Are Blueberries Safe For Dogs?

By Richard Cross | Dog Q&A

I’ve heard blueberries are poisonous to dogs, is this true? What other foods shouldn’t a dog eat?


This is a surprisingly common question, as many different foods can be dangerous for dogs even if we don’t expect them to be. Things like chocolate and tea for example can be extremely poisonous for a dog to eat, even in small amounts, so you should always be careful.

But are blueberries safe for dogs? The short answer is yes, in moderation. A few blueberries eaten on a walk isn’t going to harm your dog, but if he eats too many you might find he gets diarrhoea. Like most things, blueberries are good in moderation but should not form a large part of your dogs diet.

So in short, as a treat blueberries are safe for dogs. Just don’t give them too many.

There are other foods that aren’t safe for your dog, and you should be careful not to leave these lying around the house.

Some of the more dangerous foods for dog include:

  • Alcohol
  • Onions and Garlic
  • Chocolate
  • Salt in large quantities

To provide your dog with the best possible diet you should try to make sure it has a balanced diet. This can include treats, but on the whole should be made up of a high quality dog food. Cheaper dog foods usually contain much more filler than meat and hence aren’t that great for your dogs health.

There’s been quite an uproar about dog food recently actually, with one site claiming that most store bought dog food is actually damaging to dogs health. I like to make home-made dog food whenever possible, and you can find out more about how to do this at here.

About the Author

Richard Cross is a dog writer from the UK. He's written hundreds of articles and guides on dog behaviour, training and health. When he's not walking or playing with his two golden retrievers, he enjoys watching sports and reading.

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