Posted Date: January 18, 2016
Adding fresh vegetables to your dog's meal can improve their health (and reduce waste!)
Anna-Marija Helt, PhD, a writer with Zuke's, discusses the benefits of vegetables to your dog's health. Many dog owners are not aware that vegetables are perfectly healthy to give to dogs, and in fact can be a real benefit to their health. It's also a great way to use up parts of the vegetable you may not use, such as broccoli stalks!
Vegetables are an excellent source of vitamins, minerals, fiber, flavonoids and cartenoids. Research indicates that providing a diet with a lot of vegetables can greatly diminish the chance of becoming sick with diseases like cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and more, as well as reduce the risks from obesity by keeping your dog lean.
Dr. Helt describes some excellent options for dogs such as root vegetables (carrots, beets, and sweet potatoes) which are a good source for vitamins and minerals. Dogs can even use full carrots as a healthy chew alternative to bones and rawhides. Other options which you can feed raw are greens, alfalfa sprouts, and zucchini and cooked veggie options include broccoli, spinach, peas, and more.
For more information, read Dr. Helt's article, which also includes helpful tips on growing your own vegetables for your dogs!
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