Yes. Cranberries are a great source of vitamins A, B1, B2, and C. Cranberries are also rich in antioxidants, which have anti-inflammatory properties; phytochemicals, which help slow cell degeneration; and dietary fiber, which aids digestion. Cranberries can help combat a urinary tract infection, as they can in humans, though you shouldn’t rely on cranberries as the single form of treatment for your dog’s UTI. Cranberries are good for your dog’s teeth, cardiovascular system, and eyesight.
Only share cranberries in moderation. Dogs aren’t meant to eat much fruit, so only share a few cranberries with your dog periodically. Otherwise, your dog may experience digestive upset. You can find cranberries in various forms these days, so keep these tips in mind for each option:
- Cranberry juice is one easy way to share the fruit with your dog. But check the label carefully and avoid brands that have added sugar content (that’s most brands, so you have to hunt around). It’s best to buy organic, unsweetened cranberry juice, even if it is a bit sour. Dogs shouldn’t eat added sugars.
- Fresh cranberries can be served as is, in small amounts. But some dogs may not gobble them up because of their strong taste.
- Cranberry powder can be sprinkled on your dog’s food. Be conservative, read the label, and only add small amounts to your dog’s food.
- Cranberry tablets are also available, but check with your vet about whether this is a good option for your pet.
- Do not share dried cranberries, which contain added preservatives and sugar and have lost much of their healthy vitamin and mineral content.
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