Can Dogs and Cats Eat Cranberries?

Redbarn Team February 17, 20161 comment

Whether you’re enjoying cranberries on their own or you’re getting creative in the kitchen, you may end up wondering “Can my dog eat cranberries?” or “Can my cat eat cranberries?” or both! Learn more about the health benefits of cranberries for dogs and cats below.

What are Cranberries?

Chances are that you know what a cranberry is. You’ve probably had it in some shape or form, whether it was during a holiday, as a healthy snack, or even a juice. Aside from their delicious taste, what else do you know about cranberries?

Cranberries, also known as “Vaccinium macrocarpon” in the scientific community, are native to North America, most often found in the Northern part of the US. They’re also one of only three native fruits that are commercially grown! The first people to use cranberries were the Native Americans, who used them not only for food but for medicine and fabric dye as well.

Are Cranberries good for pets?

Yes, they are! While many beneficial people foods can be fed directly to your pet (in moderation), cranberries don’t fall into that category. After reading about the health benefits of cranberries for your pet, head to the following section to learn more about how to feed them to your pet.

Cranberry is a natural source of vitamins C, E, and K. They contain manganese, copper, potassium, iron, and magnesium as well.

Vitamin C helps support immune functions and manganese is necessary for the formation of bone and joint cartilage and neurological function.

Cranberries are also low in calories and fat, but still high in fiber. But the thing they’re probably best known for is their high antioxidant content. The high antioxidant levels come partly from proanthocyanidins, which are also responsible for their vibrant color.

Additionally, cranberries are often used for their healthy urinary support benefits and may also provide antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-cancer benefits.

How should I give my pet Cranberries?

It’s not advised to feed your pet raw cranberries. Some pet owners prefer to supplement cranberries into their pets’ diet through tablets or soft chews.

One of the easiest ways to give your pet cranberries? Pick a food or treat that features it as an ingredient to help complement their overall nutrition!

Which Redbarn Products Contain Cranberries?

You can find cranberries and other superfood functional ingredients in a number of Redbarn's Bully Stick products, including Bully Slices and Bully NuggetsThese ingredients help cater to your dog’s particular health needs. Some also have added functional ingredients like Salmon Oil.