Popular as a tasty, superfoods snack, cranberries are sweet and tangy berries that offer a lot of health benefits to both humans and dogs. Fresh or dried, dogs can safely enjoy this treat if given in small amounts.
How healthy are cranberries?
These juicy, tart balls are high in vitamin C, manganese, and potassium. Other health benefits of this fruit include:
- dietary fiber, which reduces the risk of hypertension and diabetes
- antioxidants, which fights free radicals
- phenols, which reduces the risk of cancer
- enhanced iron and calcium absorption
- improved bladder health
- reduced tartar and plaque buildup
- improved cognitive function
- alleviating allergies and skin problems
Low in calories and sugar content, cranberries can be enjoyed as a tasty snack for dogs and can also be fed even to diabetic ones. But like most human food, feeding large amounts of cranberries to your dog can pose some health risks.
How much is too many?
Having too much of a good thing can be bad for your dog, including cranberries. Feeding your dog too much of this fruit can cause an upset stomach and diarrhea. It’s best to feed him with very small amounts after a meal. Also, remember to ask your veterinarian first before adding this fruit to your dog’s diet.
How to feed cranberries to your dog?
You can feed your dog with fresh, dried, or cooked cranberries moderately. As much as possible, avoid pre-made options like canned or juiced ones as these commonly have high amounts of sugar added. We also advise being careful about feeding your dog with dried ones mixed with other dried fruits like raisins which are toxic to dogs.
It is safer to opt for fresh ones or choose a gourmet pet food harmoniously blended with cranberries, along with other healthy fruits and herbs like Wishbone Pet Foods. We suggest that you read our labels and discover our appetizing gourmet recipes for both dogs and cats.
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