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This Summer Fruit Is Actually Good for Your Dog

A puppy sits in front of a bowl of blueberries.
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Pet owners know not all table scraps are appropriate for dogs. In fact, some unexpected ones (like grapes) can be downright toxic. One common summer fruit, though, is the perfect treat for both you and your pup.

Blueberries are a great snack for your dog, and while you should always feed your pet in moderation, this is one summer table scrap they can have.

As it turns out, blueberries have many of the same benefits for dogs that they do for humans. According to the American Kennel Club, blueberries are low calorie and have high levels of vitamin C, fiber, and phytochemical. Plus, they’re packed with antioxidants that can help repair cell damage and could even help reduce the effects of aging on dogs’ brains.

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Why not make feeding your pup some blueberries a fun game?

As for how to feed your dog, they can eat frozen of fresh blueberries. However, because the fruit is small, you’ll want to keep an eye on your pup as they eat due to choking hazards. Be sure you feed these treats in moderation, making up no more than 10% of your dog’s diet.

Of course, if your pup has any existing stomach issues or other medical conditions, it’s probably best to consult with your veterinarian before introducing new foods.

Once you get the okay, this is one human food your dog can enjoy with you (just be sure to avoid these toxic foods for dogs as you share).

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Shea Simmons is an Atlanta-based writer who has written about everything from whether Crisco is a good moisturizer to how to KonMari your space. Her work has appeared in Bustle, My First Apartment, and Make It Grateful. Read Full Bio »
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