A nutritious and balanced diet is essential to maintain the health of a pet. A complete diet consists of good sources of protein, fat, minerals, vitamins and carbohydrates. The source of this diet could be from various fruits, veggies or treats, but one of the important veggie you should immediately include in your dog’s diet is ‘Carrot’.
There is a lot of misconception regarding feeding carrots to dogs. Carrots provide a significant amount of nutritional benefits. Reward your dog with carrot after a long exercise/walk and he would love it. Ideally, carrots should not be given directly to dogs instead it should be slightly cooked or steamed if your dog has a sensitive stomance. If you have noticed gas or diarrhea in your pooch after feeding a carrot, replace it with treats that have carrots in them.
Some of the many benefits of carrots for your dog’s health are:
1. Rich in Vitamin A
Carrots are rich in vitamin A. Vitamin A has plenty of health benefits like maintaining the eye health, increasing the immune system and even supporting skin and coat health. Anything in excess is harmful so be careful with the quantity or choose carrot rich treats which has balanced amount of carrot like Dogsee Chew cookies.
2. Fiber Rich
Carrots are rich in soluble fiber. It helps in relieving constipation and improves bowel movement. Overeating in dogs is common these days and fiber rich products helps them stay fuller for longer and helps maintain their weight too.
3. Dental Health
Many dog owners wonder how do they clean their dog’s teeth. Unlike humans dog don’t develop cavities instead they suffer from tartar, plaque or gingivitis. So it becomes important to clean your pets teeth on regular basis. Regular brushing of teeth is very important. Chews also helps in fighting plaque and tartar and carrot is one of the best chew for it. Carrot chews helps to dislodge the unwanted buildup of tartar and polish the shiny teeth. You can also feed them Dogsee Chew bars which is long lasting and also ensures dental hygiene of your dog.
Beta-carotene acts as an antioxidant and precursor the production of vitamin A. Carrots contains beta-carotene which helps in better eye sight and improves your dog’s coat colour.
5. Low in Calorie and low in fat
Carrots are the best option for a healthy diet as it is low in calorie and fat. If your canine friend has weight issues, carrot is the best supplement for your dog’s diet.
Key points to remember while feeding carrot to dogs:
- Don’t feed carrots to a diabetic dog as it is high in sugar
- Feed lightly cooked or shredded carrot for proper digestion
- Feed them in proportionate amount
Happy Pet Parenting!