Can Dogs Eat Carrots and How Much Can They Have?
When It comes to feeding our dogs there are many different theories what we can and can’t give our dogs. Here at Pretty Pup, we’ll explain about feeding your dogs carrots, can dogs eat carrots, whether they are good for your dogs, how often they can have carrots and the best way in which carrots should be fed to your fur baby. Take a look at our blog and let’s answer everything you need to know about carrots and dogs.
Can dogs have carrots?
The answer is yes!… Like many other fruit and vegetables, carrots are a great source of food that dogs are able to enjoy and the bonus…. They actually like the taste. They are low in calories but offer many great benefits from eating them, many people give their dogs carrots regularly as a healthy bite to eat making carrots the perfect snack for hungry dogs.
Are carrots good for dogs?
Now that we know dogs can eat carrots we also want to know if they are actually good for dogs. Carrots are rich in vitamin A which is essential for dog’s overall health, growth, immune system, cell function and reproduction. Carrots also contain potassium, fibre as well as many other vitamins, iron and calcium which all helps keep your dogs’ skin and coat healthy. Carrots make a great alternative treat compared to commercial treats we often use to spoil our dogs.
Ever heard the quote carrots make you see in the dark? Well in some aspects your parents were actually right, as carrots help with dog’s eye health, vision and can prevent eye infections and vision loss. Carrots contain antioxidants such as alpha-carotene and beta-carotene which convert to vitamin A which help maintain overall eye health in your dog.
Is it ok to give your dog carrots every day?
Carrots should take up no more than 10% of your dogs’ daily calories, although they are low calorie and a healthy option, they do contain a high amount of natural sugars. In moderation, carrots can be used as a healthy and nutritious snack but you need to take in consideration of the amount of food they are already having.
Note: Please keep in mind that vitamin A is a fat-soluble vitamin, in rare cases, it is possible for it to build up to a toxic level. Ensure you give your dog carrots in moderation, like everything in life moderation is key! And if you are considering giving your dog a large amount of vitamin A on a regular basis, make sure you consult with you veterinarian first.
Can puppies have carrots?
Once again, the answer is yes!……They are safe for puppies. Carrots make a great treat when training your puppy as they are low in calories yet high in vitamins. Ensure the carrots are cut up into appropriate size pieces, this prevents choking especially in small dogs. We also recommend you wash and peel the carrots first to make sure all dirt and pesticides have been removed.
Note: do not use baby carrots these can be a choking hazard.
Frozen carrots for dogs
Another great use for carrots is if your puppy or dog is having teething problems. Put the carrots in the freezer first, this way they can relieve their teething problems as well as dogs that eat aggressive and fast this can help with slowing them down. Ensure to wash the carrot first before freezing to make sure it’s clean. Carrots also make a safer option to bones as they can splinter and cause some serious damage.
Note: Do not freeze baby carrots as these could be a choking hazard for your dog.
Raw carrots for dogs
As most of us know it’s not the easiest of jobs cleaning your furry friends’ teeth, there is only a few that enjoy this procedure and let their owners brush them. However raw carrots are a great alternative way to help ‘clean’ your dogs’ teeth, they help remove food on the teeth and the build-up of plaque. They massage the gum which enhances blood flow to gum tissue as well as the minerals from the carrots destroying harmful germs in your dogs’ mouth and creating more saliva which is an acid neutralizer that helps wash sugars and food particles away that could lead up to plaque formation and help prevent gum disease.
Can dogs have cooked carrots?
Yes! Dogs can have cooked carrots too! However, when cooking them they actually lose some of their nutrients so the best way and healthiest way to do this is to steam them, steaming carrots also enhances their flavour so makes a yummy treat for your pooch!
How to steam carrots for your dog:
- Add water to your saucepan and bring to the boil
- Slice the carrots into appropriate sizes
- Steam for approx 8-12 minutes
- Drain the carrots
- Leave to cool
Carrot dog treats
There are many different types of treats you can make for your pooch including carrots, such as peanut butter and carrot cookies, sweet potato and carrot cookies apple and carrot cookies plus many more. They are all quick and easy to make and actually cost-effective. The benefit of these is you know exactly what goes into them and know your dog is receiving healthy and nutrient snacks as well as being low in calories but high in fibre.
Here are a few of our favourite recipes:
Here are also a few other great ways you can give your dog carrots as a treat
- Carrot cracker, chips or sticks
Adding grated carrot to the top of your pooch’s dinner adds extra nutrients and flavour, not only is it quick to prepare but is also cheap and low in calories. By doing this method it can also entice even the fussiest of dogs to try new meals.
Note: Make sure the carrot is washed before grating as you want to make sure it’s clean and free from pesticides.
If your struggling to get your dog to eat any vegetables or fruit then another alternative way is by juicing, although you lose the fibre from juicing carrots, they have a high amount of vitamin A.
Note: Fresh juice can be consumed after use but only store in the fridge for one day.
Carrot chips (Dehydrated Veg)