Is it safe for dogs to eat blueberries and bananas? If not, why? Please explain.
Blueberries and bananas are very healthy for dogs. Blueberries are a great source of a type of antioxidant called anthocyanins. They also contain vitamin C (another antioxidant that also supports the immune system), vitamin K, manganese, and fiber. Bananas contain a lot of potassium as well as B vitamins, vitamin C, and other antioxidants and phytonutrients. Blueberries and bananas are best thought of as treats for dogs but can also be incorporated into a homemade diet. A veterinary nutritionist should always be involved in preparing appropriate recipes based on a dog’s particular needs. Recipes that are available online or in books are almost never nutritionally complete and balanced. Any new food can cause gastrointestinal problems in dogs. Feed just a small amount at first to see how your dog reacts. Keep treats of all sorts, including blueberries and bananas, to just 10% of a dog’s diet to avoid nutritional imbalances. Call your veterinarian for advice if your dog gets into a large amount of any type of new food.