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Old 09-29-2017, 05:08 PM
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I gave Buddy Bear and Jojo small pieces of carrots this morning. I'm interested in starting to add "fresh" vegetables and fruits. But I know nothing about serving sizes. Since I gave them carrots this morning they shouldn't be allowed to have nothing else other then kibble.
For example can I give them carrots with breakfast and a slice of apple or blueberries for dinner. Would that be too much? Should I only give them carrots once a week.
I also want to add yogurt to Buddy Bear kibble. Which I've done before but should it only be once a week?
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Old 09-30-2017, 01:32 AM
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I hope the carrots are cooked! Dogs don't/can't digest raw vegies. I feed my pups cooked vegies all the time. Mashed calliflower, carrots, green beens, mashed potatoes, fruit etc. The youngest isn't too excited about vegies, but likes fruits!
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Old 09-30-2017, 02:55 AM
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I hope the carrots are cooked! Dogs don't/can't digest raw vegies. I feed my pups cooked vegies all the time. Mashed calliflower, carrots, green beens, mashed potatoes, fruit etc. The youngest isn't too excited about vegies, but likes fruits!
IT WAS NOT COOKED, IT WAS A RAW CARROT!
What does that mean? Are they gonna get sick or something???
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Old 09-30-2017, 03:29 PM
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A small raw amount will not hurt. If the dog doesn't throw them up---well that's good. You might see some residue of the carrot in the stool, so don't be surprised. Some bigger dogs can handle raw vegies some can't. I remember that one of the 'therapy' dogs I worked with ate small amounts of raw carrots as a treat! Didn't seem to bother them. Don't worry! I didn't mean to upset you! Just watch and see!
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Old 09-30-2017, 05:37 PM
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Oh okay. I seriously thought I did something very wrong.
I also was a bit concerned about their tummies not responding well to the raw carrot especially because it being their 1st time. So I did tell my family member who takes them out to call me if they had vomited or had any loose stools. She called me that same day reassuring me that they were just fine and that they didn't even eat all of it.
I didn't know it was better to cook them until last night when I looked it up. But the main reason I wanted to try it because it makes them cruch on something which would be good for their teeth. I give them Greenies/Minties but a piece of carrot is healthier. I will be looking at their stools to see if they have any orange residue/ pieces.
If I cook them it won't have the same crunch factor but this is why I give them very little and probably only once a week.
I was also looking into making the dogs a chicken broth homemade but I honestly don't know if I should. I'm not trying to drastically change their food but I just want to start adding a bit of safe human food other than just peanut butter and turkey.
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Hi Ari405

Our Chihuahua is 3 1/2 years old. We have been feeding him raw baby carrots all this time. Try to get the bag that has the smallest baby carrots.. At lunch we cut up 2 to 3 carrots in small pieces and add them to his food dish every day, only at lunch, they are good for him. You might see some in his tootsie rolls but nothing to worry about, Also we give him some scramble eggs 2 times a week with his dry food. We feed him Taste of the Wild. He also likes canned green beans when we have them. Good luck.
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Since he hasn't shown any signs that his tummy can't handle carrots I plan on adding them a bit more regular mixed with his kibble. I'll try apples (no seeds or the core)
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Raw carrots as a chew are fine, but it is true dogs can't really digest raw whole plant matter. They can't break down the cell walls of plants, so fruits and veggies need to be cooked or ground very fine for them to get any nutritional benefit. As Susan said, some dogs can handle passing undigested veggies, but others can't, so you just have to try it and see what happens.
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