Is Frozen Carrots For Dogs a Good Idea?
The benefits of frozen carrots for dogs are many. Low in fat, high in fiber, big on flavor (most dogs love them!) and high on micronutrient content (often dogs rely on them for much more than they count on their human counterparts! ), carrots are an excellent trade-off for other high calorie treats such as peanut butter. Because they’re dense, they hold onto to nutrients and vitamins better than other vegetables.
Another upside to cooked carrots for dogs is that they are easy to digest quickly. Because the juices are low in fat and sugar, cooked carrots for dogs will help your pet maintain proper blood sugar levels. If you feed your pooch cooked vegetables, it will also help him avoid the “comfort foods” that can wreak havoc on your dog’s tummy and liver, resulting in excess flatulence, bloating, diarrhea, etc. In general, if you feed your dog cooked vegetables, this will save you a bunch of hassle and frustration, but if your dog is sensitive to cooked vegetables (like most dogs are) you may want to go with the raw version to avoid some of these issues.
I’ve also noticed a trend recently of people feeding their dogs raw baby carrots and / or raw vegetables so that they can enjoy all of the benefits of cooked carrots without having to worry about burning their mouths on hot dog treats. The reasoning behind this is simple: if you give your dog cooked vegetables he’ll have to work twice as hard to digest the same amount of vegetables. He won’t get as much energy out of them. And if he burns his mouth on hot dog treats he’ll be in pain for several days until he gets over it. So he’ll appreciate a good, safe burn that he can digest easily when he’s hungry.
So what are some good, safe, easy to digest carrot sticks for dogs? The short answer is: pretty much anything! Some good options include carrots and apple cider vinegar. If you have dogs that are into “training” things – such as how to sit, stay, come, etc. you could try giving them a combination of both. Just a couple of treats a day and it will teach them new behaviors and ease them into a more natural way of thinking about things and reacting to situations.
If you’re looking to provide a good source of nutrition for your dog, you could also try adding some carrots and other vegetables to his diet once or twice a week. You don’t have to go crazy and try lots of different vegetables – just add a few pieces of carrot stick or a few apples and be sure to use low-sugar fruits or vegetables whenever possible. Try doing this in the springtime when you can still get vegetables out of season and in stores that aren’t too packed. This should help make carrots something your dog can eat all year long. Of course, if he gets stuck with a bad recipe or just doesn’t like them any more, you can always throw them out and try another one.
Just because your dog doesn’t like a particular vegetable or doesn’t like to eat it on a regular basis, doesn’t mean you can’t provide it as a treat at certain times of the year. Most dogs love vegetables – and other fruits and veggies, as well as nuts, grains, and whole-grain products. Just be sure that it’s a healthy choice and always make sure your dog is eating it in moderation and within the context of your dog’s particular diet. Because dogs love to taste good and because the nutrients in fruits and veggies can really benefit your dog’s health in so many ways, why not add some carrots and other ingredients to his diet?