Last Updated on 11/17/2021 by Veronica Jones
The acai berry is grown in Brazil on acai palm trees. Acai is considered a superfood for humans, packed full of nutrients and antioxidants that can improve cholesterol levels and boost brain functionality. But are they really safe for dogs to consume too?
Here’s what you need to know about dogs and acai berries.
Can dogs eat acai?
Yes, dogs can eat acai in moderation. Acai berries and bowls are not considered toxic to canines but there are reasons not to give your furry friend lots of them.
How much acai can dogs eat?
Acai contains an ingredient called theobromine. A dog’s digestive system is unable to break down theobromine, which means it is left in a dog’s body and could lead to toxicity poisoning. A common cause of theobromine poisoning in dogs is chocolate. Dogs are at a higher risk of chocolate poisoning if they consume dark chocolate.
Can acai kill dogs?
In rare cases, theobromine poisoning from eating too much acai fruit can cause fatalities in dogs.
Symptoms to watch out for include:
• Excessive urination
• Pale gums
If you think your pooch has eaten too many acai berries and is suffering from theobromine poisoning, it’s important to contact your vet immediately. Treatment of theobromine poisoning in dogs depends on how severe the poisoning is and when they ingested theobromine. Sometimes medication is given to make a dog vomit up the berries, or activated charcoal is given to prevent your dog’s body from absorbing the harmful substance.
Is acai bad for dogs?
As with all human foods, giving canines too much of something can be bad for them. Even though your pooch will need to consume a large amount to make them seriously ill, even a small amount could make a dog sick or cause an upset stomach.
Can dogs eat acai bowls?
Acai bowls are essentially pureed acai berries loaded with other toppings such as bananas and strawberries. Whilst they are a healthy breakfast choice for humans, the same risks of giving your dog acai berries apply if you serve an acai bowl for your pooch’s morning meal because of the potentially dangerous ingredient theobromine.
Can dogs eat acai sorbet?
It’s not a good idea to serve your dog acai sorbet because it contains high levels of sugar and artificial sweeteners, which can be toxic to dogs. Too much sugar in a dog’s diet can cause serious health issues such as high blood sugar and diabetes.
What happens if my dog eats acai?
If given in small doses, your dog could experience the following health benefits from eating acai.
An improved dog’s immune system: acai berries are packed full of antioxidants that are known to boost your dog’s overall health.
Stronger and healthier bones: acai has high levels of calcium, which is needed for dogs to maintain healthy bones, nerves and muscles.
Lower risk of cardiovascular diseases: acai berries are an alternative option to ensuring your pooch gets omega-3 fatty acids, which are proven to reduce the risk of heart related diseases.
Anti-inflammatory effects: like other berries, acai fruit are a good source of anthocyanins, which neutralize superoxides and help relieve arthritis.
How do I prepare acai for my dog?
Small amounts of raw, fresh or frozen acai juice or berries can be given to dogs as an occasional snack or supplement. Powdered acai can be added to your pooch’s meal.
Will acai make my dog sick?
If your dog ate acai in small quantities, chances are he will be fine. However, some dogs can be allergic to acai berries or experience theobromine poisoning, which will make them sick. If you think your dog has consumed acai you should monitor him carefully. Factors such as your dog’s size, weight and breed will determine how large quantities of acai will affect him.
Can puppies eat acai?
As acai presents a risk of toxicity for dogs, it’s not recommended for developing puppies. You should consult your veterinarian before introducing new foods to your pup’s diet.
What can I feed my dog instead of acai?
Understandably, some dog owners don’t want to risk giving their dog acai. Pups can safely eat the following super fruits.
Blackberries: a good source of antioxidants that fight free radicals in your dog. They are also packed full of vitamins and minerals.
Cranberries: this super fruit is known to improve the health of a dog’s bladder, reduce plaque and tartar build up, fight bacteria and even prevent cancer.
Blueberries: often referred to as the queen of super fruits, blueberries are a great low-calorie treat for dogs. The essential nutrients help support good overall health and protect cells from damage.
Dogs and acai
If you love eating juicy acai berries and enjoying acai smoothies, you may be wondering whether feeding acai berries to your pooch is a good idea.
So are acai berries safe? It’s best to be cautious and avoid giving acai to dogs because of the potentially harmful theobromine ingredient that they contain. Always weigh up the potential benefits of giving your dog new foods versus the associated risks before giving them to your furry friend.