The carrot is a food that we are used to seeing in the diet of rabbits, and even in our own. However, they are increasingly present in the ingredients of dog food. But, Can dogs eat carrots? It is a question that you have surely asked yourself on more than one occasion.
From unCOMO we want to talk to you about carrots as an ingredient in your dog’s diet, since they CAN consume them. We will tell you all the properties and benefits of this food, as well as how and when you can feed your dog with them, with delicious and healthy carrots.
Can dogs eat carrots? – Yes
As we said, dogs CAN eat carrots. Like all vegetables and greens, these are a food with excellent nutritional quality. The large amount of nutrients that they contribute to the body make them very beneficial for us and, in adequate quantities, also for dogs, which are opportunistic omnivores and can assimilate certain vegetables.
For example, one of the virtues of this food is that it has a rapid assimilation in the digestive system of your dog. This ease of digestion It is due to the large amount of amylopectin, a substance that is present in carrot starch.
In addition, a carrot for your dog can be a delicious natural snack that also cleans and protects his teeth. And since it has a very low calorie intake Due to its low fat content, it is ideal so that your furry does not gain weight. These are some of the benefits that carrots bring to dogs, but there is more. However, before mentioning them all, we want to show you what is the nutritional composition of carrots, so that you better understand where the properties that make them so beneficial come from.
Let’s see all the nutrients that make up 100 g of carrot:
- 90% of the weight of a carrot is WaterMore specifically, for every 100 of this vegetable there are 88.30 g of water.
- They provide a large amount of fiber to the body, specifically 2.8 g of fiber for every 100 g of this food.
- As we mentioned before, carrots hardly contribute calories. Specifically, the contribution is 40 kilocalories. These calories are obtained mainly from the carbohydrates it provides, since its contribution of fats (0.25 g) in the form of both saturated and unsaturated fatty acids (monounsaturated and polyunsaturated) and protein (0.93 g) is somewhat lower, being that of carbohydrates (or sugars) the highest caloric intake (9.58 g).
- Calcium, sodium, magnesium, potassium, phosphorus, iron and zinc are the minerals most abundant that we find in these vegetables, potassium being the most abundant (320 mg).
- They are also known to all vitamins that contribute to the body: vitamin A, vitamins of group B (B1, B2, B3, B6, B9), vitamin C, vitamin E and vitamin K.
Carrot for dogs: properties and benefits
You have already seen the amount of nutrients that carrots provide. And it is that they are full of properties that benefit the health of your furry friend, how not to include this delicious vegetable in his diet? These are the main properties and benefits of carrots for dogs:
Its consumption favors the hydration of the cells and this translates into a better functioning of the body in general. Apart from the fact that a dog drinks water directly, it is necessary that the food provides it with natural moisture, which facilitates digestion and that the water is better distributed among the cells by acquiring it more widely spaced in more adequate amounts, instead of just receive a large amount each time the animal drinks water, which can lead to saturation and consequent waste of water. For this reason, we always recommend not giving only feed to animals, but combining natural or homemade food with these compounds in their usual diet, although not mixing them in the same meal or digestion.
A good source of energy
The carbohydrates contained in this vegetable are a great source of quick energy for the dog. Therefore, it is a good option to include in diets for dogs that do a lot of exercise, although never to replace animal protein. On the other hand, they may be less beneficial for dogs that hardly exercise, those that are more homemade or that due to health problems cannot run and jump as much. Thus, it is a very beneficial source of energy because the body can use it quickly, as long as there is a need for such energy expenditure, otherwise it will accumulate by increasing weight.
Prevents and removes dental tartar
Biting raw carrots cleans the teeth, removing excess dental plaque and soft tartar about to turn into hard tartar plaques, which can only be removed with oral hygiene. Therefore, giving him this raw food will help prevent tartar and eliminate the one that has accumulated before. In addition, the chewing action, together with the vitamins, also helps to strengthen the gums.
Ideal for dogs with diarrhea and digestive problems
It is a perfect ingredient for soft or light diets, if it is included boiled. Thanks to the large amount of fiber that they contribute to the body, carrots help in intestinal transit and facilitate digestion. Therefore, they are suitable to be part of the diet of sick dogs with diarrhea or digestive disorders. Anyway, this is something generic, so in each case, depending on the dog and the condition, the veterinarian will be able to indicate if this type of soft diet is suitable or if another is better.
Improves defenses, eyesight and skin
The beta-carotenes contained in this vegetable are transformed into vitamin A when digested by the dog, improving the immune system and fighting cell oxidation, that is, they are immunostimulant and antioxidant. This is especially beneficial for eye, coat and skin health. All this makes your eyesight better, does not suffer from overexertion and helps prevent cataracts and other degenerative diseases of the ocular system. It also improves the structure of the skin and hair, slowing down the aging of their cells, in addition to helping the sun to less damage the skin when it is exposed to excess. For this reason, it is especially good to give carrots to dogs of hairless breeds or that have little due to some condition.
Ideal for overweight and obese dogs
A carrot is an ideal food for dogs that have a few extra kilos, as long as it is given as a treat, other than the base of their food. It entertains them while not gaining anything, as it has few calories and this is always better than giving them any snack that may contain a lot of fat. In addition, when given as a snack or reward, it helps to control their desire to eat at all hours or due to anxiety, since many dogs can eat a lot at one time or spend the day eating, with little control, and it also usually happens in obese dogs or overweight. You will notice that it is easier for you to lose weight if you include carrots as part of his balanced diet, which must have been prescribed by a veterinarian. Of course, for these dogs it is vital to start moving more little by little, to increase the exercise and lose weight.
Helps regulate cholesterol and triglycerides
Thanks to the large amount of fiber they provide, they help reduce triglycerides in your dog’s blood. Ultimately, it helps you lower cholesterol levels. It is rare in dogs, but some like miniature schnauzers are more prone to it.
Helps reduce anxiety
The fact of having to chew a raw carrot helps to expend accumulated energy favoring relaxation and, in this way, the levels of anxiety, nervousness or stress that the dog may have accumulated are reduced. If you detect that your furry has this problem, this vegetable can help him relax a little at certain times, but it is vital that you put yourself in the hands of veterinarians and ethologists to solve it.
How to give carrots to dogs
Dogs can eat raw and cooked carrots, boiled in water or cooked alone in the oven. However, it is always better than the dogs eat cooked carrot, because in this way their digestion is easier and they assimilate the starch it contains better. From UNCOMO we advise you to try giving a small amount of this vegetable to your furry friend and see how he reacts. If you like both curd and cooked, then you can combine both forms, as both have their advantages. If your dog tolerates the digestion of a raw carrot well, you will be helping him clean his teeth as well as reducing his anxiety levels and providing him with some entertainment.
Also, remember that you always have to clean it, remove the part of the stem and remove the skin before boiling it and giving it to the dog, as if you were going to eat it yourself. We do not recommend giving it stir-fry, or in stews that are highly elaborated with a variety of spices (especially if some are spicy), as these types of dishes could make you feel bad and cause diarrhea.
It is not advisable to mix this vegetable with the feed or the wet food with the …