If you love cooking as much as I do, you probably spend a lot of time in the kitchen trying new recipes. And if you have a pet dog, it probably means he will be at your side, asking in silence for a treat. Today I was trying a cranberries sauce recipe when a cranberry fell to the floor and, well, my dog was quicker than me. Then I remembered raisins were toxic for dogs, so I asked myself: can dogs eat cranberries, or are they toxic to them?
Well, let’s find out.
Benefits of Cranberries
Cranberries are known to be a superfood with multiple health benefits. They are very nutritious and rich in vitamins and antioxidants. This berry is rich in vitamin B (B1, B2, B3, B6), vitamin A, C, and K. It also contains iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, and zinc.
There have been some studies that suggest cranberries can help women with recurrent UTIs. This fruit is rich in proanthocyanidins (PACs), an antioxidant than prevent certain bacterias from attaching to the urinary system walls.
Cranberries can also help to maintain excellent oral health. According to this source, the PACs present in this berry prevent bacteria from adhering to the surface of teeth.
Other studies revealed that the cranberries’ compounds slowed down the growth of carcinogenic cells, affecting the process of the spread and growth of cancer.
Undoubtedly cranberries are healthy fruit, but do it mean dogs can eat them? Are cranberries suitable for dogs too?
Are Cranberries Healthy for Dogs?
Luckily for my dear June, cranberries are not toxic for dogs. So, in short answer: dogs can eat cranberries. But are they healthy for dogs?
Besides being rich in vitamins, this berry is a low-calorie fruit and also rich in fiber. Rich fiber food can lower the risk of hypertension, diabetes, and gastrointestinal diseases.
Therefore, adding some cranberries to your dog’s diet can help him maintain excellent oral health and reduce the risk of cancer. It also can improve your dog’s bladder health and keep UTIs at bay.
Are There Any Risks?
Although cranberries can be very healthy and nutritious, there are some considerations to be taken before you feed some of these berries to your dog:
- Cranberries are highly acidic. This increases the excretion of oxalate in the urine, increasing the risk of kidney stones. Therefore, if your dog is prone to suffer kidney stones, it’s better not to feed him with this fruit. If you are not sure about this, ask your veterinarian.
- Though cranberries are not toxic, you should watch out the number of cranberries your dog eats. If he eats too many cranberries, this can upset his stomach and cause him vomit and diarrhea.
What to Do If Your Dog Ate Too Many Cranberries?
Many dogs don’t know when to stop eating. If by accident your canine ate too many cranberries, you should do as follow:
- Take your dog outside. If he ate a high number of cranberries, then he’ll probably get diarrhea.
- Store the cranberries in a safe place. Dogs are very smart (or dumb.), and he will try to eat them again if you don’t secure the cranberries.
- If your dog gets diarrhea, he might get dehydrated. So make sure he has plenty of water.
- If he gets too sick, take him to the vet.
Can dogs eat cranberries sauce?
Cranberries sauce is popular on holidays. But commercial brands have high doses of sugar and other additives that might not be healthy for dogs. Besides, some popular cranberry sauces are mixed with raisins, which are toxic to dogs.
So, due to high doses of sugar, artificial additives, and the possibility of other dangerous ingredients, feeding cranberries sauce to your dog is not worth the risk.
Can dogs eat dried cranberries?
Contrary to raisins, dried cranberries are not toxic to dogs. In small amounts, dried cranberries make an excellent and healthy snack for your furry friend. Just remember your dog doesn’t need extra sugar, and some brands coat their product with sugar.
So, if your dog is asking for a treat, give him some dried cranberries.
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Cranberries are very healthy for dogs. They are rich in vitamins and nutrients but must be given with moderation to your pet. Besides, if your dog eats too many cranberries, his stomach can get upset, causing him vomit and diarrhea.
Cranberries are highly acidic. If your dog is prone to kidney stones, DO NOT feed him with cranberries, no matter if they are raw or dried.
So, do your dog loves cranberries? If so, how does he eat them? Tell us in the commentaries.