Blackberries are full of nutritional perks good for both humans and dogs. They are low in carbs. fat, and calories.
Anthocyanins, an antioxidant found in purple, blue, or red foods, fight free radicals and may provide health benefits, including anti-inflammatory and anti-viral effects, reduced risk of heart disease and cancer, and improved brain function.
Low sugar content should be mandatory with every dog treat. Berries are lower in sugar content than other fruits and are an excellent choice for your dog.
Fibre can help with gastrointestinal issues, such as constipation or diarrhoea.
Blackberries are loaded with vitamins A, B, C, E, and K, which help support the immune system, synthesizing hormones, activating enzymes, promoting healthy digestion, reducing inflammation and much more.
Omega-3 fatty acids are the backbone for a shiny coat, healthy skin, and strong teeth.
Although blackberries pack a powerful nutritional punch, they should be enjoyed by your dog in moderation. However, if your dog has a sensitive stomach, it is best to skip this snack. Too many blackberries can cause GI upset and they are always best introduced gradually and fed in moderation.
Freeze a few blackberries for a chilled treat.
Stuff a Kong toy with this recipe. A handful of blackberries with1 cup of plain low-fat yogurt mix and freeze in the toy overnight. If you don’t have a Kong toy then use an ice cube tray. Freeze overnight.
Or, get creative in the kitchen and try out this
Berry wholesome dog treats, makes 40 to 50 treats
2 cups assorted berries, such as blackberries, blueberries, strawberries, and raspberries, 1 small banana, ½ cup almond milk, 1 cup oat flour,½ cup oats, 2 cups whole wheat flour.
- In a food processor or blender, add the banana, berries, and milk, and puree until smooth.
- Add flours and oats in a large bowl. Mix until combined.
- Add the berry and banana mixture to the dry ingredients. Stir thoroughly.
- Place a small ball of dough on the counter. Spray a rolling pin with cooking spray to prevent dough from sticking. Roll out dough to ¼-inch thickness. Cut into treats with a cookie cutter and place on cookie sheets covered in parchment paper.
- Bake in the oven at 200C for 15 to 20 minutes.
- Allow treats to cool completely before serving to your pooch