Wonder Food! Four Reasons To Feed Your Dog Carrots!

Posted by Maureen Lake at

 

 

Carrots as snacks

After feeding my pups breakfast, I immediately walk over to the pantry to give Keira and Rosa a little treat. I don’t know why I do this, but it’s a ritual I started many years ago and one the dogs expect from me daily.

Well, this rarely happens but the treat basket was empty! Empty! Those sad eyes are looking up at me with anticipation, waiting, waiting… Oh boy, what did I do?

I grabbed the carrots! Oh yes, the girls are smiling now! 

 

Four Reasons Carrots Are Good For Dogs

 

  1. Vitamin A

Vitamin A is a remarkably healthy vitamin for our dogs. You already know that the beta-carotene in carrots is known for promoting eye health. But Vitamin A also supports your dog's skin and coat health too. Oh, did I mention that Vitamin A strengthens the immune system too? A for Awesome!

 

  1. Carrots are low in fat and calories

Maybe your dog is a bit pudgy. Keira's waistline has spread just a pinch recently (but don’t tell her that!) Carrots are real food, with no artificial ingredients or fillers. Adding carrots to your dog's diet enhances their health, cuts calories and helps to shed the pounds.

 

  1. Fiber! Constipation Cure!

This orange vegetable is loaded with soluble fiber! Fiber will help your dog's digestive system by increasing the bulk and water in intestines. What this means is that if your dog's stools are loose, fiber will firm them up and move them out. As with any increase in fiber, make sure your dog has access to plenty of water to assist the movement through the digestive tract.

 

  1.  Ready Made Tooth Brush!
I’m not proud to admit this, but I don’t brush my dog's teeth. No guilt shaming OK? A dog has a natural urge to chew and chewing fights plaque and tartar buildup. The rough surface of a carrot scrapes the surface of your dog’s teeth, and polishes those teeth into pearly whites!

 

 

How Often Can Fido Eat Carrots?

 

Now you know that carrots are a healthy alternative to treats but how many can your dog eat everyday? According to most vets two to three baby carrots or one large carrot a day is acceptable. Obviously, the size of your dog needs to be taken into consideration. Even though my two dogs are doodles, I don’t feed them the same portions because of their size difference.

 

Cooked or Raw?

Cooked carrots are safe for dogs too, just make sure there is no added salt, sugar or spices when cooked. It’s as simple as that.

Just for giggles I thought I’d share this cute video:

Dogs vs Flying Carrots:

 

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