Most dogs love carrots, and they are great snacks for your pet. They are low calorie foods, and are generally safe to feed healthy dogs. Carrots may be raw or cooked, depending on your dog’s individual preference
How to Feed Your Dog Carrots
Dogs can eat cooked carrots. Dogs can eat uncooked carrots! Be prepared to clean up a mess because some dogs will just chew up carrots and leave bits all over the floor. Carrots are good for dogs’ teeth! Don’t feed too many carrots to your dog she might get sick.
Dogs love to eat, and play with raw carrots. They are perfectly healthy, and are often added to dog foods as filler.
Chewing on carrots helps decrease a dog’s anxiety levels, and prevents dogs from chewing on other things like your shoes carpets and furniture.
There are so many health benefits of carrots to humans and dogs alike. Your dog will not be consuming carrots of the same amount as you (of course) but they will be getting some of the same benefits.
Benefits of Carrots for Dogs
1. Improved Vision
Western culture’s understanding of carrots being “good for the eyes” is one of the few we got right. Carrots are rich in beta-carotene, which is converted into vitamin A in the liver. Vitamin A is transformed in the retina, to rhodopsin, a purple pigment necessary for night vision.
Beta-carotene has also been shown to protect against macular degeneration and senile cataracts. A study found that people who eat the most beta-carotene had 40 percent lower risk of macular degeneration than those who consumed little.
2. Cancer Prevention
Studies have shown carrots reduce the risk of lung cancer, breast cancer and colon cancer. Researchers have just discovered falcarinol and falcarindiol which they feel cause the anticancer properties.
Falcarinol is a natural pesticide produced by the carrot that protects its roots from fungal diseases. Carrots are one of the only common sources of this compound. A study showed 1/3 lower cancer risk by carrot-eating mice.
The high level of beta-carotene acts as an antioxidant to cell damage done to the body through regular metabolism. It help slows down the aging of cells.
Carrots can protect your dog’s coat from the inside! Vitamin A and antioxidants protects the dog’s coat and keep it shiny! Deficiencies of vitamin A cause dryness to the skin, hair and nails. Vitamin A prevents premature wrinkling, acne, dry skin, pigmentation, blemishes, and uneven skin tone.
Carrots are known by herbalists to prevent infection. They can be used on cuts – shredded raw or boiled and mashed.
Studies show that diets high in carotenoids are associated with a lower risk of heart disease. Carrots have not only beta-carotene but also alpha-carotene and lutein.
The regular consumption of carrots also reduces cholesterol levels because the soluble fibers in carrots bind with bile acids.
Vitamin A in carrots assists the liver in flushing out the toxins from the dog’s body. It reduces the bile and fat in the liver. The fibers present in carrots help clean out the colon and hasten waste movement.
It’s all in the crunch! Carrots clean your dog’s teeth and mouth. They scrape off plaque and food particles just like toothbrushes or toothpaste. Carrots stimulate gums and trigger a lot of saliva, which being alkaline, balances out the acid-forming, cavity-forming bacteria. The minerals in carrots prevent tooth damage.
From all the above benefits it is no surprise that in a Harvard University study, people who ate more than six carrots a week are less likely to suffer a stroke than those who ate only one carrot a month or less. Again, your dog will not be eating the same amount of carrots as you but a carrot a day, can be said to keep their hearts healthy!