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Are you looking to add carrots to your dog’s diet?
Great news! Unless diabetes is a factor, this veggie is an all-around excellent treat for your pet pooch.
With that being said, dogs often have a bit of difficulty digesting the nutrients in carrots — at least in raw form.
Truth be told, uncooked carrots are essentially a chew toy. But even this could be beneficial for your dog’s dental health while also keeping them pretty busy!
As for chowing down…
Dogs Can Eat Carrots
Share some and you may even start to see an improved skin and coat as well as increased energy levels.
So yes! This wholesome food is wonderful for dogs too.
Doggie Diarrhea Remedy
Much like pumpkin, carrots have an amazing ability to alleviate bowel irregularity.
Olewo Carrots Digestive Dog Food is supplement our dogs have benefited from over the years. The dehydrated fiber works wonders for diarrhea and even upset stomach.
Of course, you can also just keep it very simple…
Shred and lightly cook your carrots. This easy preparation effort will enable your dog to get as much of the nutrients as possible.
More Reasons To Share
Carrots have almost too many desirable attributes to list!
You have vitamin A (beta-carotene), C, D, E, K (phylloquinone), B1 and B6 but also biotin and potassium.
You want your dog to absorb these as it will boost their immune system.
What’s super desirable, at least from a treat perspective, is the fact that carrots are low in calories. A nearly perfect reward!
Safety First And Digestion
Providing whole carrots could be a bit concerning from a safety standpoint. The reason is that canine consumption, in this way, comes with a choking possibility.
So it cannot be stressed enough:
Stick to carrots in shredded form or at least cut up into small pieces. Do that and you won’t need to worry!
Again, many dogs have a hard time fully digesting vegetables. An indicator of this would be undigested carrots in bowel movements.
While this usually is not a huge cause for concern, it may mean better preparation is necessary.
The point is this:
Do not expect much by just tossing your dog a entire raw carrot. A bit of prep work really is necessary.
Caution: Diabetic dogs should only get limited portions due to the natural sugars.
Carrots in Dog Treats
Many conventional dog treats, unfortunately, contribute to medical problems – obesity included.
Freshly peeled carrots, by contrast, are an awesome alternative! Kudos for thinking of it.
Check out this video for a recipe idea!
Looking for a more convenient option?
Well, dog food companies are catching on. For example, there are grain-free crunchy puppy bites that incorporate carrots.
The Bottom Line
There are smart reasons to share carrots with your dog.
Basically, this vegetable is an outstanding digestive aid that also happens to be low in calories. Stronger teeth, a prettier coat and immune system support are additional perks.
Gently cooked and shredded is the best way to serve carrots to your dog!