The Health Benefits of Carrots for Dogs
There will come a day in every dog owner's life when they go to reward their perfect pooch, for being such a good boy, and find their hands scraping the bottom of the barrel, unable to produce the small delicacy that they had so emphatically promised.
If you’ve ever been in this position, then you will understand. At this point, panic sets in, not only are you going to have to go back on your word to a creature who only really understands loyalty, but you’re going to have to think of something else to please those puppy-dog eyes - and quickly.
If you’re reading this, then at some point you’re likely to have considered using a carrot as an emergency substitute in this situation, and quickly realised you should probably look this up before going ahead with it - you should always check things like this first.
The rules about the human food that dogs can and can’t have seem to change from day to day, and dog to dog, but it is important to always check online or with your vet before giving your dog a substantial amount of anything you’re not sure about.
Thankfully, it’s perfectly fine to give your dog carrots. In fact, here is a list of fantastic reasons why you should be reaching for the vegetable draw over the goody bag in the future.
Why Are Carrots Good for Dogs?
The trusty carrot has just about as many health benefits for dogs as it does for humans. In moderation, carrots for dogs should become a regular part of their diet.
- Vitamin A
Carrots are absolutely jam-packed with Vitamin A, which provides a plethora of nutritional benefits for your canine companion. In addition to being great for eye health, it’s also a vital component of a dog's immune system and supports healthier skin and fur.
It is worth noting that excessive amounts of Vitamin A can build up to a toxic level, which is why carrots, like all aspects of your dog's diet, should be eaten in moderation.
- Fido’s Fibre
In addition to being packed with vitamins, carrots are also a great source of stomach-healthy fibre. In order to make sure your dog remains ‘regular’, it is vital to provide them with food that is nutritious and high in fibre.
In the long run, this will help to ensure that your dog's digestive system is working and that your dog isn’t in unnecessary discomfort. If your dog has a sensitive stomach, then introduce carrots slowly as a part of their diet to avoid causing too much upset.
Why Carrots Improve Your Dog’s Teeth
Most, if not all, dog owners will be aware of the cost of the daily dental chews that they have been instructed by their vet to feed their dog.
As much as our dogs seem to love these tasty - and healthy - treats, wouldn’t it be amazing if there was some kind of cheaper alternative that did the job just as well?
Somewhat surprisingly, It is relatively unknown that carrots are incredibly good for your canines, and those of your dog. Perhaps Bugs Bunny really was onto something! Raw carrots for dogs’ teeth are widely regarded as being as beneficial as any dental chew.
Carrots can help to support a dog's dental health through gently scraping away at the teeth and prevent the buildup of plaque.
Carrots for Dogs with Worms
The Vitamin A that is prevalent in carrots is widely recognised as a great way of getting rid of roundworms, but carrots are generally quite a good food for treating any kind of worm that your dog may have.
The key here is in the preparation. For optimal effect the carrot should be coarsely chopped or grated before being added to your dog's dinner.
This is so that, as it is digested through your dog’s gut, the carrot scours all of the worms and parasites that are harboured in the mucus lining the stomach.
Here’s a quick list of why it’s OK great to be feeding your dogs carrots:
- Carrots are packed with Vitamin A, which is fantastic for improving the health of your dog's eyes, skin, fur and immune system.
- There is plenty of fibre in carrots, which is essential for a healthy digestive system and keeping your dog happy and ‘regular’.
- Your dog's teeth will be remarkably cleaner and stronger from regularly chewing on a nice raw carrot.
- Carrots are a great way to rid your dog of worms and restore them to being happy and healthy again.
We all want to keep our family healthy and nourished with wholesome and nutritious food, and that includes our 4-legged family members too! We fully understand this at Lovejoys, and actively seek to provide hearty and well-rounded nutritional meals for all our pet food product ranges.
Take a look at our Hearty & Wholesome Wet Dog Food range, filled with meaty, nutritious and nourishing meals like Cottage Pie and Lancashire Hot Pot for your dog to get their daily dose of vegetables and proteins for a happy, healthy life.