Cranberries in dog and cat food: any direct benefit?

Cranberries are being included in many pet foods without issue, but there is very little evidence that they are providing substantial urinary tract benefit.

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Cranberries are found on the ingredient panel of many pet foods. They are often associated with urinary tract health claims, foods that claim to be fortified with antioxidants, or those that appeal to pet owners looking for added fruits and vegetables. Cranberries are not a traditional ingredient for pets, so more information about them and their utility might be helpful.

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