As beagle owners, we know how much our pets mean to us. We want to make sure that they are happy and healthy, so we feed them the best food possible. One question that many of us have is whether or not blueberries are safe for our beagles. If you’re a beagle owner wondering about this too, keep reading!
Can beagles eat blueberries safely?
Yes, like most fruits (not all through) they are safe to eat for dogs, and beagles love blueberries!
Blueberries are a great source of vitamins (mainly vitamin c), minerals, antioxidants, fight free radicals, and more.
In fact, they’re often referred to as the “superfruit” and are one of the best snacks you can give beagles and other dogs.
As long as your beagle doesn’t have allergies (watch for an allergic reaction) or intolerance to blueberries, it should be fine to feed them to beagles and other dogs.
Like other fruit, blueberries are a natural source of natural sugar. So be sure to keep an eye on your beagle’s eating habits.
For senior or overweight beagles cut down on how much you feed it in order to avoid weight gain and other health problems that can develop from excessive sugar consumption.
Not all fruits are good for all dogs. Blueberries are not toxic to dogs; however, you should avoid feeding them grapes.
Grapes are poisonous to dogs and can lead to kidney failure. As you can see, it’s important to do a little research before giving your beagle any fruit.
As we mentioned before, blueberries are high in antioxidants and vitamins that your beagle needs to stay healthy and are great to give as healthy bites in small quantities.
What are some blueberry benefits for dogs?
If you’re still wondering if beagles should eat blueberries, here’s more good news: they are an amazing superfood that can provide your pet with a number of health benefits.
They have many natural antioxidants and polyphenols that fight cancer and other diseases. Blueberries are also an excellent source of vitamin C, which promotes healthy skin.
In addition to giving your pet an antioxidant boost, they can help boost your dog’s immune system so it can fight off illness.
As you can see, there are many health benefits to feeding your pet blueberries.
Do beagles like blueberries?
The reason beagles love blueberries is probably that they’re sweet.
Some beagle’s hand basset hounds have a natural sweet tooth and love to eat sugary fruits.
Traditionally, dogs were scavengers that would seek out food sources in the wild that had fallen or weren’t being used by others. Because of this, our dogs will eat pretty much anything.
Just remember that as much as they like it, you need to make sure your beagle doesn’t overdo it with the sugar.
As we mentioned before, they are a great source of vitamins and antioxidants and make a good healthy snack for canine family members.
If your dog has regular bladder infections or an upset stomach, blueberries may decrease the risk of a dog developing bladder infections.
They may also lower your dog’s risk of colon cancer. Research is still being done on these matters, but at the moment it seems to be safe to say that they are an excellent choice for doggy bites and make the perfect treat.
How many blueberries can an adult beagle eat?
Even though blueberries are a great snack and technically safe for your beagle to eat they should be used in moderation.
Giving your dog too much sugar can lead to health problems including obesity. You should only feed your beagle a few per day as a good snack and it shouldn’t cause any harm to your pet’s health if done correctly.
As long as you keep an eye on how many are being eaten at once, you will be able to avoid problems such as an upset stomach or diarrhea.
What fruit should beagles avoid?
Now we know that blueberries make great snacks, but what other fruits should beagles avoid?
Beagles should avoid giving their pet grapes.
Grapes and raisins are toxic for dogs, especially smaller dogs. They can lead to kidney failure within a day or two of being eaten by your dog.
Cherries are also poisonous to dogs and can cause them to choke on the pits.
Strawberries are okay for your dog but shouldn’t be used in large amounts. They can cause diarrhea if eaten too often, so make sure you keep an eye on how much fruit is being consumed per day.
You should stay clear of citrus fruits such as lemon, limes, grapefruit as well as persimmons as they are very sour and may cause your dog’s stomach to upset.
If you’re unsure if the fruit is safe for your dog, ask your vet before giving them any snacks to make sure that they won’t have any adverse effects on the health of your beagle.
Avoid giving your beagle chocolate as it is also very dangerous for any dog. Read our post on what to do if your beagle eats chocolate.
What other healthy snacks that your beagle can eat?
Now that you’re aware of the fruit and berries that your beagle should avoid, what healthy morsels can he eat instead?
If your dog is overweight or getting sick frequently, plant-based treats are a good option as are deer antlers and knucklebones.
Deer antlers are great for your beagle as they help to keep their teeth and gums in good shape.
Deer antlers can be found at most pet stores for a reasonable price and are an excellent way to keep your dog occupied as they chew on the antler.
Here is a great article on the American Kennel Club website discussing are antlers are safe for dogs.
Knucklebones are also great for an odd treat as they help to keep your dog’s teeth and gums healthy.
Just make sure you don’t get a small bone that is easy to chew off and swallow whole, as this could cause an intestinal blockage in your dog.
As with other foods, it’s important to check the ingredients of any treats before you give them to your dog to make sure they’re safe.
Most treats should have meat or plant-based ingredients and be free of other substances that could be harmful to your pet.
The key with snacks is moderation, so make sure you only give a small treat once in a while as opposed to daily.
If you’re looking for something a bit more traditional, banana treats are also healthy treats for your dog that pack a bunch of nutrients.
Just make sure you usually give your dog whole bananas and not banana chips or smoothies as they are full of sugar.
Bananas should be given in moderation, but if you do choose to use them for training purposes it’s best to wait until after a meal, though some people prefer to feed them when their pet is hungry.
Read our post about what to feed your beagle in our ultimate beagle diet guide.
Can beagles eat apples?
Beagles love apples. Like many fruits, apples are ideal for dogs looking to stay healthy and fit through careful consumption of high-fiber and low-fat snacks.
Apples are also packed with vitamins A and C which are essential for maintaining healthy bones, tissue, and teeth.
Feed your pet apples in moderation, don’t give your beagle the entire apple, instead remove the core and seeds first, as they contain cyanide.
Can beagles eat bananas?
While bananas are easy to digest and make for a good energy source, beagles can only eat them in moderation.
Bananas contain many healthy nutrients such as potassium, magnesium, and vitamin B6 but also excess sugar which can cause your dog to gain weight if they eat too many of these treats.
Of course, there’s nothing wrong with giving your pet a banana every now and again, but you should try to give them whole bananas and not sprinkle them into their food or make banana smoothies as the extra sugar won’t benefit your dog.