Many of our customers – who are also dog owners – contacted us asking whether blueberries are safe for their dogs or whether dogs can eat blueberries, and whether they can include our blueberry powder to their dog’s diet. The answer to these questions is YES and YES! In fact, blueberries for dogs, are as healthy as blueberries for humans.
In this post, we summarize all the information you need as dog owner, and we explain why including blueberries, or even better wild blueberries, in your dog’s diet is an insurance for your beloved friend’s health.
Dogs are people’s best friends since forever and are an important part of our life and family nowadays. Recent evidence shows that one of the most important factors that increase the lifespan and quality of life in dogs is their diet. Therefore, taking good care of your dog is as important as taking care of yourself and your family.
While high quality dry dog food is currently widely available, these products are mainly focused on satisfying the minimum nutritional requirements for your pet at an affordable price for most of the times. However, these products do not usually contain the necessary antioxidants that need to be part of your dog’s diet and unfortunately, there are no products that include blueberries for dogs. It is recommended that dog owners feed their pets with a variety of natural foods that are high in antioxidants. Blueberries are in fact one of the best options because they are extremely tasty and healthy. In addition, dogs can eat blueberries and most importantly, dogs who eat blueberries can get the same health benefits as humans.
What makes blueberries a superfood? Blueberries contain very high amounts of anthocyanins (the antioxidant that makes blueberries a superfood), which are known to protect our body from the bad oxygen molecules. These oxygen molecules, also known as reactive oxygen species (ROS) are known to be involved in oxidative stress, which if chronic, it can cause a series of health issues such as cancer, autoimmune diseases, pancreatitis, arthritis, cardiovascular damages, etc. Recent research shows that not only is the case in humans, but dogs respond the same way to ROS as humans do, which means that a diet rich in antioxidants (e.g., one that includes blueberries) can protect from these effects.
What is more, blueberries contain a good amount of natural fiber, which is important for your dog’s digestive health Last, blueberries contain vitamin C, which also helps eliminating the free ROSs and therefore protects your dog’s organism from getting oxidized.
We have recently seen a dramatic increase in cancer rates, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and all kinds of eye problems in dogs that put their owners in a very sad situation. We always suggest that a dog’s diet is one of the most important things that an owner should consider when deciding to pet a dog. Therefore, a balanced diet that is also rich in antioxidants will guarantee a healthy lifetime for your dog and less stress for you as an owner.
In conclusion, if you are a dog owner and would like to add blueberries in your dog’s diet, we would highly recommend it. As explained above, blueberries for dogs are as healthy as blueberries for people! You can give your dog fresh/frozen blueberries or blueberries in the form of powder. However, we also recommend that you look for wild blueberries, if available, that are 100% natural and do not contain any added sugars, preservatives or colorants. If it is not easy for you to find wild blueberries in your local stores, you can order our premium quality wild blueberry powder.
We at Arctic Flavors are proud for the quality of our blueberry powder because it comes from 100% wild berries from the purest forests of Finland and does not contain anything else. If you want to give your dog the best treat, try adding a spoon of our Wild Blueberry Powder in your dog’s meals and we promise that your dog will be the happiest and healthiest! One spoon for you, and one for your lovely pet per day keep the doctor away!
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