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No, dogs can not eat acai berries since it contains the compound theobromine. This substance is not digestible by dogs and can cause poisoning when eaten in substantial amounts. Theobromine is also found in dark chocolate and tea leaves, both of which are poisonous to dogs.

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Caution: This food is generally considered risky by the veterinary community. Dogs should not eat this food and should be monitored for adverse effects.

Food Safety Safe to consume in very small amounts.
Nutritional Issues Contains theobromine, which is poisonous to dogs in significant amounts.
Potential Risks Theobromine poisoning can be lethal
Symptoms Increased thirst, excessive urination, irregular heartbeat, nausea, vomiting, and muscle tremors.
Every dog is different. For specific feeding guidelines, including quantities and beneficial foods that are best for your dog, please consult your vet.

How Many Acai Berries Are Bad for Dogs?

One or two berries are generally ok for dogs but any more than that bares increased health risks. It is estimated that around 20 g of concentrated acai powder can be toxic to dogs.

What Makes Acai Unsafe?

Acai berries contain a chemical compound called theobromine. While it is safe for humans, it is incompatible with a dog’s digestive system. Too much of this compound can be toxic to dogs.

Symptoms of Poisoning from Acai

If your dog has consumed a significant amount of acai berries, it will begin to exhibit these symptoms:

  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Muscle tremors
  • Restlessness
  • Nausea
  • Increased thirst
  • Excessive urination

What to do if Your Dog is Sick from Acai?

If you observe any of the above-mentioned symptoms in your dog after it has eaten acai berries, seek immediate medical assistance. Any signs of poisoning should be treated immediately to ensure your dog’s safety.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Since acai bowls have a variety of other ingredients, they might not contain the amount of theobromine that can be harmful to dogs. However, it is important to be vigilant and be on the lookout for any symptoms if your dog eats from an acai bowl.

  • One or two acai berries are generally not toxic to dogs. However, a significant amount of berries can cause symptoms of theobromine poisoning.

About the Writer
Dan Greco , Dog Dad

Having been a dog dad for 5 years, I know how hard it is to make sure your dog gets the right nutrients and stays away from hazardous foods. With the help of a veterinarian who specializes in nutrition, I created this blog to help dog owners quickly access food information they need.

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About the Contributor
Dr. Hillary Wolfe , Veterinarian & Certified Food Therapist

Dr. Wolfe holds a doctorate in veterinary medicine from Kansas State University and holds nutrition certifications from the NAVC and CIVT. Her business, Tula Veterinary Nutrition, hosts online courses that teach owners how to cook for their pet for optimal health and longevity. Follow her on Instagram at @doctorwolfe.dvm for dog nutrition tips, recipes and insights.