As a kid you were probably told to “eat your carrots, they are good for your eyes”. We have also known carrots are healthy and good for us, and it is the exact same thing for dogs.
Carrots are crunchy and naturally sweet, making them a favourite snack among dogs. This vegetable offers several health benefits. Some of these include:
Improved skin and coat
General Well being and strengthened immune system
Rich in Antioxidants they can reduce the risk of cancer
Packed with vitamin A, C, D, E, K, B1, and B6
They are low calorie
Help maintain strong, healthy teeth
Carrots have anti inflammatory properties so are great for pain and arthritis
Reduces risk of developing cancers by 70%
A study in 2005 showed that dogs that ate any green leafy vegetables, like broccoli, had reduced the risk of developing bladder cancer by 90% and the dogs that consumed any yellow – orange vegetables like carrots reduced the risk by 70%!
More studies on the effect of adding vegetables to your dogs diet are currently ongoing.
You can read this study here:
(Raghavan, Knapp, Bonney, 2005)
If your dog has diabetes, ask your vet before you give them carrots as they are high in natural sugars which could complicate matters.