Can Your Dog Eat Berries? Everything You Should Know

Written by Wen Duan

can your dogs eat blueberries? 

Yes, it is a healthy treat. 

Blueberries are rich in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, fibers, with many benefits. Blueberries are a healthy treat option for your dog. They are low in calories and sugar, making it a great option for diabetic dogs. 

As with all food start with moderation and feed a couple of blueberries and observe their behavior and poo. If there are no issues then you can feed them a couple of blueberries on a regular basis.  To get the correct portions for your dog, consult with your vet on what amount is appropriate for your dog's size.  

Just some things to keep in mind when it comes to blueberries: blueberries are small and can potentially be a choking hazard for your dog. 

can your dogs eat Blackberries? 

Yes,  blackberries are a great treat for your golden. 

Like blueberries, blackberries are a great treat for your dog. They are loaded with antioxidants and plenty of fiber and vitamins too. Blackberries are also loaded with vitamins A, B, C, E, K. 

Blackberries should be given in moderation. Be aware, blackberries contain naturally occuring xylitol. Xylitol is widely used as a sugar substitute. Though it is a very small amount, make sure your dog does not ingest too much. Small amount can add up to cause issues.  Nutrient rich treats, like other treats, should never account for more than 10% of your dog's total daily calorie intake. 

can your dogs eat Strawberry? 

Yes,  strawberries are a healthy treat for your dog. 

Strawberries, fresh or frozen, helps pets strengthen immune system has anti-aging properties. Strawberries are full of antioxidants, fiber , and vitamin C. 

Fresh or frozen strawberries are a good treat. However, you should never feed your golden strawberries in syrup or canned strawberries. 

Strawberries can help whiten your golden's teeth. Other benefits to feeding your golden fresh fruit is that it helps slow down the aging process, help with weight management and improve their immune system. 

can your dogs eat Raspberries? 

Yes, as a healthy treat. 

Raspberries are low in sugar, high in fiber, and high in vitamin C. They are great for older dogs as they have anti-inflammatory properties. They should be given in moderation. They contain very small amounts of naturally occurring xylitol. In large amounts xylitol can be fatal. 

can your dogs eat cranberry? 

Yes, as a healthy treat. 

Cranberries help fight urinary tract infections. It's great, if your pet can handle the tartness. Cranberries can be served as a treat raw, cooked or dried. With that said, avoid cranberry sauce and juice as they are too high in sugar. 

As with any other foods, cranberries should be feed in moderation. Too many cranberries and cause and upset tummy. 

Best serving practices: Berries 

Berries can be served raw, frozen and or added into other safe foods. They are great when added to yogurt or coconut oil as a cool summer treat. It can be served to your dog blended or whole, fresh or frozen. 

Frozen Coconut oil and Berry Treat Recipe:

Home made yogurt summer parfait treat

Other Great Treat Ideas for Your Golden Retriever

If you're looking for other great treat ideas for your golden retriever, check out our new book! It's filled with easy homemade treats that are good for you dog and your dog will love them.

Berries Your Dog Shouldn't Eat

  • Mistletoe berries
  • Gooseberries
  • Salmonberries
  • Holly Berries
  • Baneberries
  • Pokeberries
  • Juniper Berries
  • Dogwood Berries 

As a general rule, avoid wild berries as they could be toxic to pets. 

About the author

Wen Duan

Wen is a proud dog mom and a frequent contributor to our blog.