Can Dogs Have Acai? Benefits and Risks

icon July 28, 2023

What is Acai?

Acai (pronounced ah-sah-EE) berries are small, dark purple fruits that grow on the acai palm tree, which is native to Central and South America. They have become popular in health-conscious circles due to their high concentration of antioxidants, including anthocyanins and flavonoids. These antioxidants are believed to protect cells from oxidative stress and help combat inflammation.

Health Benefits of Acai

1. Heart health

Some studies suggest that the antioxidants, particularly anthocyanins in acai berries may help improve heart health by reducing oxidative stress, inflammation, and improving cholesterol levels. However, more research is needed to confirm these effects specifically in humans.

2. Immune system support

Acai berries contain vitamins and minerals that are essential for a healthy immune system, such as vitamin C and vitamin A, which can help strengthen the body's defense against infections.

3. High antioxidant content

Acai berries are rich in antioxidants, particularly anthocyanins, which help protect cells from oxidative damage caused by free radicals. Antioxidants are believed to play a role in reducing the risk of chronic diseases and promoting overall health.

4. Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Omega-3 fatty acids, found primarily in fish, are beneficial to your dog's health. omega-3 may help prevent cardiovascular disease, promote kidney health, and improve the health of your dog's skin and coat.

Is Acai Good for Dogs?

No, acai isn't safe for dogs. Acai is toxic to dogs because the fruit contains theobromine (the same toxin found in chocolate), which makes it toxic to your dog.

Pups do not break down theobromine well and cause theobromine poisoning. 

The acai berry is also rich in figuring and sapogenins, which can sometimes cause allergic reactions and other harmful effects in puppies, as well as destroy proteins in your dog's body.

However, very small amounts may not harm your pet, but it is best to avoid feeding it to your dog in any form.

How Much Acai Can Dogs Eat?

The amount of theobromine in acai is (0.0014mg/g). As a general guideline, the toxic dose of theobromine for dogs is estimated to be around 100-200 mg per kilogram of body weight. Clinical signs of theobromine poisoning in dogs may include vomiting, diarrhea, rapid breathing, increased heart rate, restlessness, tremors, seizures, and in severe cases, it can be fatal.

That is, taking more than 100g of acai can lead to dog poisoning, but every dog is different, so if your dog eats acai, it's best to observe your dog's behavior.

Symptoms of Acai Toxicity in Dogs

Most symptoms will begin to appear within two hours of ingestion, but, as theobromine is metabolized slowly, it can take as long as 24 hours for them to appear and up to three days for recovery. In severe cases, clinical symptoms of theobromine poisoning in pets can persist for 72 hours.

If your dog ingested the Acai in any form, he/she may develop the below symptoms.

  • Increased thirst
  • Frequent and high urination
  • Vomiting and Diarrhea
  • Anxious and confused
  • Pain and aging
  • Loss of appetite

What to Do If My Dogs Eat Acai?

If the dog ate acai in a very tiny amount of the fruit, don’t worry. Keep an eye on your pet, If he didn’t have any symptoms, that means your pet is fine.

If the dog ate acai in a very tiny amount of the fruit, don’t worry. Keep an eye on your pet, If he didn’t have any symptoms, that means your pet is fine. And feeding your dog acai in small amounts can lead to several health benefits:

  • Enhanced immune system: Acai berries are rich in antioxidants that can significantly boost your dog's overall health and strengthen their immune system.
  • Improved bone health: Acai contains high levels of calcium, essential for maintaining healthy bones, nerves, and muscles in dogs.
  • Reduced risk of cardiovascular issues: Acai berries provide an alternative source of omega-3 fatty acids, which have been proven to lower the risk of heart-related diseases in dogs.
  • Anti-inflammatory properties: Similar to other berries, acai fruit is a valuable source of anthocyanins, which can neutralize harmful superoxides and help alleviate arthritis-related inflammation in dogs.

However, if your dogs ingested a large amount of the acai berries at the very first, contact your vet for immediate treatment and avoid self-medication.

Can Dogs Eat Acai Ice Cream?

It’s not a good idea to serve your dog acai ice cream 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.

Can Dogs Eat Acai Bowls?

No, acai bowls consist primarily of acai purees blended with various ingredients like bananas and strawberries. Although acai berries make for a nutritious breakfast choice for humans, it's crucial to avoid giving acai bowls to your dog due to the presence of theobromine, a potentially harmful substance for them.


We recommend that you do not feed your dog acai at all. There are many other healthy fruits that do not contain toxic theobromine that can be fed to your dog in small amounts. Such as blueberries, raspberries, and cranberries.



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