Can Dogs and Cats Eat Cranberries?

Jocelyn Bishop
February 18, 2016

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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?

In Redbarn’s Canned Paté Cat Food, Canned Stew Cat Food, and Turkey Stew Recipe Canned Dog Food you can find Cranberries and other superfood functional ingredients. These ingredients help cater to your dog’s particular health needs. Every recipe in Redbarn’s canned food line is grain-free and features natural ingredients. They also have added functional ingredients like Dandelion Greens, Green Lipped Mussels, Brewer’s Yeast and Salmon Oil.

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    coryloves.goldenretriever

    Any kind of berry is actually good as treats for dogs. Personally, I use them as training treats and find them to be quite effective as I am able to instruct tricks easier. However, there are certain kinds which should be avoided

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      Jocelyn Bishop

      Thank you for your comment, Cory! We have a variety of recipes with cranberries and blueberries in them for cats and dogs. We’re glad you enjoyed the blog!

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