Cranberries are a fruit found in the family of berries (Vitis). They belong to the same group as apples, pears, cherries and blackcurrants. There are several species of cranberries: Black currant, Red currant, Blueberry, Strawberrry and Honeycrisp. The berries vary greatly in size from very small ones called pinpricks to large ones called raspberries.
The best way to tell them apart is by their shape. Black currants are round while red currants are square; blueberries are oval and honeycrisps are pear shaped. All three types of cranberries contain sugar, but they differ in the amount of fructose or glucose.
Fructose is sweeter than glucose and it’s what gives fruits such as grapes, bananas and apples their sweetness. Glucose is used by the body for energy. Fruits with high levels of sugar include brown rice, sweet potatoes and corn.
Cranberries are rich in antioxidants which protect against cancer and heart disease. They may even lower blood pressure.
Cranberries are not only good for your pet’s health, they’re also great for your wallet! You can buy them at most grocery stores or online at Amazon .com , Whole Foods Market and other retailers. They’re available either fresh in the produce section or dried.
Dried cranberries have many of the same health benefits as fresh cranberries. They’re also less expensive and you don’t have to worry about your dog choking on one.
However, dried cranberries are very tart and not all dogs like the taste. If you give your dog dried cranberries, mix them with a little peanut butter first to improve the taste. (Peanut butter has plenty of health benefits for dogs and it’s a great way to disguise the taste of medicine too).
Fresh cranberries are high in fiber which some dogs can’t digest. Those with sensitive stomachs may experience diarrhea or other digestive problems so it’s wise not to give them fresh cranberries.
One fresh cranberry contains 12 mg of vitamin C, 0.4 mg of copper, 10 µg of folate and 0.3 mg of vitamin K.
Can Dogs Eat Cranberries?
It is safe for your dog to eat fresh cranberries and dried cranberries (especially with peanut butter) but they must be used in moderation. Don’t give your dog more than a few cranberries every now and then. These should also be limited to small breeds such as chihuahuas who are more prone to develop stomach problems from eating a lot of cranberries.
Too much cranberry can cause diarrhea and other digestive issues. The best way to know how many cranberries is safe for your dog is to keep their jaws busy for at least 10 minutes, then wait another 30 minutes before giving them any more. If you notice any digestive issues after they’ve consumed the cranberries then discontinue use. If everything goes well then you’re good to go!
1. Cranberry Juice
Cranberry juice is very healthy for humans but it’s also good for dogs (in moderation). If you want to treat your dog, mix equal parts of water with 100% cranberry juice. Never use diet cranberry juice since as much sugar has been removed; it’s no longer good for you.
You should also avoid using cocktails (which contain a lot of calories). Stick with 100% cranberry juice or else you’re just giving your dog sugar water. If your dog doesn’t want to drink the juice, try freezing it into ice cubes so they can enjoy a cool, refreshing treat.
Ideally, the cranberry juice should be given to your dog once every couple of weeks or so in small amounts (no more than a couple of tablespoons).
2. Fresh Cranberries
You can give your dog fresh cranberries as long as you cut them up into very small pieces. The skins contain a lot of fiber which some dogs have a hard time digesting. If you decide to go this route, make sure to keep an eye on how your dog is reacting to the cranberries (if at all).
Does My Dog Like Cranberries?
Dogs have a very good sense of taste. Some are picky about what they eat, while others will eat almost anything you give them. Cranberries fall into the later category and most dogs really enjoy the tartness of these berries. It’s very common to hear them crunch down on them with their teeth!
You can check if your dog is receptive to eating cranberries by placing a few in their bowl. Watch to see if they eat them or spit them out. If they don’t eat them, don’t force the issue. Some dogs don’t enjoy the flavor so it’s best to move on to something else.
If your dog does like the flavor of cranberries, you have a few options available to you. You can either add some dried cranberries (without sugar) to their usual food, feed them fresh cranberries, or make them up a batch of cranberry puree.
What Other Foods Can I Give My Dog?
You may have noticed that many of the foods on our list are very high in antioxidants (which is very good for you). This is because antioxidants help to eliminate free radicals within your dog’s body. These free radicals can cause all kinds of health issues and even lead to cancer!
If you want to give your dog some of these other antioxidant foods, here are a few options for you to check out:
If you want to give your dog any of these foods then they can be given in small quantities. If you’re not sure about how much your dog should have, don’t give it to them at all. If you feel like your dog had too much of a certain food, let your veterinarian know about what happened when you take your dog in for their check-up.
Do not give your dog dairy products or large amounts of fat since their bodies can’t handle these things as well as a human body can.
When giving your dog these other foods, make sure that the quantities are not more than 20% of their total food intake for that day. Your dog still needs a high quality dog food for at least 80% of their diet.
Should I Cut Out Anything From My Dog’s Diet?
You should avoid cutting out certain types of foods if you want to ensure your dog’s diet is balanced. If you remove part of a certain nutrient, then it could lead to other problems within your dog’s body.
It’s much better to find alternate sources of certain nutrients rather than removing food groups altogether.
How Many Calories Should I Give My Dog Each Day?
It can be really hard to know how many calories your dog should have each day. Every dog is different and has a different metabolism rate. There are calculators that you can find online that will give you a fairly accurate number, but even those can’t account for every factor.
The best way to monitor your dog’s intake is to keep track of their weight. If you give them too many calories, they’ll start gaining weight. If you give them too few calories, they won’t gain enough weight.
If you think your dog is gaining too much weight, cut back on their food intake by a small amount (5% should be more than enough). If you think your dog isn’t gaining enough, then increase their food intake by a small amount. Again, don’t change it by too much or you could have the opposite effect.
When it comes to changing food, most dogs won’t take too kindly to it. If you think your dog has taken a bit of a dislike to their new food, try mixing it with their old food. This should help them get used to the new taste. Keep doing this until they’re only eating their new food.
Also, make sure you’re not overfeeding your dog simply because they beg for food. If you put down a bowl of food and they immediately start eating, that means they’re done. If you keep putting food in the bowl despite them not eating anymore, they’re just going to keep pushing it around with their nose and mouth because they know if they stop eating you’ll keep putting food in the bowl.
How Often Should I Feed My Dog?
You should feed your dog twice a day. Once in the morning and once in the evening. You should split the amount of food they need over these two meals. For example, if your dog needs 1 cup of food per day, give them half a cup in the morning and half a cup in the evening.
Can I Give My Dog Human Food?
Definitely! In fact, feeding human food to your dog is much healthier than their dog food because it’s more nutritious and tastes better. It’s common for people to recommend that you not feed your dog people food, but this simply isn’t true.
Just make sure you’re not feeding them anything disgusting, like onion skins or bread crusts. As a rule of thumb, if it’s safe for you to eat, then it’s safe for your dog to eat. One thing you should never ever give your dog, however, is chocolate of any sort. This can be lethal to your dog and possibly even cause death.
Do I Need To Give My Dog Supplements?
You don’t need to, but your dog’s diet is probably lacking in some key nutrients which can cause a myriad of problems such as poor coat quality, low energy levels, and a weakened immune system. In this case, you should look for a good quality multivitamin. There are many types available, so you’ll want to read the labels and find one that fits your dog’s needs.
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