As a dog parent, you’ve probably wondered, “what foods are safe for my dog?”. Luckily, many human foods are safe in moderation for dogs, and they can even make for a special treat for your furry friend. Cranberries are a popular snack and addition to many foods and drinks. While these tasty berries are a healthy alternative to junk food for humans, the question stands; are they safe for dogs?
Are cranberries safe for dogs to eat?
In small quantities, cranberries are safe to feed to your dog. While they contain nutrients like fiber and protein, the amounts are low enough that they don’t make for a fulfilling alternative to other vegetables such as pears, green beans, or blueberries. Though, they are high in carbohydrates and sugar per cup.
Are there any risks?
Dried cranberries often come mixed with other dried fruits such as raisins, which are toxic for dogs. If you’re going to feed your dog cranberries, be sure to read the labels to prevent your dog from getting sick. Also, too many cranberries can cause an upset stomach due to their high sugar content. This risk is even higher if you feed your dog processed cranberry-related foods such as cranberry sauce or canned cranberries.
Can cranberries help dogs with UTIs?
UTIs, or Urinary Tract Infections occur when bacteria enters into the bladder through the urethra. In humans, cranberry is thought to help prevent these infections and help with the pain associated with them. Though, this theory does not prove successful in dogs, and it’s important to seek veterinary care if you suspect your dog has a UTI.
Overall, cranberries are okay to feed your dog, but other foods offer much higher benefits with smaller risk factors.