Healthy Foods Checklist: Cranberry for Dogs

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PetMD Editorial
Published: April 28, 2017


Cranberries are rich with antioxidants and nutrients that help support your pet’s immune system and decrease inflammation. Antioxidants play a major role in keeping dogs healthy. For instance, they can improve cognitive function and alleviate allergies and skin problems.

This red, acid berry is low in calories and high in vitamin C, fiber, and potassium. Fiber helps lower the risk for developing heart disease, stroke, hypertension, diabetes, and certain gastrointestinal diseases. Cranberries can improve your dog’s bladder health, reduce tartar and plaque buildup, fight bacteria, and help prevent cancer, among other benefits.

You can feed raw, cooked or dried cranberries to your dog in moderation. Avoid cranberry sauce and cranberry juice, which are high in sugar and may contain other ingredients that are potentially harmful to dogs.  

Cranberries are also used in some dog food recipes because of all the vitamins, minerals, and disease-fighting nutrients they contain.

Feeding large amounts of cranberries to dogs can cause upset stomach. To avoid this and other risks, pet owners should talk to their veterinarian before adding cranberry to their dog’s diet.