If you have a dog, you have likely experienced your furry friend begging for a taste of whatever meal you’re eating, curious to try something new. While it can be okay to let your dog experiment, it’s essential to ensure the food is safe for dogs.
Blackberries are a popular temptation for dogs. They’re sweet and aromatic and thus easily attract a dog’s attention.
However, some fruits can be poisonous to puppies, so it’s reasonable to be nervous about introducing a new berry. Luckily, blackberries are perfectly safe for your dog to eat. Read on to learn more about safely feeding your dog blackberries.
Can Dogs Eat Blackberries?
Yes, dogs can eat blackberries.
Blackberries are safe for dogs to eat. Blackberries contain no toxic ingredients for dogs, and there are no large seeds or pits that would present a choking hazard.
Furthermore, blackberries are relatively low in sugar compared to other fruit types, so they are less of a dietary concern if you feed them to your dog in moderation.
Additionally, blackberries are high in antioxidants and are a good source of calcium, vitamin C, and manganese.
Are There Any Safety Concerns Feeding Blackberries to My Dog?
Generally speaking, there are no major safety concerns when feeding blackberries to a dog. Blackberries aren’t poisonous to dogs and usually aren’t a choking hazard, so you can provide them to your pup safely.
The only health concern regarding blackberries is moderation. Although blackberries have less sugar than other fruits or berries, they shouldn’t be a significant part of a dog’s diet. Dogs require a protein-based diet to be healthy and don’t need a lot of sugars. Excess sugar will put your dog at risk for diabetes, weight gain, and tooth decay.
If you occasionally let your dog try one or two blackberries, it should be fine. Just don’t make a habit of regularly feeding your dog fruit-based treats.
How Many Blackberries Can I Feed My Dog?
The portion size for blackberries depends on the size of your dog. The number of blackberries you feed your dog should also be proportional to how much regular food your dog eats in a day.
If your dog is small, they shouldn’t eat more than one or two blackberries at a time. Any more than that would be far too large a percentage of their daily calorie intake. A large dog can handle slightly more blackberries and should be okay eating a handful.
Blackberries should be considered a treat food, not a regular meal, and should be given to your dog sparingly.
How To Prepare Blackberries for Dogs
You can safely give whole blackberries to medium and large dogs. If your dog is on the smaller side, you may want to cut the blackberries into pieces to avoid choking risks.
There are some human foods that dogs can eat safely, as well as some human foods dogs can’t eat.
If you have a dog, you might be used to seeing adorable puppy eyes begging for a bite of, well, anything that you happen to be eating.
While it’s natural to want to share human food with your furry pal, many of the foods we eat are toxic to dogs. Some reasons foods may be harmful to your pup include:
- Foods that are a problem due to our physiological differences (foods we can handle that a dog’s stomach can’t)
- Other foods aren’t toxic, but are still potentially dangerous for dogs because they are hard to digest
- Another category of foods that are a problem for dogs are foods that may contain high levels of fat
Some tips and words of caution if you are feeding your pet human foods:
- Always keep in mind that new foods of any kind, including switching to a different dog food, can cause stomach upset.
- When you find a human food you’d like to share with your pup, go slowly. Give small amounts at first and watch for any problems like vomiting or diarrhea before giving more.
- Remember that treats should make up less than 10% of your dog’s diet. So all of the foods that are safe for your dog should be given in moderation to avoid weight gain and nutrient excesses and deficiencies.
What To Do if Your Dog Eats Something He Shouldn’t
Now that you know what foods are safe for dogs, it’s a good idea to know what to do if your pup eats food that’s toxic to dogs.
If your dog does end up eating something he shouldn’t, try not to panic. You have a few options for getting the help your dog needs:
- The first is to call your dog’s veterinarian, who can advise you to either come into the office or to watch for signs of poisoning, obstruction, or other potential problems.
- If it’s after hours, you can try calling an emergency veterinarian.
- Another option is to call a pet poison control line. Be aware that there is a fee to use these services. Two that we can recommend are the ASPCA Animal Poison Control at (888) 426-4435 and the Pet Poison Helpline at (855) 764-7661.
In some cases, you might be told to induce vomiting in your dog. It is helpful to keep hydrogen peroxide on hand in case you need to do this.
Do not induce vomiting unless your veterinarian or someone from one of the pet poison control hotlines advises you to do so, however, because in some cases, vomiting can make the situation worse. [efn_note]Is it ever safe to induce vomiting? ASPCA.org. November 19, 2019. Accessed April 28, 2021.[/efn_note]
Blackberries are safe for dogs to eat and can be a fun treat in moderation.
Since they don’t offer significant nutritional benefits to your dog’s diet, it is still wise to avoid regularly feeding them to your pup.
If you’re looking for more information about which human foods are (and aren’t) safe for your dog to eat, check out our series of guides below: