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Can Dogs Eat Carrots? Find Out What To Feed Your Canine BFF

Can Dogs Eat Carrots? Find Out What To Feed Your Canine BFF

Written By Rebecca Paredes

Jun 1, 2016

Yes, dogs can eat carrots! They're loaded with nutrients and can act as a treat to keep your pup's teeth clean. You should always ask your vet if you’re not sure about giving your pup human food, but carrots can be a great supplement for your dog’s diet.

We know it’s tough to ignore your dog’s pleading eyes at the dinner table. “Human,” they seem to ask, “where’s my plate?” While it’s understandable that you sometimes want to spoil your pup, you should know what not to feed dogs as a responsible pet owner.

In terms of the vegetables dogs can eat, carrots are actually good for dogs — when they’re given in moderation!

Here’s why we love carrots for dogs:

Carrots Are Loaded With Nutrients

Dog bowl with carrots and meat

You may have heard that eating carrots can help improve your vision. The same is true for dogs! Carrots contain beta-carotene, which is used by the body to make vitamin A.

What does vitamin A do? It helps people (and pooches) see under low-light conditions by converting light into a signal, which is then transmitted to the brain. In fact, this vitamin is so important that the cornea — the clear front portion of your eye — can actually disappear if you or your dog are deficient in vitamin A!

Vitamin A also supports the health of your dog’s immune system, skin, and coat. In fact, the symptoms of vitamin A deficiency in dogs include poor hair and skin quality, as well as night blindness. Your dog’s food should already contain a dose of vitamin A, but carrots can be a great dietary supplement!

Carrots are also high in fiber, which can help your pooch if they have loose stools. A few carrots can help bulk up their stools to make them more regular. (But ask your vet for guidance first!)

Keep in mind that carrots are packed with natural sugar, so you should only give them to your dog in moderation. But a carrot every once in a while can be a welcome treat!

Carrots Can Clean Your Dog’s Teeth

Can dogs eat carrots? Yes, they can!

Can dogs eat raw carrots? Absolutely! They’re crunchy, tasty, and good for your dog’s chompers! Dental health is an important part of keeping your dog happy and healthy, and carrots help your dog polish their pearly whites.

When your dog chews on something crunchy, the mechanical scraping against their teeth can reduce plaque buildup. This is especially helpful for daily dental cleaning if your dog doesn’t like to have their teeth brushed!

If your dog is older or has poor dental health, you might worry about feeding them a gigantic carrot. Consider giving them a baby carrot instead — it's easier for small to medium-sized dogs to chew, and it'll clean their chompers. As with all new treats and toys, be sure to keep an eye on your pup when they’re chowing down on a carrot for the first time.

Carrots Are Easy To Use In Dog-Friendly Recipes

Homemade dog treats spilling from jar

Here are some of our favorite ways to use carrots in your dog food recipes!

Frozen Treats

Slice carrots and freeze them in ice cube trays with water. In the summer, your pup will love chomping and licking a cool ice cube — with the frozen carrot slice as an added bonus!

Homemade Dog Food

Carrots are healthy vegetables dogs can eat as part of a balanced, homemade meal for dogs. You can throw carrots into a slow cooker along with proteins, grains, and boosters, and make a meal fit for a furry king! Click here to check out our infographic on DIY dog chow.

Homemade Dog Treats

You can quickly and easily make homemade dog treats using a few basic ingredients that are already in your pantry — including carrots! This is a peanut butter dog treat recipe that our pooches swear by:

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup of grated carrots
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tablespoons peanut butter

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
  • Mix ingredients to form a dough
  • Scoop 1” balls of dough onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Press down on the dough balls in order to form biscuits
  • Bake until golden brown, about 10 to 12 minutes

Carrots: Vegetables Good For Dogs

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Carrots can be awesome treats to feed your dog! Just remember: consult your vet with any dietary questions, and start off by giving your dog small amounts of carrots first. Don't leave them unsupervised with new treats, either.

What are your favorite ways to give carrots to dogs? Tell us in the comments!