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Meet This Little Dog Who Eats Up All Her Vegetables, Raw!

   width=We are used to encouraging our young children to eat up their veggies but perhaps not our pets. I have a friend with a Scottish Terrier known as Libby - and she just relishes the opportunity to snack on raw vegetables. Libby and her owner spend time on the allotment site where her owner is always busy digging, planting and weeding to grow fruit, vegetables and flowers. While all this is happening, Libby is contemplating her next opportunity to get a taste of some of those vegetables. Her favourite must be carrots straight from the ground, she is not fussy about a bit of dirt still clinging to this root vegetable! She has been known (when no one is looking) to reach out and snap off a Brussels sprout in just a couple of seconds. When a whole row of parsnips was dug up and harvested, she made sure she got her share.

Should owners include raw veggies in the food they give their dogs?

Yes, many experts recommend that fruit and vegetable ingredients are blended before adding to your dog's meal. Here are some nutritious examples to include: Root Vegetables such as carrots, sweet potato, swede and butternut squash. Green Vegetables including peas, spinach, seaweed and kale. Fruits such as apple, cranberries, blackberries, blueberries and plums. Non-starchy grains including parboiled brown rice and oats.

What are the benefits of fresh fruit and veggies for your dog?

Fruits and vegetables carry some unique benefits your dog can’t get from animal products. It is understood that when they were living in the wild, your dog’s ancestors ate a reasonable amount of grasses and berries. We have shared our top ten tips for keeping your pet happy and healthy before... Here is a list of those benefits from adding raw fruit and veggies: Prebiotics (fiber) are indigestible plant fibers helping to improve your dog's gut health. Chlorphyll is the green pigment in plants that makes your dog’s cells detox his liver and digestive system. Carotenoids are important antioxidants that protect your dog from aging and disease. They are found in yellow, orange and red colored fruits and vegetables like squash, carrots and cantaloupe. Lycopene is another powerful antioxidant, giving many vegetables their red color. It is found in tomatoes, carrots, red cabbage and watermelon. Lutein is a further antioxidant that is known to protect the eyes, skin and heart and is found in dark leafy greens and in yellow plants, including kale, broccoli, oranges and papaya. Flavonoids or bioflavonoids can regulate cell signaling and in addition contain antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. It is usually the case that the more colorful the plant food, the higher it is in bioflavonoids. If your dog is unlike Libby above and cannot be persuaded to chomp on raw veggies, you can either run them through a juicer or lightly steam them first before adding to his or her food. Their health can only benefit from this extra ingredient in their diet.    width=