Thanksgiving makes it especially hard for our furry friends to contain themselves. The smells are bountiful and the food is everywhere, making it hard not to share our food with our dogs. Cranberries, in particular, are a healthy and tasty snack during this time of the year, but are they safe for our dogs?
Both cranberries and dried cranberries are safe to feed to dogs, but only in small quantities. Some dogs may not actually like the tart taste of cranberries, but many love it. Moderation is important as always, as too much of anything can lead to an upset stomach. Make sure the cranberries aren’t mixed with other fruits such as raisins, as they are very toxic to dogs. Some cranberry dishes and juices can also be risky. Stay away from juices that contain grape juice dishes that contain large amounts of sugar, alcohol, or other ingredients.
What about cranberry sauce? Cranberry sauce is also safe for dogs but again, only in small quantities. The high levels of sugar can cause an upset stomach. Make sure to avoid any recipes that include grapes, raisins, or any type of alcohol as they are popular ingredients in sauce recipes. As always, make sure to monitor your dog carefully after feeding any new food just to be safe. The last thing you need during Thanksgiving is a sick dog!
What you may not have known is that Cranberries as an ingredient is actually rich in antioxidants that help support and maintain a healthy urinary tract and immune system. That is why we chose it as one of the 20 Superfoods we use in our recipes. In combination with our other 19 Superfoods, cranberries work together with our high-quality proteins that make a healthy and holistic pet food— food that helps promote your pet’s overall health and well-being.