Are cherries, blackberries, grapes, and Brussel sprouts good for dogs?
Dogs are man’s best friend. They’re by our side every day. They wait for us to come home. They love us, and we love them. You should maintain a well-balanced diet for your dog. High in nutrients, low in fillers. Sometimes, we love to give our dogs extra treats. When doing this, you need to be careful about what your dogs can eat. We’re here to help you decide what you can and can’t give your dog.
Cherries can be fed to your dogs. They’re sweet, they love them, and a cherry or two is okay. What you need to be worried about however, is the parts of the cherry your dog shouldn’t eat. The pits, the stems, and the leaves are dangerous for dogs. All of these contain cyanide, which is dangerous for dogs (and for people). In high enough quantities, these will poison your dogs. On top of this, pits can get lodged in your dog’s digestive system and cause a block. Symptoms of this include vomiting, constipation, and decreased appetite.
Now, as far as cherries without pits, Maraschino cherries are artificially sweetened, and those aren’t great for your dogs. Try and avoid feeding them Maraschino cherries, and if you feed them unprocessed cherries, remove the pits.
Blackberries (just like strawberries and blueberries) are perfectly safe for your dogs! They’re full of antioxidants. They have free radicals, fiber, and vitamins. And unlike strawberries, the amount of sugar in blackberries is low enough that you can feed your dog as many blackberries as you want.
Do not, for any reason, feed your dog grapes. Grapes, and raisins as well, are toxic to man’s best friend. We’re not sure why they’re toxic, but they are. Do not give your dog a grape, a raisin, or anything containing them. If your dog gets a grape or raisin while you aren’t looking, monitor them. Raisin/grape poisoning can cause the following symptoms: vomiting, diarrhea, loss of appetite, weakness, dehydration, tremors, and more. Be careful and watch them closely.
In short: Yes. Your dog can eat Brussel sprouts. They’re high in antioxidants, they’re a great source of fiber. Brussel sprouts also contain large amounts of vitamin C, K, A, B1 and B6. They can help reduce inflammation, promote better blood circulation, and help stop free radicals. Brussel sprouts offer humans the same benefits! However, be warned: Brussel sprouts can make your dog incredibly gassy. On top of that, Brussel sprouts are good for “clearing you out.” This means you should be careful not to give your dog too many. Too many Brussel sprouts at once will likely give your dog a diarrhea effect, which everyone should avoid.
Keeping man’s best friend healthy is important to all of us. Now you know a few more things that you can and can’t give to your furry little friend.