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The leaves are falling; the pumpkins are growing; the smell of autumn is coming in through your windows and you are blissfully blissful. With this wonderful season, pumpkin pie and cranberries pop up in every dish. As magical as the season is, you know how your dog will be begging for all those fall treats at the dinner table.
You may be wondering if it’s OK for your dog to eat a bite of fresh cranberries while you cook. In small quantities, they can definitely eat cranberries! Fresh cranberries are the most recommended way to feed your dog. The tart taste of cranberries is not to all dogs.
Some dogs simply don’t like the taste of cranberries, while others refuse to eat any fruit or vegetables at all. So, while cranberries are a tasty treat for dogs when eaten in moderation, your pooch may disagree. You’re about to understand why fresh is best for your pup, so grab your pumpkin spice latte and start reading!
Benefits of Feeding Cranberries to Dogs
Your dog can benefit from the many health benefits of these antioxidants. Proanthocyanidins protect your dog’s teeth by preventing plaque and tartar buildup. Food allergies, high blood pressure, and inflammation are all conditions that quercetin can help prevent. Cranberries are also rich in potassium and manganese, which support bone health and growth.
Proanthocyanidins can help inhibit the formation of bacteria that cause urinary tract infections, such as E. coli, by sticking to the bladder wall and protecting your dog’s teeth. Cranberries can be added to dog food to help dogs with recurrent urinary tract infections (UTIs). Other benefits are described below.
vitamins C and K
One well-known vitamin is vitamin C, which is a powerful antioxidant that can help your dog’s immune system, increase energy, and relieve UTI symptoms in dogs. Vitamin K has many benefits. While most people are aware of its blood-clotting abilities, it also acts as a potent antioxidant that protects the skin from inflammation.
It can help promote bone repair and repair wounds. In addition to these benefits, vitamin K also helps with problems related to allergies. Vitamin K has been shown to reduce allergy symptoms in humans and dogs by preventing mast cells from producing histamine.
Additionally, vitamin K is essential for maintaining bone health. Dogs must get vitamin K from their diet, either through the dog food they eat or the supplements they take, since they cannot produce vitamin K themselves.
Vitamin E isn’t just good for dogs; it’s also an essential ingredient in dog food. The fat-soluble antioxidant vitamin E helps your dog’s body fight free radicals that cause oxidative stress. For Dogs, Vitamin E Supports:
- cell function
- liver health
- heart health
- maintain a strong immune system
- skin and coat, and can also help with dandruff
Risks of Giving Cranberries to Dogs
While cranberries may prevent UTIs, their usefulness is limited. Fruits with high acidity, such as cranberries, can lead to calcium oxalate stones, commonly known as kidney stones. They can develop in your dog’s bladder if too much acid is present. You can avoid this by giving them small amounts. If your dog eats a lot of cranberries, they may also suffer from severe stomach pain. If you give your dog the right amount of fresh cranberries, then there aren’t any major risks.
Raisins and cranberries can be combined in some packages, which is one reason to avoid dried cranberries. Raisins are highly toxic to dogs. Another reason is that dried cranberries are often high in sugar. Sugar is notoriously unhealthy for dogs or humans.
In addition to the risk of weight gain, it can damage your dog’s teeth. Even finding sugar-free cranberries carries the risk of an artificial sweetener containing xylitol, which is toxic to dogs. Mixing with cranberries should be avoided because of their high sodium content and other ingredients like chocolate.
How to Feed Cranberries to Your Puppy
When it comes to feeding your dog cranberries, it can be as easy as you want it to be. If your dog likes a bitter taste, you can rinse and feed fresh cranberries to them. If you want your puppy to enjoy the benefits of cranberries, but they’re not a huge fan, you can boil them in water and mix. After mixing them, you can mix a little in wet dog food to hide the taste. If you’re one of the legendary dog owners who make their own dog food, you can also add cranberries to it.
How Much Cranberries to Feed Your Dog
How Much Should Your Puppy Be? If you have a puppy of about five pounds, one to two cranberries should be enough. Depending on the size of medium to large dogs it is okay to add a few extra berries. When adding a new food to your dog’s diet, first observe how they respond to small amounts of food. Sometimes, just like humans, food doesn’t suit their stomach. This is an excellent treat for pets who need to watch their sugar intake due to diabetes or the need to maintain a healthy weight.
Let’s go back to the smell of autumn. The front lawn is covered in leaves and your pup is right by your side. Everyone, including your pup, can enjoy the season! They’ll also have a lot of fun since they’ll have access to some of the foods everyone loves this season.
While not every dog loves cranberries, those who do will happily eat human food. For dogs who hate cranberries, it might act as a deterrent when you’re in the kitchen. If they try to sniff for leftovers, offer cranberries to drive them away.
Rinse fresh cranberries before cooking or feeding them to your dog. There’s not much risk in feeding them to your dog, so why not try and see how they respond to it? Dogs can make faces too! Please share this article with dog owners who always love to share treats with their pups!
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