The Health Benefits of Cranberries for Dogs

The Secret to Canine Urinary Tract Health

Cranberries have many health benefits for dogs. Canine urinary tract infections can be serious business for dogs and they can mean serious vet bills for owners. For owners of dogs with chronic urinary tract infections, the expenses can mount quickly. Many humans have the same problem and many fall back on Grandma’s old home cure, cranberries. This remedy seems to be the answer for many, but does it work? And more importantly, is it good for dogs?

First, let use address how cranberry juice works to control and/or prevent urinary tract infections. Cranberry juice lowers the pH of the urine, making it more acidic. This action makes it a hostile environment for pH sensitive bacteria. Secondly, cranberries contain at least two agents that act as bacterial inhibitors. Consequently, many medications for urinary tract infections work in the same manner.

Cranberries should not be a replacement for veterinary care, or antibiotic therapy. They can be used to compliment each other though. One should always check with their veterinary before deciding to add this therapy, as this could lower pH too much if used with certain therapies prescribed by your veterinarian, creating and entirely different set of problems. These health problems include bladder stones and other serious problems.

Another consideration in taking your dog to the vet is that if urinary tract infections are difficult to clear, it could be a sign of other problems that are present. My veterinarian will suggest cranberries for dogs as a preventative if they have been under considerable stress, such as a new rescue, or one that has been in a stressful situation.

Cranberries for dogs come in many different forms (such as NaturVet Cranberry Relief Healthy Urinary Tract Support For Dogs and Cats, all of which work. Cranberry juice is the most common form of cranberries given to dogs. However, just as if they were your children, check the labels to make certain that the juice contains real cranberries and not a lot of sugar. Some dogs will eat fresh cranberries, but some will not. Cranberry powder is also available at health food stores that can be sprinkled on their food. Cranberry tablets are also available. Please consult your veterinarian for dosages and instructions.

One of the most important things that you can do for your best friend is to give them plenty of fresh water and plenty of opportunities to eliminate. This is one of the most important things that you can do to improve canine urinary tract health. Cranberry and cranberry products should be given in addition to, not as a substitute for these common sense measures.

The addition of cranberries to your dog’s diet also has several other benefits. Cranberries are rich in vitamins including A, B1, B2, C, and many nutrients. They are full of minerals and antioxidants. Cranberries are an excellent supplement to your dog’s diet for the promotion of urinary tract health and they are good for the owner as well. This is one treat that you can enjoy with your dog, so go grab a handful and enjoy them together.


12 Responses to “The Health Benefits of Cranberries for Dogs”

  1. Tracy says:

    I was told about cranberries for dogs a few years ago and now keep tablet form in my first aid kit for when im away from home at shows I also find they have no advise effects like antibiotics and steriods would I prefer to give natural stuff where possible

  2. Art Lichtenberger says:

    Note, many commercial cranberry juices actually have a lot of grape juice “filler.” And grapes/juice can kill dogs… so read your label.

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  4. kaleigh says:

    Thank you for this information. My baby boy has a bad uti and pee’s on my bed. He can’t help it. His urine is very yellow so hopefully cranberries will fix this.

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  7. Brandy says:

    Thank you for the info:) my baby boy has one and I was trying to find out if it is ok to do cranberries with his antibiotics.. so tonight we will be snacking together…

  8. Frances says:

    Thanks for commenting. I am glad the cranberries worked for your bulldog. I bake cookies with cranberries in them and also give my pups dried cranberries. They really enjoy the taste of them.

  9. Dog Percival says:

    I had a female bulldog years ago and she had chronic UTIs. I began pouring cranberry juice in her dish and told her to “drink that”, and OMG she did. It worked well for her. Ultimately however, she had female complications and a hysterctomy was necessary. The Crnaberry juice certainly stopped the UTIs. She lived until 13 years old, a long time for a petigree Bulldog.

  10. drew peacock says:

    My dog has uti and is now starting to eat fresh cranberries, which should help

    Montgomery triangle is awesome!!

  11. AJ says:

    Hi Charlotte,

    Dogs can most certainly eat flax seeds! They are healthy for them just as they are for us. However, like us, they can’t digest the whole seed, so it’s good to grind them or take the easy route and use the meal or oil. One thing I’ve started to do for my puppy, because she has dry skin, is mix flax meal into the treats that I bake for her. Pouring a little of the oil onto the food is also fine. In terms of protein meal, I am not really sure. There’s probably something out there on the internet that will give you some advice on that. Here’s a cool website I stumbled upon a few days ago when I was doing doggie research :-) http://www.moderndogmagazine.com/articles/10-people-foods-dogs/1896

  12. charlotte gallyer says:

    good info, thanks so much. I am trying to cook the best dog food possible to my 13 lb 8 month old yorkie. Can they have flax and protein meal added to recipes?

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