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The correct dog feeding It is the first of the five freedoms of animal welfare, and it is our duty to prevent them from starving or living malnourished. Therefore, when we adopt a dog, or have been living with one for some time, it is a responsible owner to learn about the vitamins and nutrients that his body needs to stay healthy, strong and happy. At this point, many are those who come to ask if they can consume certain fruits, vegetables or other foods intended for human consumption.
One of the most frequently asked questions when it comes to homemade diets is whether or not the dog can eat carrot and, if so, how is the best way to feed it. Well, in this AnimalWised article we will answer this question and detail the benefits of carrot for dogs, ¡find out about everything!You may also be interested in: Apple and Carrot Dog Biscuits Index
- Is it bad to give carrots to a dog?
- Properties and benefits of carrot for dogs
- How to give carrot to a dog?
- Can puppies eat carrot?
Is it bad to give carrots to a dog?
As you may have guessed, carrot is good for dogs, so you can offer it to your furry companion without problem. This is so due to the type of starch that it is made of, with a high percentage of amylopectin, considered as an easily digestible substance for the dog, contrary to what happens with other foods such as certain cereals, which present an index of indigestion higher. Thus, the carrot is part of the list of recommended fruits and vegetables for dogs, not only for its easy and rapid assimilation, but also for the multiple benefits they provide to your body. To understand them better, below we review the composition of this product.
Nutritional composition of 100 g of carrot
According to the United States Department of Agriculture, 100 grams of raw carrot contains the following composition:
- Energy: 41 Kcal
- Water: 88.29 g
- Protein: 0.93 g
- Grease: 0.24 g
- Carbohydrates: 9.58 g
- Total fiber: 2.8 g
- Total sugars: 4.74 g
- Calcium: 33 mg
- Iron: 0.30 mg
- Magnesium: 12 mg
- Match: 35 mg
- Potassium: 320 mg
- Sodium: 69 mg
- Zinc: 0.24 mg
- Vitamin C: 5.9 mg
- Total vitamin B: 20.2 mg
- Vitamin A: 835
- Vitamin E: 0.66 mg
- Vitamin K: 13.2 mg
- Total saturated fatty acids: 0.037 g
- Total monounsaturated fatty acids: 0.014
- Total polyunsaturated fatty acids: 0.117
Properties and benefits of carrot for dogs
The composition of the carrot detailed in the previous section translates into endless benefits and properties for dogs, among which the following stand out:
Natural source of carbohydrates
Carbohydrates provide the dog with a large amount of energy and, therefore, they are essential in your diet. A diet low in carbohydrates is reflected in the health of the animal, developing pathologies and disorders that can become serious. This is so due to the functions of carbohydrates, which consist of supplying energy to many of the body's tissues as well as the heart and, in general, the central nervous system. In this way, they promote cardiovascular health and, in addition, prevent the appearance of cancer.
As carrots are an excellent source of carbohydrates, it is highly recommended to include them in the dog's diet to meet this nutritional need, provide energy and benefit heart function..
Improves the dog's eye health
It is no secret to anyone that he high contribution of beta carotenes carrot benefits eye health, however, ¿Did you know that it also produces this effect on your dog? By digesting them, the body transforms them into vitamin A and uses them to strengthen the immune system, fight cell oxidation and improve the animal's vision. And although there are several foods rich in this pigment, carrots are one of the best.
Recommended to treat diarrhea
Thanks to the composition of carrots, this food helps patients with diarrhea to restore their intestinal flora and produce solid stools again. To do this, it is recommended to offer the dog with diarrhea boiled carrot alone, or mixed with other ingredients with antidiarrheal properties like cooked rice or pumpkin. See our article on "How to prepare rice for your dog step by step " and put this home remedy into practice if you notice excessively liquid stools. Of course, always under the supervision of the veterinarian and trying to find the cause that causes the diarrhea.
Prevents the appearance of tartar
In its raw form, the carrot force the dog to gnaw it to consume it, a fact that translates into a natural cleaning of your teeth, allowing you to delay the appearance of tartar and favoring your dental health. In this way, by providing a piece of raw carrot from time to time, we not only provide extra energy and promote their health in general, but also prevent the development of serious oral pathologies such as periodontitis..
Perfect for obese dogs
By containing such a low percentage of fat and calories, carrots are an ideal food to include in the diet of an overweight dog, since in addition to regulating intestinal transit, it will satisfy their appetite in a 100% natural way. Check out our article on "Recipes for overweight dogs " and discover how to cook carrots to make them lose weight.
How to give carrot to a dog?
Due to the absence of salivary amylase enzyme in the dog, it presents greater difficulties when it comes to making better use of the energy provided by carbohydrates. However, and thanks to its quality of a carnivorous animal, it takes advantage of the energy of proteins of animal origin without difficulties. In order to make the most of the carbohydrates offered by carrots, as well as the other properties and benefits, it is obvious to ask ourselves the following question:
¿Raw or cooked carrot for dogs?
By cooking foods such as plants and cereals in boiling water, what we achieve is to make much better use of the starch that makes up these foods, thus preventing the raw starch from being digested and fermenting in the colon, causing flatulence and related health problems. . Thus, although the raw carrot is easily digested and assimilated by the dog, by providing it cooked we manage to ensure this fact. In this way, we can say that raw carrot is good for dogs, but cooked carrot is better. Remember that the stem and skin should always be removed before cooking or giving it to the dog.
This same process is further enhanced in other foods such as potatoes and corn, which present a high degree of indigestion in the dog in their raw form, and remarkable benefits when cooked.
¿Can be mixed with other foods?
Yes. So much so that it is common to find it in homemade diets for dogs such as the popular BARF diet, in which the animal is offered raw meat mixed with vegetables such as carrots, zucchini or squash. However, as we said, it can be served cooked and, in turn, combined with semi-cooked or cooked meat and fish, boiled rice or other vegetables. In such cases, the amount of each recommended food must be respected based on the dog's weight, the average being around 120 grams of meat, 30 grams of cereals and 20 grams of vegetables for every 10 kilos of dog weight. It should be noted that the grams of cereals and vegetables can be adapted and exchanged to offer a varied and complete diet.
It is not recommended to mix natural foods with commercial feed, because both foods have completely different digestive processes and, therefore, could lead to improper fermentations. In this way, we conclude, se you can mix the carrot with other natural foods but not with feed or industrial dog food.
¿How often to give a dog carrot?
Although the carrot is full of benefits for the dog's body, it is also true that not all dogs tolerate all foods in the same way. In this way, we recommend trying a small amount and observing how the animal reacts. If your body emits a positive response, we can gradually increase the amount up to the maximum daily grams recommended above (around 20). Likewise, to guarantee a varied and complete diet, we advise trying to combine the different vegetables and fruits during the week, in such a way that the carrot is offered once in a while, and not every day, unless so stipulated by the vet.
¿Can be used as a reward?
¡Of course! The carrot represents a perfect snack to educate and train your dog. Of course, if you intend to use it daily, remember to do it in small quantities and combine it with other natural snacks. To do this, we recommend you watch the following video in which we show a simple way to make homemade snacks for dogs: "Natural snacks for dogs step by step ".
Can puppies eat carrot?
Yes. In fact, due to the amount of calcium and carbohydrates that make up this product, carrots are a perfect natural food for puppies. Of course, since they are animals in full development and whose teeth are still in the formation process, we recommend offer the carrot cooked and chopped, facilitating as much as possible both its chewing and subsequent digestion.
On the other hand, carrot pieces can also be an excellent reward when starting the puppy's education, since they will keep him stimulated while offering a product loaded with benefits for his body. As they reach adulthood, we can start offering pieces of raw carrot, following the parameters in the previous section.