While Rover most likely isn't going to join you at the local salad bar, the chances that he needs the nutrient content in vegetables too are as good as the likelihood that you'll use too much salad dressing. Add veggies to his diet to boost nutritional health.
The vitamins B, C, D, E and K plentifully found in carrots that help boost human eyesight do the same for canine vision. Carrots can be fed to dogs either cooked or raw. Many dog owners report that their canine companions prefer raw carrot sticks. This is a beneficial trend in that chewing on the roughage of a carrot stick can help to reduce the build-up of tarter on teeth and gums.
All potatoes are an excellent source of carbohydrate energy for dogs. However, being extremely high in starch means that dogs consuming large amounts of potatoes should also get plenty of exercise to avoid weight gain. That said, only feed dogs cooked and peeled potatoes, not only to aid in digestion but to also avoid canines from consuming peelings or potato "eyes" that contain harmful enzymes.
This vegetable has a high content of vitamins A and C as well as several from the B vitamin series. It also contains vitamin E, which plays a well-documented role in proper cell production and works as an anti-inflammatory agent for several skin disorders. Green beans are chock full of calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium and zinc. In terms of metabolic benefits, green beans require more energy to digest making them a tasty alternative to treats when trying to manage weight.
Squash offers adequate levels of potassium, and its content of vitamin A and calcium is not significantly diminished when cooked. This is important as each of these play a role in reducing the risk of heart failure as well as regulating kidney health.
Amy M. Armstrong is a former community news journalist with more than 15 years of experience writing features and covering school districts. She has received more than 40 awards for excellence in journalism and photography. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in communications from Washington State University. Armstrong grew up on a dairy farm in western Washington and wrote agricultural news while in college.