If you have one or more mulberry trees in your backyard, you might be worried when you see your dog eat a few of them.
To answer the question, yes, your dog can eat mulberries. According to ASPCA, mulberries are non-toxic to dogs; it’s safe for your dog. But eating too many mulberries can give your dog the runs easily, so you want to limit their consumption in a smaller amount.
What About Unripe Mulberries?
Some websites state that could cause hallucinations. In my research, after talking with several vets, I found this to be another myth.
Still, unripe mulberries can cause digestion issues. Though it is difficult to separate ripe and unripe mulberries in your backyard, you should try your best to keep your dog from gorging the unripe ones.
Nutritional Facts of Mulberries
Consuming mulberries in a small amount is beneficial for your dog. Fresh mulberries consist of 88% water and around 60 calories per cup (140 gram).
In a fresh form, they contain 9.8% carbs, 1.4% protein, 0.4% fat, and 1.7% fiber. In a dried form, they contain 70% carb, 12% protein, 3% fat, and 14% fiber.
Whether in a fresh or dried form, they are a healthy snack for dogs to eat.
Benefits of Mulberries for Dogs
Mulberries are a good source of fiber. Each mulberry is made of 75% insoluble fiber and 25% soluble fiber that helps boost your dog’s digestive system. They are reducing the likelihood of your pooch suffering from indigestion and stomach upset.
However, be sure not to let your dog eat too much to avoid him getting digestion issues.
Research has shown that mulberries protect and repair your dog’s brain cells. They also enhance your dog’s cognitive function, which is especially beneficial for dogs undergoing training exercise.
Boost Your Dog’s Immune System
Mulberries contain alkaloids are beneficial for your dog’s health when consumed in small amounts. The alkaloids activate macrophages, which support dogs’ immune systems.
Help Dogs Live Longer
All parts of the Mulberry tree contain resveratrol which has been known to have many health benefits both for humans and animals. For animals, resveratrol helps your dog live longer and healthier.
Resveratrol is also known to enhance the production of nitric oxide. This nitric oxide is useful to keep your dog’s blood vessels relaxed and supple, and thereby improving circulation.
Enhance Blood Circulation
Mulberries contain a high percentage of iron content that can instantly increase the amount of hemoglobin in your dog’s blood. This hemoglobin enhances your dog’s blood circulation by delivering oxygen to the cells and tissues of the dog’s body.
Help Maintain Your Dog’s Ideal Weight
Mulberries can help regulate glucose levels and reduce fatty acids in your dog’s body, which helps your dog maintain their ideal weight.
Build Healthy Bones
There are several nutrients in mulberries — calcium, magnesium, potassium, and phosphorus — that help to build healthy bones and joints. Those nutrients help too to prevent bone-related conditions such as osteoporosis.
Other Berries Dogs Can Eat
Can Dogs Eat Blueberries?
Yes, it’s safe for your dog to eat blueberries. Blueberries are one of those superfoods that are good both for humans and dogs. They contain a large dose of vitamins and minerals, like antioxidants, fiber, or phytochemicals that help prevent disease and extend your dog’s life.
Moreover, they are low in sugar, making them a tasty alternative treat for diabetic dogs. Try to feed your dog frozen blueberries as frozen crunchy treat and see how much your dog loves it.
Can Dogs Eat Strawberries?
Yes, your furry friend can eat fresh strawberries, but you shouldn’t feed your dog canned or strawberries in syrup. Fresh strawberries are a healthy and tasty treat. Like blueberries, they are full of antioxidants, high in vitamin C and fiber.
All nutrients contained in strawberries help slow down the aging process, boost your dog’s immune system, and help address your dog’s weight issue. These berries even contain an enzyme that can help whiten your dog’s teeth. Try frozen strawberries make for crunchy treat dogs love.
Can Dogs Eat Blackberries?
Like their blue and red cousins, blackberries are full of nutritional perks. They are full of antioxidants and fibers, have low sugar content, and loaded with vitamins A, B, C, E, and K.
Blackberries may help your dog:
- Reduce the risk of heart disease and cancer.
- Improve brain function.
- Encourage growth.
- Reduce inflammation.
- Increase energy levels.
- Strengthen the immune system.
How to Safely Feed Mulberries, Blackberries, and Blueberries to Your Dog
To reduce any chance of choking hazard, allergic or stomach upset, you want to know the safest way to feed those three berries above to your dog.
Follow these steps to prevent chocking and make it easier for your dog to digest the berries:
- Wash the berries (mulberries, blueberries, or blackberries) thoroughly before serving.
- Cut the berries up in small pieces.
- You can mash up or purree the berries and add them to your dog’s food.
- Or you can freeze a few berries for a chilled treat.
- Or stuff Kong Toy with a mixture of those three berries and freeze the toy overnight.
To anticipate allergic reactions and stomach upset, you want to start feeding in small amounts first and watch your dog for any signs of allergic or digestive issues. Should you notice anything odd, stop feeding your dog the berries, and check with your vet.
Although all berries that I’ve mentioned above pack a powerful nutritional punch, they should be given in moderation. A good rule of thumb is that they should never account for more than 10% of a dog’s total daily calorie intake.
Eating too many berries can cause adverse effects, such as:
- Stomach upset.
Raspberries and Cranberries
If your dog isn’t a fan of three berries that we’ve mentioned, you can try raspberries and cranberries. In a small quantity, they offer the same benefits as mulberries, strawberries, and blackberries.
Berries that Dogs Can’t Eat
There are some berries that are toxic to dogs. They can cause vomiting and diarrhea, seizure, excessive drolling, and trouble breathing.
Here’s the list of berries that your dog must not eat!
- Mistletoe berries.
- Dogwood berries.
- Juniper berries.
- Holly berries.