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Dakota loves carots, would it be a good idea to include some in her food daily?  If so, is there a certain amount that we should or shouldn't put?  Are there other vegetables anyone has tried that their pup likes?   Thanks!

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Yup.. Carrots are a favorite.. and she aDORES celery. Just a few baby carrots a day and a couple of stalks of celery. I've topped her food with green beans.. so-so.

Other vegetables include the broccoli the bunnies didn't get, and of course, potato chips.. well .. they're sorta a vegetable. Seriously.. rarely do we give her anything unhealthy as she does have a low thyroid and is watching her figure.. Bikini season is almost over, but it's still important to watch the waistline for our Diva..

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My dogs will eat nearly anything I hand them.  Cucumbers are a favourite for them.  I hate them and I'm always picking them out of any Greek salads I bring home and throwing them to the dogs.  They love broccoli and cauliflower, carrots and celery, peas, beans, corn, etc.  They love blueberries, apples and bananas.  They'll eat leaves of lettuce.  This week I discovered that I have a potato thief since all but one disappeared from my potato basket and I haven't had any potatoes this week. 

While they may love things like carrots, they don't really derive much from them when fed raw.  You'll usually see chunks in their stool later.  Carrots need to be steamed or cooked to break them down at a cellular level for them to offer nutrition to the dogs.  But raw carrots may be helpful for cleaning their teeth. 

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thanks for the great response glengate, and you're absolutely right, she does poop out chunks of carrots.  She does love them, more than any treats she's had so far.  So I guess we'll look into steaming them so she doesn't fill up on something that is taking the place of her food but offering little nutrition.

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Axel Loves carrots, our vet recommended them as a treat.

we are working on"sit" with Axel and tried using a carrot as a treat, at first he was skeptical, but OMG, he sure does LOOOVE them!

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I have never tried giving Athena carrots, definitely going to have to try since everyone else loves them so much.  A good way to steam veggies and keep them semi crunchy....put the veggies in the bottom of a pot and add about 1-2 inches of water (depending on how many veggies you have in there) cook on high just until they start boiling, then turn the heat off completely.  Leave pot covered and on the burner for about5 min or so depending on how soft you want them...if you leave them too long they will be completely soft.  No need for a steamer basket this way :)

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I've tried carrots...   I've tried green beans...   I've tried peas...   Nope!!!  (Remember those pictures?)  Thing 1 & Thing 2 don't want anything to do with them.  I used to give Brinks a big raw carrot when he was teething, he liked them straight out of the fridge because the cool felt good on his gums.  When I offer either of them carrots now they just look at me like I've suddenly grown 2 heads & they have no idea who I think I am!

Brinks also used to like bananas & sliced apples but - just like a teenager - he no longer wants anything to do with fruits & veggies.

I think I'll check out broccoli - I've never given them any, mostly because when I fix it for the humans there's rarely any left over.  I think I'll sneak a couple of florets out next time & try it...