“Ehh, what’s up, Doc?” who wouldn’t remember the clever gray bunny nibbling on a carrot while he says this line? Carrots are a great source of beta-carotene that is converted by the liver into vitamin A which tremendously helps eyesight. Beta-carotene also contains falcarindiol and falcarinol, the latter is a pesticide naturally produced by the carrot plant to protect itself. These compounds are believed to help reduce breast, lung, and colon cancers. Mice that have been fed carrots under a study have shown 33% lower cancer risk. Beta-carotene is also an antioxidant which helps delay the onset of aging by minimizing the damage done to cells by regular metabolism. Alpha-carotene, the lesser known carotenoid is also present in carrots and research shows that it helps reduce heart disease.
If Bugs Can Eat Carrots, Can Scooby Doo Too?
Okay, carrots are packed with nutrition, but can dogs eat carrots? Yes, they can! They will also get all the benefits above just as humans do and more. Carrots also help keep your dog’s coat healthy and shiny from the inside because of the vitamin A and the antioxidant qualities of beta-carotene. This also helps a dog’s skin from pre-mature aging, acne, and dryness. Herbalists also believe that carrots can prevent infection and use them by shredding in placing them on cuts and abrasions on dogs as well as humans.
WARNING: It Might Get Messy
The only problem here is, some dogs love to chew carrots and leave bits all over the place. On the other hand, this can actually be beneficial to dog owners because instead of chewing shoes or the couch, dogs would prefer chewing on this crunchy and healthy treat. One great bonus is that having your dog chew on fresh, raw carrots would help clean their teeth and mouth, and also freshen their breath. So the next time you think of having your dog lick your face all over, why not give him a piece of carrot to chew before your he jumps all over you?