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Carrots for Dogs!

Carrots are high in fibre (soluble and insoluble), vitamin K1, potassium and magnesium. They contain very powerful antioxidants called carotenoids that can protect from disease and enhance the immune system.

Cooked carrots have higher antioxidant levels than raw. Researchers have found that boiling carrots until tender increased the concentration of carotenoids by 14 percent. Raw carrots have the cellulose walls intact, and dogs can’t break down the walls to facilitate easier digestion. That means if you feed raw carrot you’ll see little bits of carrot in their poo at some point depending on how fast their digestion is!

Feed steamed, chopped or blended to increase absorption.

Carrots are low-medium on the glycemic index (how quickly blood sugar can rise).

🌈 Orange carrots have the highest amount of the antioxidant beta carotene.

🌈 Purple carrots contain anthocyanins - these pigments are powerful antioxidants that can protect fragile cells from free radicals.

🌈 Red carrots contain the carotenoid lycopene, yellow carrots lutein both of which are great for eye health.

Carrot greens (tops) blended up are high in fibre, Vit K, Vit C and antioxidants so don’t discard them.

Chunks of carrot can be a choking risk so be sure to supervise if you have a puppy or a dog who doesn’t chew properly.

As always, feed veges in moderation.

Right, who’s off to find some purple, red and yellow carrots!? 🥕