Cranberries are a preferred human food, both fresh and dried. Dog owners that love these "snacks" are tempted to share them with their furry friends. But is this a good idea? Are cranberries safe for dogs?
In order to protect your pet, you should steer clear of any human food that raises any questions regarding whether dogs can eat it.
Okay, so your dog may be able to eat very little amounts of cooked or raw cranberries, but what about cranberry sauce, which is famous on Thanksgiving?
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If your dog accidentally tasted a bit of cranberry sauce or you just gave him just a bit, it should not be a problem.
However, in the present day, do keep a watch on your dog. You should seek immediate veterinary attention if you see any symptoms of lethargy, nausea, discomfort, diarrhea, or vomiting. These are the symptoms of being intoxicated with cranberry sauce.
If your dog is overly greedy and it breaks your heart to deny him cranberry sauce, there is a pet-safe substitute that doesn't contain sugar or any concerning ingredients you can do yourself at home.
Dog-Friendly Cranberry Sauce DIY recipe
While searching for pet-friendly cranberry recipes, I found one that is easy-to-do and safe for our dogs to consume as there are used only safe ingredients. The recipe is from myketogenickitchen.com.
- 12 oz (340 g) fresh cranberries
- 1/2 cup (4 fl oz/ 118 ml) water
- 20 drops of liquid stevia
- 1/4 tsp orange extract (optional, but recommended for tasty taste)
- 3 tbsp (approx 1 oz/ 28 g) granulated erythritol
🧑🏻🍳 How to prepare:
❶ The cranberries and water should be heated in a saucepan over high heat until it boils. Give it 1 minute to boil.
❷ Stirring occasionally to prevent the bottom from burning, reduce heat to low and simmer the mixture for 5 minutes.
❸ Turn off the heat and stir in the orange extract and liquid stevia.
❹ After letting alone for 2 minutes, stir in erythritol. Stir it thoroughly until all of the grains have dissolved.
❺ The cranberry sauce should be placed in the preferred container and left to warm up on the counter.
❻ Until completely cooled or when you're willing to serve, cover and chill.
❼ As french people would say: "Bon appetit!"
Cranberries are ok for dogs to be consumed only in small amounts as long as they are fresh or cooked without any toxic ingredients such as sugar, or xylitol.
As for cranberry sauce, dogs shouldn't consume this special dish because it is unhealthy for them. Fortunately, making your own pet-friendly cranberry sauce will allow you to "trick" the scenario.
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