Dogs can eat both cooked and un-cooked carrots! Un-cooked carrots are excellent for their teeth and make a wonderfully healthy chewing toy (and prevents them from chewing other things in your house too!). Chewing on carrots, as with anything, helps reduce a dogs anxiety levels if they suffer from high anxiety.
Carrots improve your pups vision, because they are rich in beta-carotene which is converted to vitamin A in the liver. Vitamin A is transformed in the retina to rhodopsin, a purple pigment necessary for night vision. Not only do carrots help with vision but they help reduce the risk of developing certain cancer types and act as an antioxidant to fight off free radicals which contribute to aging and disease.
Broccoli is good for both humans and dogs, however be sure to not feed them too much broccoli as it can upset their digestive system. Broccoli, as with all green vegetables, are an excellent source of chlorophyll which exerts a protective defence against carcinogens. Broccoli also contains a compound called sulforphane which helps boost the immune system!
Celery is a great snack to let your dog enjoy. They are filled with vitamin A, B vitamins, Vitamin C as well as potassium, folic acid, calcium, magnesium, iron, phosphorous, sodium and plenty of amino acids. The natural cell salts in the celery are essential for optimal health, and the fibre aids in regular bowel movements.
Celery contains pthalides which helps lower cholesterol as well as lower blood pressure by relaxing the muscles around the arteries and allows vessels to dilate. The calcium, magnesium, and potassium in celery also help regulate blood pressure.
4. Green Beans
Green beans provide many healthy benefits for your dog. They improve blood fat levels and protect against oxidative damage caused by free radicals. They are a great source of fibre, vitamin K and C, and manganese, and contain heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids.
Spinach is rich in antioxidants and iron which is wonderful if your dog suffers from anemia. It is also high in vitamin K which is crucial for maintaining bone health and proper bone growth. The antioxidants in spinach help ward off inflammation and supports the cardiovascular system, as well as reduces the chance of developing certain types of cancers.
Pumpkin is wonderful for the intestinal health of your dog (especially dogs who suffer from digestive problems). The fibre in pumpkin helps absorb water, and so it alleviates diarrhea. It also helps in the case of constipation, because the fibre pushes out any blockages. Pumpkin is rich in vitamin C and beta-carotene as well, helping to improve the immune system and strengthen eyesight.