Both the blueberry and the banana support heart health, are rich in nutrients, and offer support to you and your dogs as part of a balanced diet.
Yes, our dogs can eat blueberries and bananas. In fact, they may be your and your dog's favorite go-to treat, especially after we talk more about these two superfoods.
Let's have a closer look at the benefits of blueberries and bananas individually. As the amazing pair, you may not know they are. We will also reveal one of the best-kept secrets about bananas you and your fur baby can delight in together!
Like us, our dogs' bodies are made up of cells. Just one cup of blueberries has over thirteen thousand antioxidants plus flavonoids, another type of antioxidant the body processes individually. Unlike us pet parents, our dogs are exposed to more toxins such as plants, yard herbicides and pesticides, human foods, and much more.
The antioxidants in the blueberry help prevent cell damage, boost their immune cell functions, and can slow the aging process of their cellular molecules. In other words, just like us enjoying a cup of this super fruit giving your dog a few blueberries here and there will have them feeling great!
A half-cup of blueberries we enjoy provides us with twenty-five percent of our daily recommended fiber. While your dog should only have eight to ten blueberries, they still benefit from this rich-in-fiber snack.
These delightful bursting berries are also rich in vitamin C, sixteen percent of our daily value, and vitamin K, a whopping twenty-four percent for us. While your dog should never have the same amount of berries as you are enjoying, they still reap the rewards of this healthy snack.
High in omega oils, blueberries keep you and your dog's brain healthy, also helping your dog have a shiny coat. Omega oils are part of what promotes your dog's heart health. They also help with itchy, flakey, and dry skin and help with joint pain. Even our dog food companies know the benefits of our dogs eating blueberries. That's why they are now incorporated into the recipes for a balanced diet.
Like us pet parents, our dogs need a balanced, and once in a while, our dogs and we need to eat fiber-rich foods to keep things moving smoothly. A dog should not eat one whole, even a small banana at a time. This could cause things to run overly smooth. A large dog can have up to half a banana, but a small dog should only have a few chunks.
Bananas are high in vitamin C, promoting immune health. They contain potassium supporting healthy kidney and heart functions, magnesium which helps their bodies use vitamins and minerals more effectively. Both potassium and magnesium contribute to your dog's healthy bones. Bananas also contain biotin, an essential muscular supporter that contributes to healthy skin and a shiny coat.
One more benefit of the banana is it regulates hormones, builds proteins, and supports your dog's neurotransmitters, vitamin B6. However, there is one caution you should be aware of when feeding your dog a banana. Because they are naturally high in sugar, too many bananas could contribute to obesity and diabetes in some cases.
Blueberries a Perfect Treat for Dogs
Some dogs love blueberries so much that if you live in an area where wild blueberries thrive or if you grow the lovely bushes in your gardens, they just may help themselves. While the whole fresh juicy berry is loaded with natural moisture-rich delight. As we now know, suitable for our dogs overall. But, too many could cause a bit of a tummy ache, not to mention some seriously blue or black stools.
However, the whole blueberry is a fantastic treat because dogs don't always chew well. You should know they could be a choking hazard, especially for smaller dogs. Now it is not wrong to allow your dog to have the whole fresh goodness. It is best to give them one or two at a time. Dogs who love frozen treats can even enjoy the icy delight as long as you are supervising.
When you're considering training treats, the blueberry is a great option, and you can purchase them dried or dehydrated. Still, you must check the packaging and get ones that have no sugar added. You can also pick or purchase whole fresh berries and oven-dry them yourself, ensuring your dog isn't getting extra dangerous sugars in their diet.
A few other ways your dog can indulge in this super treat are on a scoop of Greek yogurt blended with sweet potato, and mashed blueberries added to their meal. Even supper mashed as a dog licking delight. Dogs who enjoy a bit of salad may also like a few dried blueberries added to their greens or some well-mashed berry as a bit of a dressing.
As fantastic as the blueberry is, your dog should not have blueberry pie or muffins that you enjoy because those added sugars are not suitable for our dogs.
Banana the Supper Treat for Dogs
A few dogs love the creamy goodness of a banana so much they may swipe them right off the counter. Suppose you have a dog with this love and talent. In that case, you should find a good hiding place for that bananas because while the skin of the banana is not seriously bad for your dog, it still contains such a level of hard fibers that it could really bind things up for your dog.
Also, remember that bananas are naturally high in sugars, which needs to be part of a balanced treat situation. Dogs that are training, working, or simply expunge a great deal of energy sometimes need those extra calories or energy bubbles to burn.
Now I'm not saying if your dog isn't super active, they shouldn't have a banana; I'm just making sure you understand that banana treats should be given with awareness. They are an excellent training treat some dogs will do anything for a banana.
However, you may not want to risk a mushy mess in your pocket, so a dried or dehydrated banana is the way. Once again, if you are purchasing them over the counter, you have to be on the lookout for added sugars. You can also oven dry bananas at home, ensuring no sugar is added to their sweet treat.
A few other ways your dog can enjoy their banana treat are mashed and placed in their bowl, chopped or dried, and added to their salad. Mixed with peas and carrots made into a dog smoothie, with a scoop of Greek yogurt, or simply added to a meal.
Which Is Better for Dogs? Blueberries or Bananas?
While the blueberry and banana are fabulous stand-alone treats for your dog, they are also fantastic for using in other goodies. In fact, if you look at the ingredients of dog treats and dog food, you'll often find blueberries and bananas here and there. Let's have a quick look at some homemade dog treats. One more revelation about the banana that will have your dog obeying every command for this secret treat.
Ground oatmeal, flour, blueberries, a banana, and a couple of eggs make a healthy dog cookie you can easily pack for hikes and long car rides. Whole wheat flour, rolled oats, creamy peanut butter, egg, flaxseed, blueberries, and bananas make a fun rollable dough.
You can make it into your dog's favorite shape for their handy treats. Fresh blueberries, a ripe banana, some strawberries, and Greek yogurt are blended, then poured into silicone trays and frozen to make a dog ice cream delight.
Mixing Other Healthy Dog Foods With Blueberries and Bananas
On the healthier side of what we feed our dogs, you could make ground turkey, oatmeal, squash, or pumpkin chunks with blueberries and bananas. Spinach, carrots, zucchini, peas, ground chicken, and brown rice, drizzled with banana blueberry sauce, one of my dog's all-time favorite meals, could be a hit with your dog too.
At the same time, homemade meals do not always consist of all the nutrients your dog needs. It is essential to consult with your vet if you will start incorporating these into your dog's diet.
Our dogs share so much love with us that it is wonderful to know we can give them the supper treats of blueberries and bananas. They get to enjoy the fresh popping berries and the creamy delights, and we don't have to worry; we are letting them have something that isn't good for them.
As pet parents, we celebrate the day they were born, the day they moved in with us, and any other reasons we can come up with to have notable events with our dogs. We have delightful dog cakes we can enjoy on those spectacular days with our dogs! Just remember, too much of a good thing could become dark blue or black runners.