Can dogs eat berries?

Can dogs eat berries?

If you have read any of our blogs, you know by now how much we LOVE superfoods! They make up such a huge portion of what Health Extension stands for. As the warmer weather approaches, more and more of these superfoods are going to make their way into your kitchen! And who hasn’t seen their pup eagerly eyeing their plate, hoping for a tasty treat. While some human foods aren't suitable for a dog’s diet, there are plenty that are, and berries happen to be one of them. These tiny, flavorful treats can be given fresh or frozen as a delightful snack offering a plethora of health benefits for our canine companions too.

You can see berries help with things like heart disease or Canine Cognitive Disfunction (Alzheimer’s for pups) and even reducing oxidative stress. So why not dive a little deeper into a few of nature’s nutritious summer snacks that you can share with your pups. Starting with the berries we love the most!  

Blue Berries

  • High in vitamin C, vitamin K and Manganese 
  • Supports mental function in aging animals
  • Loaded with antioxidants and fiber
  • Help balance blood sugar levels

Goji Berries

  • Contain a wealth of vitamins and micronutrients
  • Can reduce inflammation
  • Improve skins and bone health
  • Contains high levels of immune supporting zinc


  • Enhances urinary tract health by reducing bacterial infections
  • Contain high levels vitamin E, C, and K
  • Good source of fiber
  • Rich in antioxidants that help prevent disease and boost the immune system


  • Rich in vitamin C
  • Contains anti-inflammatory properties that can help alleviate joint pain
  • Low in sugar and calories
  • High in minerals like manganese and fiber


  • Contain omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids
  • Packed with antioxidants
  • Great sources of vitamins C & K
  • Can help prevent constipation


  • Promotes brain health
  • Antioxidant rich to help support kidney function
  • Helps manage weight
  • Strengthens the immune system

These delicious varieties are great as a snack but we also include some of them in the meals we offer. Here are the reasons we love them!

  1. Packed with Antioxidants: Berries are loaded with antioxidants like vitamin C and phytochemicals such as anthocyanins, which help combat the harmful effects of free radicals in your dog's body. These antioxidants can contribute to a stronger immune system and overall better health.
  2. Supports Brain Health: Just like in humans, the antioxidants found in berries may help support brain function in dogs. This is particularly beneficial for older dogs or those prone to cognitive decline, as antioxidants can potentially aid in maintaining mental sharpness.
  3. Promotes Heart Health: Berries contain compounds that support cardiovascular health, including fiber, potassium, folate, vitamin C, and B6. Including them in your dog's diet may help maintain a healthy heart and improve circulation.
  4. Aids Digestion: Blueberries are a good source of dietary fiber, which can aid in digestion and help regulate bowel movements in dogs. This is especially beneficial for dogs with sensitive stomachs or those prone to gastrointestinal issues.
  5. Supports Eye Health: The antioxidants lutein and zeaxanthin found in blueberries are known to promote eye health and may help protect against age-related eye conditions such as cataracts and macular degeneration. Including blueberries in your dog's diet may contribute to maintaining good vision.
  6. May Help Prevent Urinary Tract Infections: Berries (commonly cranberries) contain compounds that can help prevent the adhesion of bacteria to the urinary tract walls, potentially reducing the risk of urinary tract infections (UTIs) in dogs. Regular consumption of them may help support urinary tract health.
  7. Low in Calories and Fat: Berries are a low-calorie and low-fat snack, making them an excellent option for dogs who need to manage their weight. You can offer berries as a guilt-free treat to reward your pup without worrying about contributing to weight gain. Blueberries are also known to be a fantastic option for diabetic dogs since they don’t spike blood sugar levels.

When feeding your dog any of these delicious berries, it's essential to do so in moderation, especially if it's their first time trying them. Start with small amounts to ensure they don't experience any digestive upset, and always wash the berries thoroughly to remove any pesticides or contaminants. You should also avoid canned fruit and those in syrups or prepped for desserts. Fresh frozen or even dried is your best bet!

As you can see, these aren't just a delicious snack for humans; they're also a nutrient-packed powerhouse for our canine companions. From supporting heart and brain health to aiding digestion and promoting overall well-being, there are countless reasons to incorporate these tasty options into your dog's diet. So next time you reach for a handful of mixed berries, consider sharing the goodness with your furry friend too!

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