Cranberries are low in calories and are an excellent source of vitamin C, manganese and copper. They’re also rich in both soluble and insoluble fibre making them beneficial for the digestive system, keeping it working well over the festive period.
These bright fruits are rich in the powerful antioxidants called anthrocyanins, giving them their blue, purple and red colours. These pigment powerhouses help to protect the body and keep the immune system working well – warding off winter bugs.
Not Just Good News for Humans
Native Americans have used cranberry preparations to treat urinary tract infections for centuries and now modern medical research has revealed the chemical and physiological effects cranberries have on the urinary tract and how they can help to prevent urinary tract infections.
The same benefits may also occur in dogs that are prone to urinary tract infections, but be careful about offering your dog cranberry juice as this is often laden with sugar. You should speak to your vet first.
Cranberries are a wonderful winter treat for people added to deserts, cakes and to make the festive cranberry sauce for turkey, but they aren’t often given to dogs as they have quite a bitter taste and wouldn’t be very good for them on their own. However, here at Lily’s Kitchen we add cranberries to our Three Bird Feast for Dogs.
Careful! Cranberry sauce isn’t a good idea for dogs as it contains sugar, also often grapes, raisins and currants, all of which are toxic for dogs.
Introduce Cranberries Into Your Pet's Diet
This recipe stars plenty of seasonal favourites, from succulent, freshly prepared turkey, duck and goose to a jolly sprinkling of parsnips and cranberries. May a Merry Christmas be had by all!
Give the cracker a twist and your dog can discover the tempting treats within… Each one bursting with freshly prepared turkey, cranberries and thyme, plus a sprinkling of cinnamon - a wonderfully warming anti-inflammatory that helps boost energy, circulation and brain health.
Give the cracker a twist for your cat to discover the tempting treats within. Each one is bursting with freshly prepared turkey, chicken liver and cranberries. Wonderfully festive nibbles that even the fussiest of felines will adore!