can gerbils eat blueberries

Can Gerbils Eat Blueberries?

Blueberries are small, sweet black and blue edible berries that grow in clusters.

They are native to North America and are grown on shrubs that are related to the bilberry.

They are known for their nutritional goodness particularly as a good source of vitamin k and vitamin c.

So can gerbils eat blueberries?

Let’s take a look at their nutritional content and find out more about them.

In particular, their acidic, water, fat, phosphorus, sugar, salt and calcium content is of most interest as far as gerbils are concerned.

Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy 240 kJ (57 kcal)
14.49 g
Sugars 9.96 g
Dietary fiber 2.4 g
0.33 g
0.74 g
Vitamin A equiv.
lutein zeaxanthin
(0%) 32 μg
80 μg
Vitamin A 54 IU
Thiamine (B1) (3%) 0.037 mg
Riboflavin (B2) (3%) 0.041 mg
Niacin (B3) (3%) 0.418 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5)
(2%) 0.124 mg
Vitamin B6 (4%) 0.052 mg
Folate (B9) (2%) 6 μg
Vitamin C (12%) 9.7 mg
Vitamin E (4%) 0.57 mg
Vitamin K (18%) 19.3 μg
Calcium (1%) 6 mg
Iron (2%) 0.28 mg
Magnesium (2%) 6 mg
Manganese (16%) 0.336 mg
Phosphorus (2%) 12 mg
Potassium (2%) 77 mg
Sodium (0%) 1 mg

source wikipedia

As you can see, blueberries contain a hint of phosphorus, calcium, fat and a little acidic content but contain a lot of sugar content.

This means that they can eat them but only on an occasional basis as they are very sweet. They should be eaten once a week at the very most, one blueberry at a time.

Too many blueberries can cause problems for a Gerbil as their stomach’s cannot deal with the content that it has.