Looking to add some more variety to your dog’s diet? Wondering what foods would be good ones to feed your dogs? In this article, we’ll look specifically at carrots and answer the common question. Can dogs eat carrots?
As pet owners, it can be difficult to think of new ways to improve our dog’s diet. We have our favorite brands of dog food we buy based on recommendations from our vet or friends or online reviews (to get some advice on picking out healthy dog food for your pet, see the article by Dr. Sara here).
Aside from store-bought foods, there are vets and others who suggest you just create your own fresh dog food at home. This way, you know exactly what goes into your dog’s diet and you can keep track of what they eat.
There are plenty of fresh dog food recipes you can find online. One of the most popular ingredients featured in these recipes are carrots.
Can Dogs Eat Carrots?
So, yes, dogs CAN eat carrots and fresh carrots are very good for your dog’s health. Veterinary experts say that incorporating fresh carrots into your dog’s diet is healthy for dogs and can be fed to your dogs daily.
Carrots are high in fiber and great for your dog’s dental health. These orange vegetables are also filled with antioxidants which can help your dog battle different types of diseases.
They are also filled with Vitamin A which plays a crucial role in maintaining your dog’s overall health. Vitamin A can help with reproductive health, bone growth, protecting the immune system, and cellular differentiation to name a few. Though it can be harmful in large quantities.
Plus carrots are also good for your dog’s eyesight. Similar to us humans, carrots can help your dog’s vision to stay sharp.
Potassium, calcium, beta-carotene, magnesium, Vitamin B, C, D, E and K, niacin, and phosphorus are also found in carrots. It can also help polish your dog’s pearly whites if you give them to them as snacks.
These also make a great treat for your dogs as opposed to processed dog treats. If you have a small breed dog, it is best to give them baby carrots or sliced carrots. For larger dogs, you can give them whole carrots to chew on.
Just make sure to peel the carrots you feed your dogs. You can also lightly steam them to make it easy for your dogs to chew through. Steamed carrots are also easier to digest.
So, can your dog eat carrots? Absolutely yes! Carrots are a great food to feed your favorite pooch!
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This article is part of our special series of articles about “What Human Foods Can Dogs Eat?”
Please check out other articles in the series including: Can Dogs Eat Cashews?