There’s no denying that carrots are a delicious and nutritious food for humans and the good news is that they make excellent healthy treats for your dog too. Providing your dog doesn’t suffer from diabetes this is a snack that they can eat healthily with minimal preparation on your part. Due to the sugar content in this delicious food, dogs with diabetes should avoid eating them or should be given them in very small portions.
Although carrots are highly nutritious their nutrients are embedded deep within the food and this means some preparation is needed for your dog to make the most of them. You can very easily buy supplements that have been readily prepared for your dog to get the most out of a carrot but if you are intending to prepare your own shop bought carrots then you simply need to shred them loosely and then lightly boil them. This helps to break the carrot down initially allowing the dog’s stomach to do the rest of the work.
Carrots are so good because they contain a wide range of vitamins and nutrients that are great for your dog. Vitamins A, C, D, E, K, B1 and B6 are all found in high proportions within carrots and are an excellent thing for your dog to digest. If your dog is able to digest these then they act as a boost to their immune system however it is important for you to put the effort into preparing it for them to be able to get to the vitamins themselves.
Not only are carrots full of vitamins and nutrients that are great for boosting the immune system but they’re also a relatively healthy treat for a dog to have. Low in calories and helping to make teeth strong, the only thing you need to keep an eye out for is the sugar content in carrots so they shouldn’t be given as a large portion of a meal, especially for dogs with diabetes.
One thing that carrots can actively be used for is to help with diarrhoea. As they are so good at treating dog diarrhoea they should be considered as a first step to treat it. While they are able to treat diarrhoea very effectively dogs struggle to digest hard vegetables and so you might find lumps of carrot within your dog’s stool. If this is the case it is nothing to worry about but indicates that your dog isn’t getting all of the nutritional goodness out of the carrot and you should try preparing it slightly more for the future.
Carrots are an excellent substitution for traditional dog treats as they are packed full of benefits without having all the calories. An excellent way to keep your dog’s bowel movements regular and generally boost their immune system, carrots are one of the best forms of scraps you can treat your dog to and you should even make the effort to make some specially for them from time to time.