Carrots, a Nutritionally Packed Treat Alternative for Your Dog
Not just for rabbits, raw and cooked carrots make a great healthy treat for your dog. They are crunchy, tasty, full of nutrients and fiber with many health benefits. Another bonus is every part of a carrot is edible and safe for dogs, from the carrot itself to the leafy green tops making it a versatile addition to your dog’s diet.
The nutrition facts for carrots, assuming the amount is two small two medium raw carrots, is 41 Calories, 88% water, 0.9g of Protein, 9.6g of Carbohydrates, 4.7g of Sugar, 4.7g Of Fiber and 0.2g of fat. As you can see carrots are mainly composed of water and carbohydrates, they are also a good source of fiber.
Carrots contain many beneficial vitamins and minerals namely vitamin A, Biotin, Vitamin K1, Potassium and B6. They also contain other important nutrients such as Lutein, Lycopene, Polyacetylenes and Anthocyanins.
Vitamin A is from beta carotene which your dogs body converts into vitamin A which is important for growth and developments and promotes good immune function and vision.
Biotin, which is a B vitamin, aids in protein and fat metabolism.
Vitamin K1 which is also known as phylloquinone is instrumental for blood clotting and encourages bone health.
Potassium is an important mineral, essential in blood pressure control.
Vitamin B6 is a water-soluble vitamin that benefits the central nervous system and the metabolism of protein, carbohydrates, and fats as well as the formation of red blood cells.
Carrots are also rich in antioxidants called carotenoids that have been associated with the reduced risk of many ailments including cancer and heart disease and well as improved immune function. Lutein is another antioxidant prevalent in carrots which is the nutrient important in eye health.
Carrots make a great low calorie high fiber treat for your senior dog. They are a great alternative to the conventional cookies and biscuits, aiding in weight loss and maintaining a healthy weight. Since they are high in fiber, they help your dog feel satiated and are a welcome addition to your dog’s current diet.
As with any treat, it is exactly that, a treat! A healthy rule to follow is treats shouldn’t make up more than 10% of your dog’s daily food.
Emily Charlton is a lifelong animal lover drawing on more than 12 years experience in a veterinary clinic.
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