Tart Red Cherry (Sour Cherry) - Alternative Medicine for Dogs and Cats

tart red cherry for dogs, a natural anti-inflammatory, analgesic
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In this article:
  1. Tart Red Cherry, A Potent Antioxidant
  2. Health Benefits of Tart Red Cherry 
  3. Cautions
  4. Side Effects
  5. Dosage Guidelines

1.0 Tart Red Cherry, A Potent Antioxidant

also known as Cerise de Montmorency, Tart Cherry, Red Sour Cherry, etc.

tart red cherry for dogs and cats, a natural anti-inflammatory
 
There are more than 270 varieties of sour cherry however only a few varieties are grown for commercial purposes. Montmorency is one of the most popular of the commercially grown tart red cherry varieties. The flesh and stem of the cherry fruit is used to make medicine.
Tart red cherry contains one of the highest antioxidant (anthocyanins) value of all fruit and vegetables.

On a scale that rates quantity of antioxidants in a food and the strength of the antioxidants (called the Oxygen Radical Absorption Capacity or ORAC), tart red cherry sits at the top of the list. See the chart just below.

Anti-Inflammatory Foods Ranked by ORAC Value:
Tart red cherry, topped ranked fruit and vegetables by ORAC value
 
Learn how to include tart red cherry and other top ranked species appropriate ORAC vegetables and fruit, in your dog's diet:
  • Go to this article here.

2.0 Health Benefits of Tart Red Cherry

2.1 Tart Red Cherry Is A Natural...
 
Antioxidant, Anti-inflammatory
Tart red cherry is a source of antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compounds including: 
  • Beta Carotene
  • Quercetin
  • Magnesium
  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin B12
  • Vitamin C 
  • Vitamin E
  • Vitamin K
  • Omega 3 fatty acids
  • Omega 6 fatty acids
Digestive Aid
Tart red cherry helps support:
  • Absorption of nutrients.
  • Cleansing of the digestive tract.
  • Reduce symptoms of acid reflux
Mild Sedative
  • Tart red cherry is a natural source of melatonin.
 
2.2 Tart Red Cherry Can Help Treat...
 
Anxiety, Insomnia
  • Tart red cherry is rich in melatonin which helps reduce anxiety and helps to regulate sleep patterns.
Bladder and Kidney Crystals and Stones
  • Reduce pain and inflammation.
  • Increase urine production. 
  • More about bladder and kidney crystals and stones here.
Brain Function Support
  • Tart red cherry helps support optimal brain function.
Heart Issues
Tart red cherry can help reduce high:
  • Blood pressure.
  • LDL (bad cholesterol) levels.
  • High triglyceride levels.
Muscle and Joint Issues
  • ACL/CCL injury.
  • Arthritis.
  • Osteoarthritis.
  • Pain from over exertion of muscle.

3.0 Cautions

  • Allergic or intolerant of cherries - don't use.

4.0 Side Effects

In some individuals the relatively high sorbitol content of tart red cherry juice may cause:
  1. Abdominal discomfort.
  2. Diarrhea.
If either of these symptoms occur, stop use.

5.0 Dosage Guidelines


5.1 Non-Therapeutic Dosage
Extract:
Dogs and Cats:
Reduce to ½ of manufacturer’s dosage by body weight/size.

Gel or Capsule Supplement:
Dogs and Cats:
Reduce to ½ of manufacturer’s dosage by body weight/size.

Pure Juice from Concentrate:
Small dogs:
1/2 tbs per day.
 
Medium size dogs:
1/8 cup per day.
 
Large size dogs:
1/4 cup per day.
 
X-Large size dogs:
1/3 cup per day.

Fresh, or Frozen Thawed (pureed or finely chopped)
Small dogs:
1 tbs per day.
 
Medium size dogs:
1/8 cup per day.
 
Large size dogs:
1/4 cup per day.
 
X-Large size dogs:
1/3 cup per day.
 
Dried (pureed or finely chopped)
Small dogs:
1 tsp up to 1/2 tbs per day.
 
Medium size dogs:
1 tbs per day.
 
Large size dogs:
1.5 tbsp up to 1/8 cup per day.
 
X-Large size dogs:
1/8 cup up to 1/4 cup per day.
5.2 Therapeutic Dosage
Extract:
Dogs and Cats:
Follow manufacturer’s dosage by body weight/size.

Gel or Capsule Supplement:
Dogs and Cats:
Follow manufacturer’s dosage by body weight/size.

Pure Juice from Concentrate:
Small dogs:
1 tbs per day.
 
Medium size dogs:
1/8 to 1/4 cup, 2x per day.
 
Large size dog:
1/3 cup, 2x per day.
 
X-Large size dogs: 
up to 1/2 cup, 2x per day.
 
Fresh, or Frozen Thawed (pureed or finely chopped)
Small dogs:
1 tbs, 2x per day.
 
Medium size dogs:
1/8 cup, 2x per day.
 
Large size dogs:
1/4 cup, 2x per day.
 
X-Large size dogs:
1/3 cup, 2x per day.
 
Dried (pureed or finely chopped)
Small dogs:
1 tsp up to 1/2 tbs, 2x per day.
 
Medium size dogs:
1 tbs, 2x per day.
 
Large size dogs:
1.5 tbs up to 1/8 cup, 2x per day.
 
X-Large size dogs:
1/8 cup up to 1/4 cup, 2x per day.
 
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Article and graphics by Karen Rosenfeld.
 

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