Dogs and veggies, should dogs be eating vegetables? How should they eat them? Which ones should they eat? As we have said before, Mom is constantly working to make our food better and better for us. At the same time she is trying to feed us the best diet with the least work for her. Recently we added veggies to our food. Why? For many reasons.
Why are veggies good for dogs?
Dogs really need a lot of meat/protein in their diet, but veggies are also beneficial. They are not as expensive, lower in sugar than carbohydrates, and they make a good, nutritious, low calorie filler. Olivia is a veggie lover. She will steal celery stalks to chew on and she also loves to gnaw on whole carrots. She is so silly!
How should veggies be served?
Dogs digest things differently than humans. They have a short intestinal tract which means they are not able to break down things like raw vegetables. Have you noticed if you feed raw peas or carrots to your dog, they go in their mouth and come out the other end looking just the same? This is because their body can’t break down the raw vegetables quick enough. For this reason, veggies are best served in small pieces, grated, mashed or lightly steamed.
Dogs and veggies, yes please!
In February, we switched to a raw diet. We purchase it already to go in our bowls which saves Mom all the time and hassle of putting it together herself. All of us just love the food. We rotate through beef, turkey, pork, and chicken for variety. Sometimes we get eggs with our meals or fruits too. Now we get veggies with our dinners every night and we chow them right down.
Rather than trying to prepare fresh vegetables for us and having to figure out how to best store them we are eating dehydrated veggies. We each get one heaping tablespoon mixed in with our raw food and a small amount of water. The dehydrated veggies keep their nutrients, are in small pieces, and we are able to digest them pretty well.
What veggies are we eating?
On the advice of a friend, we are adding beets, carrots, and celery to our dinners daily. Mom mixes all three together in a huge bowl and then stores them in a plastic container. What do the veggies do for our health?
- Beets – they help reduce inflammation, decrease itching, excessive licking and chewing, promote healthy furs, decrease hot spots and seasonal allergies, help manage a healthy weight, and they boost energy levels. Beets are also easy for dogs to digest, especially in small pieces.
- Carrots – they boost a dog’s immune system, make skin healthier and furs shiny, keep the pup’s poop solid, decrease anal gland issues, and reduce gas.
- Celery – freshens breath, is packed with vitamin K for healthy bones, C for the immune system, A for great eyesight, potassium for hydration and to prevent muscle cramps, plus it has a lot of fiber.
What if your dog eats kibble?
No worries about what food your pup is eating. If she eats kibble or raw or something in between, you can simple hydrate the veggies and add them to her meal. We love the taste, and if Madison eats her veggies, we bet you a rabbit, your pup will eat them too. Keep it simple and keep it healthy is what we love to do! You can get dehydrated veggies wherever, we order ours from Amazon and it works out great. Bone Appetit!