The cranberry is a great antioxidant that also helps prevent infections in pets.
Today, renowned veterinary author and speaker Dr. Robert Silver, DVM, MS, CVA answers questions about Cranberry Rx, a leading-edge nutraceutical designed by Dr. Silver to promote optimal urinary tract health for pets:
Q: What Is Cranberry Rx?
A: Cranberry Rx is a encapsulated form of dehydrated cranberry juice.
Q: How Does Cranberry Rx Help With Urinary Tract Infections?
A: It contains significant levels of proanthocyanidins and quinic acid. We have found that these proanthocyanidins, which are the bright red pigment that we see in cranberries, are very unique and specific to the cranberry.
Proanthocyanidins have been found to serve a function in terms of reducing the ability of pathogenic bacteria to attach to the lining of the bladder. In order for a pathogen to create disease, it has to first attached to the organ that it is going to infect. By stopping and preventing pathogens from adhering to the lining of the bladder, we can effectively prevent urinary tract infection from occurring.
Q: Can Cranberry Rx Help With Other Infections?
A: Interestingly enough, the proanthocyanidins in cranberries don’t just inhibit the adhesion of pathogens to the lining of the bladder. Studies have also found that it inhibits adhesion of pathogens to the gingiva (the gum line) and to the intestinal mucosa (the lining of the intestines). It has a wide variety of applications in terms of helping to prevent infections.
Q: What Other Health Benefits Does Cranberry Rx Have?
A: It’s also a really good antioxidant and the quinic acid found in cranberries enables better antioxidant effects. Commonly, after a single or recurrent urinary tract infection has passed, I will advise my clients to continue with the cranberry on a daily basis. Cranberry Rx is simply an excellent plant-based antioxidant source that can be regularly given to your pet.