Dr. Mark is a veterinarian. He has been working with dogs for more than 40 years.
Blueberries are an excellent source of antioxidants and can definitely be given to your dogs. There is even some research suggesting that dogs fed blueberries when going through an exercise regimen are protected from oxidative damage. (1) Although that research has been done in sled dogs, all of us who have working dogs and pets that hike or run around in the dog park can benefit from this supplement.
There are a lot of conflicting suggestions on how many blueberries you can give your dog each day, but I tend to prefer moderation and would not give more than a few to a small dog or up to 20 for a larger pet.
- Dunlap, K. L., Reynolds, A. J., & Duffy, L. K. (2006). Total antioxidant power in sled dogs supplemented with blueberries and the comparison of blood parameters associated with exercise. Comparative biochemistry and physiology. Part A, Molecular & integrative physiology, 143(4), 429–434. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/16520073/
This article is not meant to substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, or formal and individualized advice from your veterinarian. Animals exhibiting signs and symptoms of distress should be seen by a veterinarian immediately.
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