What Vegetables Are Safe for My Lab?
Just because a vegetable is safe to eat, it doesn’t mean it’s nutritious for your dog.
Be sure to check the benefits of each vegetable if you’re trying to give your dog a healthy treat. Also be sure you wash it thoroughly to remove any pesticides or harmful chemicals.
Cooked (without seasoning) or Raw, Carrots are a safe and popular vegetable choice for Labs and other dogs. In fact, it’s a very common ingredient in commercial dog foods.
Carrots contain antioxidants, vitamin K and vitamin B6.
Raw carrots can be a choking hazard, but some dogs will also enjoy their hardness to chew on. Raw carrots can also help to combat the buildup of plaque, and improve dental health. Cooking carrots will soften them, making them easier to chew and digest.
You can offer carrots with the skin on or off, again make sure they are washed.
Carrots are an inexpensive addition to your dog’s regular diet and treat regimen. They are safe to serve daily and can be added to any feeding.
When training your dog, carrots provide a healthy and low-calorie alternative to other dog treats and allowing your puppy chew on a frozen carrot can alleviate pain from teething.
Whether you include carrots as a crunchy treat or add them to a recipe for additional sweetness, you’ll know you are strengthening your dog’s immune system, aiding in digestion, maintaining good vision and promoting overall nutritional balance. Just don't allow your K9 friend to over indulge in this tasty treat. Although they are low in calories, they are also filling, he may not want to eat his dinner!
Just because Carrots are safe, don't go thinking you can put some of that birthday carrot cake on your babies plate. The ingredients usually found in carrot cake aren’t toxic to dogs, but the milk and high sugar content may cause tummy troubles, including vomiting and diarrhea.