerative joint disorders, vitamin C can aid in collagen maintenance.

4. Contain fiber

Another good reason blackberries are good for your overweight dogs is the fiber they contain that helps them lose or maintain weight. Fiber plays a big role in our furkids’ digestive processes. If your dog seems to have a constipation problem, feeding him food rich in fiber can help stimulate a bowel movement.

5. Packed with B-vitamins

From maintaining a shiny coat and healthy skin to reducing stress and anxiety, B-vitamins are essential in our furkids’ diet. Loss of appetite, lethargy, and lack of excitement can mean your dogs have insufficient levels of vitamin B.

Not All Berries Are Safe For Our Furkids

Berries are sprouting everywhere and you’d want to know whether it’s safe to allow your dog to eat them. Strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, and blackberries are perfectly safe. Toxic berries in the US are not unusual and some of these may just be in the woods where your dogs play or even inside your home! These are the berries that your dogs should steer clear of:

Keep dogs away from cherries!

Holly Berries

They may look beautiful as decoration, but they’re not safe for both human and canine consumption. Just a little bit may cause gastrointestinal upset. Large quantities may not be fatal but can cause vomiting, severe diarrhea, extreme mouth pain and more. Just to be safe, avoid these decorative plants if you have small children and pets at home.

Mistletoe Berries

Though mistletoe berries’ level of toxicity range from mild to moderate, you should just forget about hanging one and kissing beneath it. Even in the forest, these parasitic plants feed off other trees. Mild symptoms include diarrhea, vomiting, and drooling. If dogs and cats eat these berries in large amounts, they can collapse, experience seizures and even die.

Baneberry

If you spot erythema (redness of the skin) and blistering inside or around the mouth and have started to vomit, stop whatever you’re doing and call your vet immediately for advice. It’s most likely baneberry poisoning if your dogs are no stranger to the woods. It’s a good thing these berries are bitter. It’s highly unlikely for pets to eat them in large doses because of their icky taste. High doses of baneberries may lead to cardiac arrest.

Other berries to avoid are poke, juniper, nightshade, and dogwood berries. Cherries are not part of the berry family but worth mentioning as they’re fairly common and toxic to our canine pals.

Blackberry Dog Treats Please!

Mixed Berry Oatmeal

Your furkids will surely love this honey, oatmeal, butter and berry dog treat. All their favorite foods in one yummy recipe. This recipe makes a lot of bite-sized treats for your pooch, so make sure you have your dry, airtight containers ready to store them.

Berry Wholesome Dog Treat Recipe

This is a berry essential treat for the hot weather! Can’t decide on strawberries or raspberries to give to your pooch? We’ll make your mind up for you with this mixed berry cookie recipe. We suggest putting it in the freezer during hot days.

Blackberry Biscuit Treat For Dogs

If you’re still waiting for your biscuit delivery and do not have the energy to drive to town, make some nutritious doggies biscuits of your own. This 5-ingredient blackberry biscuit recipe is vet-approved!

Before You Go, Here’s A Bowl of Blackberry Precaution

Although blackberries are safe for our canine pals, it’s still important to take the necessary precautions when giving these fruits to our furkids:

  • Everything should be in moderation! Too many blackberries can also cause upset tummies to our poor pooches.
  • Consult your vet before handing any treat or fruit snack to your furbaby
  • Overweight furry pals may need to eat less. Just two or three blackberries will do. (Sorry, Pal! A healthy weight comes first!)
  • Keep berry bushes out of your dogs’ reach

Thanks for reading! Have a BERRY wonderful day.