Wednesday, November 23, 2022

What Vegetables Are Good For Your Pet?

Vegetables are nature's medicine!  Each different color of veggie provides specific nutrients and health benefits.   Yellow and orange vegetables, like carrots, yellow squash, sweet potatoes and pumpkin are naturally high in carotenes.  Carotenes are phytonutrients that  can help protect healthy cells and reduce oxidative stress.   Leafy greens and other green vegetables, like zucchini, asparagus, broccoli, Brussels sprouts and kale, are rich in chlorophyll, vitamins and fiber. 

A recent research study showed that Scottish terriers that ate green leafy vegetables and yellow-orange vegetables at least three times a week had a significantly reduced risk of developing bladder cancer (TCC - transitional cell carcinoma)*. 

*Reference: Research study: Evaluation of the effect of dietary vegetable consumption on reducing risk of transitional cell carcinoma of the urinary bladder in Scottish Terriers. J Am Vet Med Assoc. 2005 Jul 1;227(1):94-100. Malathi Raghavan, Deborah W. Knapp, Patty L. Bonney, Marcia H. Dawson, Lawrence T. Glickman.