We all love our beagles. And we want to give them the best treatment possible. Let’s talk about a great topic today: Can beagles eat blueberries?
Blueberries are a popular food among humans. They are nutrient rich, low cost and delicious. That’s why many beagle owners want to feed them to their beagles.
But can you feed blueberries to your beagles? Will they be safe? Is it good for them?
The short answer is ‘’Yes’’, you can feed blueberries to your beagles. But there are lots of things you need to know about it. We will answer every question regarding this topic in this guide.
Let’s start with the most basic question:
Are blueberries safe for beagles?
The short answer here is that yes, blueberries are safe for beagles. Whether you feed your beagle fresh, frozen, dried, or mashed; they are a safe treat.
Blueberries are loaded with antioxidants and nutrients which makes them a great addition to your beagle’s diet. However, introduce them slowly if you are feeding them for the first time.
Rare but some beagles can show a food intolerance or allergic reaction to these berries. Watch for any abnormal signs in your pet and discontinue use if you observe any of these symptoms.
Benefits of blueberries in beagles
Antioxidants: They help fight harmful free radicals in the body and reduce inflammation.
Phytochemicals: These help prevent cancer, heart disease, and other illnesses.
Vitamin K: This is an important nutrient that helps blood clot. It can also be effective in treating certain types of cancers.
Manganese: This is an essential mineral that plays a role in bone health and metabolism.
Potassium: This mineral helps regulate blood pressure, which is important for keeping your heart healthy.
Calcium: This is an important component of bones and teeth. It also helps regulate muscular contractions and nerve impulses.
Phosphorus: This mineral helps maintain the structure of bones and teeth, as well as the function of muscles, nerves, and organs.
Anthocyanins: These are responsible for the blue/purple color of blueberries. They work with antioxidants to fight heart diseases.
Do all beagles like blueberries?
Unfortunately, no, not all beagles like blueberries.
Your beagle may not like them as a snack, but that doesn’t mean they’re not a valuable ingredient in your beagle’s diet. Beagles have food preferences, and it’s important to find out what foods your beagle likes, and what foods they don’t like. Don’t force your beagle to eat something, especially if you aren’t sure whether it’s good for them.
If your beagle has never tried blueberries before, it is best to consult with your vet before introducing a new food to their diet.
Can my beagles have blueberries every day?
It’s true: there are no rules on how often beagles can eat blueberries. You can feed your beagle the recommended amount of blueberries every day if they like it, as long as you make sure you’re sticking to the “recommended amount.”
However, we would recommend varying their treats. Different treats have different nutritional properties and give your pup a variety of health benefits, so it’s a good idea to change it up!
Can puppies eat blueberries?
We don’t recommend it unless your vet approves it.
Puppies have a delicate digestive system and should be on a specialized puppy diet for their first few months of life. Adding unfamiliar foods to this diet can cause issues with digestion, throwing off their balance.
How many blueberries can beagles eat?
The first and most important thing to remember is that you should consult with your vet before giving your beagle any new food. This can help you determine the best serving size for your particular pet, which is important because beagles come in all different shapes and sizes.
For most small beagles, 10 blueberries would be an appropriate amount. If you have a large breed of beagle, they could handle more. For instance, our enormous Great Dane can eat a whole handful of blueberries with no issues—but a beagle might get sick if we fed him more than 10 at a time.
Generally, it’s a good idea to follow the rule that all treats combinedly should not be over 10% of the total diet of your beagle. So if you have a small beagle who eats 1 cup of food per day, then you’d want to make sure that their treats were no more than 0.1 cups per day (or about 2 tablespoons).
How to serve blueberries to your beagles?
Blueberries can be a healthy and delicious treat for your beagle. Your first step should always be to check with your veterinarian, but assuming that you get the go-ahead from them, consider:
1. Feeding your beagle organic blueberries only.
2. Clean the blueberries thoroughly before serving them to your beagle (as you would for yourself).
3. Making sure that the blueberries are fresh and not moldy or spoiled.
4. Serving them frozen on warm days as an extra-refreshing treat.
You can feed your beagle one blueberry at a time as a snack, or sprinkle them on their regular food to give it extra flavor and boost of antioxidants. You can also blend blueberries and plain yogurt in a blender and freeze it in ice cube trays for a frozen snack that’s just as healthy as it is delicious! You can also add some other beagle-friendly fruits to this mix, like strawberries or raspberries, to make it even more flavorful.
When are blueberries bad for beagles?
With some exceptions, blueberries are not bad for beagles. However, they can be a source of sugar and other compounds that can cause issues with your beagle’s gastrointestinal system if they eat too many at once.
If your beagle has underlying health issues like diabetes or obesity, then you should avoid feeding them blueberries. Furthermore, if your beagle is prone to overeating, you should be careful about giving them blueberries because you could inadvertently cause them to overindulge.
Finally, if the blueberries are store-bought and have been preserved with preservatives or sweeteners, those additives could make the blueberries harmful for your beagle.
What happens when your beagles eat too many blueberries?
When your beagle eats too many blueberries, there are several things that can happen to the animal. The most common symptoms include:
Vomiting: Vomiting is the body’s way of expelling something that it perceives to be harmful. This can happen immediately after your beagle has eaten blueberries or within a few hours afterward.
Diarrhea: Diarrhea is also the body’s way of expelling something that it perceives to be harmful. When your beagle has diarrhea after eating blueberries, you will see watery, loose stool in its waste.
Bloat: Bloat occurs when your beagle’s stomach distends from gas, fluid, or food. This can be dangerous and may cause death if left untreated.
Abdominal pain: Abdominal pain occurs when your beagle feels discomfort in its abdomen, either due to gas buildup or physical exertion such as running around outside on hot days without drinking enough water beforehand.
Choking: Choking is when a foreign object becomes lodged in your beagle’s airway and prevents it from breathing properly.
What to do if your beagles eat too many blueberries?
The first thing to do is not panic. Most of the time eating too many blueberries is not fatal to your beagle.
Stop feeding blueberries immediately. If you have any leftovers in your hand or on the floor, remove them.
If your beagle has been eating too many blueberries, it’s important to monitor him over the next few hours. While he should be fine, in some situations, beagles can develop diarrhea and upset stomachs from eating too many blueberries.
In most cases, your beagle should be fine within a few days but if his symptoms get worse or he vomits, then it’s best to contact your vet.
Can my beagle eat blueberry muffins?
Sorry to say this, but no.
Blueberry muffins may contain toxic ingredients that can cause bladder stones and other problems in beagles. That’s not even considering the sugar in the muffins and their effect on your beagle’s health.
You can feed your beagle fresh blueberries if you need to give them a natural antioxidant boost, but avoid other processed blueberries as well because they are sometimes preserved with sulfur dioxide, which is toxic for beagles.
Other human foods Beagles can eat
What other human foods can beagles eat? Here is a list of some other human foods your beagles can eat.
So, can beagles eat blueberries?
Yes, beagles can eat blueberries in moderation. Blueberries are rich in antioxidants, phytochemicals, and fiber, making them an excellent treat for beagles. However, too many of these sweet fruits may cause gastrointestinal upset in some beagles.
While blueberries are safe for most adult beagles to eat, puppies should probably avoid them because they can be a choking hazard. If your beagle has any health issues or food allergies, consult your veterinarian before giving him any new foods.
beagles should never be allowed to eat moldy blueberries as they can contain mycotoxins that are toxic to animals and humans alike.