Can I Give My Dog Carrots?

Can I Give My Dog Carrots?Obviously carrots offer many health benefits. As children we often heard something like, “eat your carrots, they’re good for your eyes!” but does this actually apply to dogs as well?

Carrots won’t cause any harm unless diabetes is a factor in which case sugar and carbohydrate intake should be restricted. Carrots can, in fact, be a very healthy treat and even a vitamin supplement for your dog but there’s more to know!

Hopefully your best buddy can digest and properly absorb this vegetable’s wonderful nutrients. The problem is that the vitamins and minerals are deeply embedded in the cellulose. If so, their immune system will strengthen and there are so many other positives!

Can My Dog Have Carrots? Answer: Yes

Carrots can provide amazing benefits to dogs including healthy skin and coat as well as improved vitality.

Dogs generally respond well to consuming raw carrots and also enjoy the crunchiness. However, many pets don’t digest them as well as humans do. But make no mistake, carrots can be fantastic for canine digestion when they are served effectively. That’s why we sometimes give our best buddies Olewo Carrots when they have diarrhea or upset stomach. They’re specially prepared for dogs and are non-GMO. Works every time!

What’s Up Doc!

This very popular vegetable is packed with vitamin A, C, D, E, K, B1 and B6. Carrot aren’t just good for the eyes but they promote general well-being and a strong immune system. As a bonus, they are good for maintaining strong and healthy canine teeth. Raw carrots are low in calories and make for a nice treat on occasion. However, large amounts can be unhealthy for your dog because they’re high in carbohydrates. Logically, too much of anything is unhealthy.

If your dog has diabetes ask your vet before you give them any kind of table foods. Carrots contain natural sugars and could cause sugar levels to go up.

Tip on Feeding Carrots

Carrots, and even carrot juice, can be given to dogs in moderation. Cooked carrots can also be fed but don’t add spices or sugar or salt. It may be best to give your dog baby carrots. At the very least, larger carrots should be cut up to improve digestive and prevent them from choking. Your dog may have a hard time digesting vegetables in general, since dogs are primarily carnivores. You may see pieces of undigested vegetables in their bowel movements.

For teething puppies, frozen carrots will feel good on the gums.

Carrots vs. Dog Treats

Help your dog stay fit by providing them with healthy foods. Many conventional dog treats eventually cause health problems and obesity. Just because the marketing on a retail box says certain dog biscuits are great, it doesn’t mean they actually are. Carrots are a healthy alternative for them!

If you want to give your pup some treats designed for dogs, look for one without artificial sweeteners, sodium, sugar, dairy or just too many fillers. Believe it or not, a carrot-flavored grain-free dog treat (also works as a dental chew) is actually very popular!

Regarding Table Scraps

On occasion people sneak their dogs a scrap or two from the dinner table. This can be harmless but does run the risk of causing your four-legged friend’s digestive system to get overworked. They could end up with gas, a belly ache and sometimes diarrhea or constipation.

In this case, carrots could actually come to the rescue. They are, therefore, an okay table scrap for dogs. Cooked or raw, your dog may benefit in the digestion department. So rather than risking another one of those terrible upset stomachs, be smart about what you give them.

Conclusion on Carrots

Carrots are definitely a great treat, health supplement and potential digestive aid for your puppy or adult dog. With all its nutrients, this classic vegetable can make for an overall healthier dog with several side benefits such as stronger teeth and healthier coat. It also won’t contribute to obesity later in life when their digestive tracts start to slow down. Just be sure to serve it in such a way that they can properly digest it. But, as a reminder, vegetables should never replace their regular dog food.

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Lei September, 2015

My small 20 pound dog is a mixed breed and he’s a year and a half old. He was diagnosed with a liver shunt when I first got him at 4 months old. I just gave him his first carrot today but he wasn’t into it. Today I threw it in the freezer, for like an hour, and he crunched it all up! Is it okay for him concerning the liver shunt? He’s on a special dry food diet and his treats need to be very low protein like 5-7 percent. What other veggies can I give him as treats that are low in protein?

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Maddie April, 2015

My pup named Popcorn absolutely loves carrots! When he does something right, for example peeing in the right place, I give him a slice of carrot. But it’s important not to give big slices because your dog can get sick if he eats too much. I recommend maximum 8 slices of carrots a day.

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Kathryn January, 2015

I am wondering, how many carrots are too many? I use baby carrots and my dogs will eat as many as I will feed them each day. I usually give them 3-4 baby carrots 3-4 times per day. Is this okay? I have been able to switch them over to carrots from store bought healthy dog cookies and would like to never give them anything but carrots. I just want to make sure that I’m not over loading them. There are times when I give them 6 smallish baby carrots. They love them!

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Maddie April, 2015

Kathryn, I recommend if you give baby carrots, maximum 9 per day. But if you are giving them slices of big carrots, max 8 smallish slices. Hope this helped!

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Taylor July, 2014

As an expat living in the West Indies, I found it very difficult to find healthy food for my dogs. It has only been in the last 15 years that stores began importing dry dog food. Most island dogs, if they are lucky, get bread and water or chicken backs/necks. My dogs were getting imported chicken breast, at $22.00 lb, ground beef $18.00 lb, etc.

I wanted my dogs to have the best but also had to consider cost. I make my own cookies and now make them chicken meat loaf where I incorporate veggies. They love it. I have a friend who gives his dog a plate of lightly steamed veggies every day as a treat and the dog cleans it all up.

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Maddie April, 2015

Taylor, I have a really easy and healthy doggy treat recipe. You will just need 2 things:

Any type of baby food (except garlic and onion flavored)
1 cup of flour

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
Mix the baby food and the flour in a bowl until it forms a dough
Put some wax paper on your baking sheet
Roll balls of the dough and place them on the wax paper
Bake for 15 to 20 minutes

I hope this helped!

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Craig April, 2015

Sounds like you would do well to get some chickens and start making food using the fresh eggs. It’s just a thought.

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Judy January, 2014

As you have mentioned carrots are very healthy, and although they contain sugar, it’s low in sugar, and can be given to a diabetic dog. However, I would think in moderation like anything else. The vet who treats our diabetic Mini Schnauzer does not recommend a dog food with a higher than 10 percent fat.

We also give our diabetic dog, and our other dogs “5 Grains”. Bob’s Red Mill, (oats, rye, Barley, flaxseed, Triticale), mixed in with dry food, or veggies. Our favorite veggies are broccoli, cauliflower and Kale. I hate it when people use the term “people food”.

Where do they think the food comes from? It is the same food we eat, after it has been dehydrated, or processed in a different form, sometimes parts of the animal no one will eat. But they chunk it in the mix. Of course, there are some foods and herbs that are toxic to dogs, and a dog owner should make it their responsibility, if they are going to adopt a dog, to know that they are. I do not agree with giving a dog, only dry dog food. To me, that would be the same as a human eating a type of dry food for every meal.

We like to buy lean chicken breast for our dogs, and add that in with their meal (or dry food). I like to know what my dogs are consuming, since they are a member of our family, just as a child would be.

Although, I’m not a vet, nor a vet tech, my experience as a former nurse tells me it was the commercial dry food that put our dog at risk for diabetes, since most dry foods contain, large amounts of corn. That is like eating candy. So now, only high premium dogs foods that do not contain corn in any form.

We are finding out now just how intelligent dogs are. They love to enjoy life, just as humans do. They like going for rides and trips. They like activities, and learning. Some people say dogs do not think, but they do. I have seen my dogs actually reasoning, and their choices really surprised me, as they were very sensible. I am writing all of this to say that commercial food isn’t always good for them. I have even made my own dog food using a food processor. It’s more work, but if you have the time, and the love, it is very much worth it.

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Harudah February, 2015

Absolutely! I like to cook rice, green beans and carrots. All the main veggies really. I share with my dog what I eat. My little Yorkshire Poodle loves carrots, like a rabbit really! I give him half a stick every couple of days. Dentastix is apparently good for teeth but I think he loves carrots more. I can hear him crunching it. It’s too cute.

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