Can dogs or cats eat blackberries?

May 4, 2023
This article is not intended to be a substitute for professional veterinary advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your veterinarian with any questions you may have regarding your pet’s care, treatment, or medical conditions.

Can dogs eat blackberries?

So you're munching on some blackberries, and your dog is giving you those puppy eyes. Good news, dog parents—blackberries are a thumbs-up for your pup, but let's keep it to a few.

Blackberries are packed with vitamins C and K, fiber, and antioxidants. Plus, they've got anti-inflammatory properties that may help ease joint pain for dogs dealing with arthritis.

But proceed with caution: too many blackberries can lead to tummy troubles like diarrhea. And if your dog's idea of berry picking involves snagging them straight from the bush, watch out for those thorns—they're a mouth and throat hazard waiting to happen.

The best way to serve these berries? Fresh or frozen, washed, and stem-free. You can even mash them up and mix them into your dog's regular food.

If your dog eats blackberries and is showing signs of illness such as lethargy, diarrhea, or vomiting, reach out to your veterinarian immediately. If they require veterinary care related to eating unsafe foods, dog insurance may help cover the cost of treatment.

Can cats eat blackberries?

You're snacking on blackberries and your cat is eyeing you curiously. Good news, cat parents—blackberries are a green light for your feline friend, but let's keep it to a nibble or two.

Blackberries come with a dose of antioxidants, Vitamin C, and fiber, all while keeping the sugar content on the low side. So, they're a pretty decent occasional treat for your cat.

But let's not get carried away. Cats are meat-lovers at heart, and fruits like blackberries should only make a cameo in their diet. Start with a small berry or a piece, and keep an eye out for any unusual reactions.

If your cat nibbles on blackberries and starts showing signs of discomfort or illness, like vomiting or diarrhea, consult your veterinarian right away. If they require veterinary care related to eating foods that aren't part of their usual diet, pet insurance may help cover the cost of treatment.

Information Purposes Only

The suggestions offered here are for informational purposes only and are not a substitute for pet-specific advice from your veterinarian. Never disregard your vet’s recommendations, or delay in acting on them, based on something you have read on this site. Regardless of how a food is rated here, any food that you give your pet can pose potential health risks, including allergic reactions, choking, or other health conditions such as bloat. Always monitor your pet while they’re eating, and never introduce a new food into your pet’s diet without first consulting your veterinarian. 

Pet Poison Emergency Protocol

If your pet is acting sick, call your regular veterinarian immediately. If your regular veterinarian is closed, call a nearby on-call veterinarian, animal urgent care, or veterinary emergency hospital. If your pet is not acting sick but you think they may have been exposed to a poison, call the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center (888-426-4435) or Pet Poison Helpline (855-764-7661).

Food Safety Statuses


Could be given almost daily without harm

Safe in moderation

Not toxic, but should not be given regularly


Toxic or simply too risky to give to your pet