According to Jan Dempsey, Purina Senior Nutritionist, “Treats should make up no more than ten percent of your dog’s daily calories—even if the treats are a low-calorie and healthy option like blueberries. We always promote a one hundred percent complete and balanced diet as the main part of any pet’s diet.” Once you have your veterinarian’s recommendations, feel free to serve the suggested amount of blueberries to your dog. Fresh blueberries make a delicious treat, but frozen are especially tasty on warm days.
“Freezing a fruit gives your dog variety because it changes the texture for him,” says Dempsey. You can feed your dog one blueberry at a time as a sweet treat, or sprinkle them on their food. Some dog foods, like Beneful Playful Life, do contain blueberries. This fruit is typically added to dog food to add variety to your pup’s diet. Your dog’s food may not contain this berry in significant enough amounts to provide any nutritional benefits, however. As a dog owner, it’s smart to always ask questions like “Can dogs eat blueberries?” By doing your research and consulting with your veterinarian, you can feed your dog these special treats with confidence. Always talk with your veterinarian before feeding your dog any kind of people food to ensure it’s safe. Watch him after feeding any new foods to watch for adverse reactions.
Explore other fruits and berries dogs can eat, as well as foods that may not be safe for him. Blueberries, which are available year round either fresh, frozen or freeze dried, are a great treat for your dog. The deep blue color comes from anthocyanidins, which are potent antioxidants, and the berries also supply Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Vitamin E, phytochemicals, manganese and fiber. Phytochemicals are chemical compounds produced by plants including both fruits and vegetables. Some phytochemicals are thought to help protect against some cancers. Blueberries are known to be one of the most nutritional berries for dogs. With a cup of blueberries containing just 84 calories it makes them an amazing source of these important vitamins for dogs. Plus canine studies suggest that antioxidants like those in blueberries can provide significant improvements in cognitive functions in aging dogs. When giving your dog blueberries, start introducing them slowly in small quantities. It's easy to gorge on this tasty fruit which can cause an upset stomach in both canine and humans. For easy food prep: Simply rinse and serve whole, or mash lightly. Add them as a topper to your dog's kibble or use them as treats. Try making this homemade dog food recipe for delicious blueberry scone treats for your dog. With just 4 simple ingredients you can make your dog this easy frozen treat. Gather up yogurt, peanut butter, honey, blueberries and an ice cube tray to get started. First, melt 1/2 cup of peanut butter in the microwave for about 30 seconds, or until creamy. Next, place 4 cups of yogurt, the peanut butter, 2 tablespoons of honey, and 1 cup of mashed blueberries into a blender and mix until smooth. Pour the mixture into empty ice cube trays and freeze until firm. Finally, pop the treats out of the tray and let your dog enjoy this frozen treat! What you will need: Cookie sheet Parchment paper Wooden spoon cooking pot (preferably stainless steel) Ingredients: 2 cups granulated sugar 2/3 cup light corn syrup 3/4 cup water 2 teaspoon flavoring (or as desired) 2 teaspoon medicated oil**(tincture) 1/4 teaspoon coloring (optional) Note: Measure your flavoring and food coloring before starting. These ingredients need to go in quickly, so having them prepared in advance will make things easier. **For hard candy a oil infused with keef or hash makes a stronger candy** Place cookie sheet upside down on counter top with the bottom facing up.
The air underneath the sheet will help your candy cool. Prepare cannabis candy molds with nonstick spray and place on the upside down cookie sheet. Or lay parchment paper on the cookie sheet and spray with nonstick spray if you aren’t using molds. Over medium heat in your stainless steel pan, stir together the sugar, water, corn syrup, and cream of tartar. Stir with wooden spoon until the sugar is dissolved.
Use your spoon or a pastry brush with a little water to remove sugar crystals from the sides of the pan if they form. Continue stirring until the mixture comes to a boil. Don’t let the thermometer touch the bottom of sides of the pan.