Can Dogs Eat Carrots?

Can Dogs Eat Carrots?

by ScritchSpot

The quick answer: Yes—and many dogs enjoy the flavor and crunchy texture of a carrot, too.

Benefits of carrots

Perhaps it’s the slightly sweet taste or that satisfying crunch, but some dogs just go crazy for carrots! Inexpensive and a common staple in many households, carrots are a great way to treat your dog without all the calories of a standard dog biscuit. Plus, carrots are an excellent source of vitamin A, potassium, and fiber. 

Both raw and cooked carrots are safe to feed to dogs. For eager gobblers, cut carrots into bite-sized pieces to prevent choking. A whole carrot makes a great chew toy for teething puppies and frozen carrots are a safe option for tough chewers to gnaw on. Bonus: chewing on carrots can also help clean your dog’s teeth (but that doesn’t mean you’re off the hook for regular brushing).

Hazards

As with anything you feed your dog, don’t overdo it! Carrots contain natural sugars, so it is possible for your dog to have too much of a good thing. Added fruits and vegetables should make up no more than 10-20% of your dog’s diet. 

Recipe

Try pureeing steamed carrots and scooping the puree into a Kong toy; you could even freeze it for an extra challenge. Another option is to bake carrots into dog treats, like the one below.

Carrot oat applesauce treats recipe from Baking Mischief

  • 1/2 cup quick oats
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/2 cup (about 1 large) carrot finely grated
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour

Preheat the oven to 350°F and cover a baking tray with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.

Mix all four ingredients in a medium bowl.

Use a tablespoon to drop clumps of the mixture on to the baking tray.

Bake for 18-20 minutes, until treats are set.

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