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Are you thinking of giving your dog cranberries for a stubborn urinary tract infection?
Here’s the deal:
Contrary to popular belief, the juice does not actually increase urine acidity.
Basically it’s a myth that cranberries can cure a UTI or any other medical problem for that matter!
What about as a health food for dogs?
The truth is cranberries aren’t a great reward either. Besides, canines typically do not find the bitter taste to be appealing.
Cranberries Are Not Toxic For Dogs (but not recommended either)
It is best to avoid sharing and particularly in processed juice form.
Cranberries have high sugar content, and the other ingredients in cranberry products may also be inappropriate.
And, to be very clear, this well-intentioned idea won’t help your dog deal with a bad bladder.
As the Theory Goes
Lots of people have heard that cranberry juice can clear up a UTI.
So why can’t the same apply to a pet dog?
After all, it’s said to prevent bacteria from sticking to each other (creating a chain reaction in the urinary tract).
Right? No, wrong!
Studies repeatedly show that cranberries (juices included) are ineffective. The same results are very likely to be true for dogs.
Curing a Canine UTI
A specialized dog food for calcium oxalate and sterile struvite stones is worth trying.
Have a urinary tract infection confirmed!
Owners too often use all sorts of treatments that aren’t needed or cause harm.
Take notes of what you believe is indicative of a UTI. Those observations are useful for a vet’s assessment.
Prescriptions For Pets
Cranberry juice certainly won’t help you to avoid medical bills.
Prescription meds for infection cost money, but the right treatment will prove fruitful later on (pun intended).
It can’t be stressed enough:
Cranberries are ineffective!
The good news is a veterinarian can prescribe something relatively safe and effective for your dog.
As a Special Treat?
Not many people consume cranberries regularly. And your dog should be no different.
The most significant benefit is vitamin C.
Dogs self-produce ascorbic acid and don’t normally need extra.
Of course, you can share small amounts on occasion. There’d be no harm done.
Some folks enjoy dehydrated cranberries. They are fairly healthy, but aren’t great for dogs.
You see, once dried, most fruits take on a different characteristics. And preservatives are typically added to such packaged treats.
Your dog should get nourishment and sustenance from daily meals.
Keep it simple. Do not depend on cranberries.
Awful Added Sugar
Will cranberries spike your dog’s glucose levels?
Possibly! Yet another reason not to be enthusiastic about sharing (at least not frequently).
Again, most cranberry juice products contain additional sugar and unknown preservatives.
The Bottom Line
Cranberries cannot cure a canine’s UTI.
Be sure to get the urinary infection properly diagnosed. Your dog likely needs a prescription (not cranberry juice).
And this berry fruit, from a dietary standpoint, also doesn’t make sense for dogs.