Many dog owners think that canned dog food and dry kibble are enough to meet the nutritional needs of our furry friends. In fact, vegetables that are a great source of vitamins and minerals for humans are equally advantageous for the overall health of our pet dogs.
Although there are some dog foods that say they use all organic and natural ingredients, the nutrients are still considered synthetic and lack the essential whole vitamins and minerals. Many are highly processed, and consist mostly of grain-based substances.
Yellow, red, and orange vegetables are great for dogs because they are almost always full of nutrients. Most vegetables have antioxidants that help combat cancer. But not all vegetables are good for dogs and organically grown vegetables are still the best.
Carrots – these are a great source of the vitamin beta carotene. It is a type of nutrient that is converted to vitamin A. It is also an antioxidant that prevents cancer. Carrots also contain vitamin C that helps produce collagen. This is absorbed by muscles, bone, blood vessels, and cartilage so that the body can absorb iron. Carrots are also known for supporting good eyesight by nourishing the optic nerves. This vegetable is packed with vitamins D, E, K, niacin, riboflavin, potassium, sodium, phosphorous, magnesium, and iron, which are all important in supporting digestion and the immune system.
Broccoli – It is a known fact that broccoli contains 33 cancer fighting compounds and many phytochemicals, and builds enzymes that prevent carcinogens from developing and destroying cells. Broccoli is a low glycemic vegetable and will not increase the blood glucose levels. Also, it has vitamins A, C, D, beta carotene, fibre, folic acid, calcium, and chromium, all of which are wonderful nutrients for the body.
Celery – it helps strengthen the heart and reduces the chances of developing cancer. It is a vegetable rich in potassium, phosphorous, calcium, iron, sodium, and vitamins A, B and, C. Celery also contains 3-n-butylphthalide, a phytochemical that fights cancer-causing tumors. It also helps lower cholesterol levels and blood pressure.
Spinach – it contains double the amount of iron found in many other types of greens. It is also a great source of calcium, fiber, vitamins A, B6, and K, and potassium. Spinach also helps in preventing cardiovascular issues, cancer, and inflammatory health issues from the carotenoids and flavonoids found in the leafy vegetable.
NEVER feed your dog: onions, grapes, raisins, or chocolate.