Cranberries are a popular superfood amongst humans, with many of us recognising that they're a great source of vitamins and antioxidants, as well as being particularly well known for their ability to support good urinary tract health. Not to mention that these little berries packed with goodness are a festive dinner staple enjoyed by most over the Christmas period.
Did you know though, that these berries are also a great addition to your dog's diet for many of the same reasons?
Raw cranberries contain vitamin C, fiber, manganese and other essential nutrients that can help to support your dog's overall health & wellbeing. Cranberries contain polyphenol antioxidants that are believed to benefit the cardiovascular system, immune system and even act as an anti-cancer agent.
The naturally occurring flavanoids & plyphenols in Cranberry extract is believed to help prevent plaque build-up on your dog's teeth, which is important as dental plaque is a significant cause of tooth decay. For top tips on keeping your dog's teeth in top-top condition click here.
Phytochemicals in cranberries may aid in slowing down and improving age-related declines in memory, balance, and coordination in your dog and support their overall brain function.
The antioxidants, flavonoids, and polyphenols inside cranberries are beneficial to the cardiovascular system and help blood vessels to relax, dilate & lower blood pressure. This can help to improve many heart & cardiovascular functions.
Like humans, dogs and cats are prone to infections in their kidneys, bladder and urinary tract. Cranberries are widely believed to be helpful in maintaining a healthy urinary tract which in turn is beneficial to their kidneys and bladder. Cranberries help prevent the bacteria that causes infections in these areas and prevention is key because if your dog gets one infection then they're far more likely to get an infection again.
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.