Can Dogs Eat Carrots?

They are better known as a bunny’s favorite food, but can dogs eat carrots too? If they can, will they boost canines’ health or are they just bad or non-beneficial for our furry-buddies? Let’s find out!

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 Quick answer:  Not only that they can, but they absolutely should (in moderation obviously), they could really boost your dog’s health.

Few Reasons Why You Should Feed Your Dog Carrots

  • Carrots are loaded with vitamin A, and vitamin A is known to enhance vision for both, humans and dogs. If you have an older dog, this vegetable is a great idea for him. And vitamin A also helps with flushing harmful toxins out of your dogs’ body. It is also reducing fat collected in the liver.
  • They also contain a high dosage of vitamin K, it promotes strong doggie bones. Feed your dog carrots, if he likes to jump or run all the time, vitamin K will give his bones stamina to handle those kinds of activities.
  • Carrots are great for canine oral hygiene. Minerals in the carrots will prevent any tooth damage, and their crunchiness will take off the plague or parts of the food that have been stuck between his teeth. They are like a natural toothbrush.
  • They reduce cholesterol levels.

What If I Feed My Dog Too Many Carrots?

Try not to do that if you want your dog to get the most benefits out of eating them. The worst case scenario is your dog will get diarrhea, because carrots are very high in fiber, and dogs do not need as much fiber as humans do. Most of the dogs can digest carrots, but some can’t. If you find pieces of carrot in their feces that means that your dog can’t digest them. So find some other solution to enhance your dog’s health. Always remember not to go overboard with any human food, and when you’re trying to include new food to your dog’s diet, give him just a little piece to check if his stomach can handle that. And then increase the amount. If you notice any change in his stool habits stops feeding him carrots!

How Can a Dog Eat Carrots?

There are two ways a dog can eat carrots, cooked and raw. If you’re cooking them, do not add salt. Shred them and wash properly before you cook them. Cooked carrots actually have more vitamin A then the raw. Slightly cooked and shredded carrots are the best option for your dog. If you’re feeding your dog raw carrots, wash them throughout to remove any pesticide that they may have. Next step is cutting your carrot into small pieces, this is an important one, especially if you have a smaller breed. Even if you have a bigger dog it is still not recommended to give him whole carrot stick because he may chock on it.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Let’s go over some of the most FAQ. It’s important to take everything into consideration, not only to educate ourselves but other dog owners also.

What is the Nutritional Value* of the Carrots? Raw Carrots:

·         35.0 Calories.
·         2.9 grams of Dietary Fiber.
·         8.0 mg. of Omega-3 Fatty Acids.
·         58.0 mg. of Omega-6 Fatty Acids.
·         4.8 grams of Sugar.
·         2.1 grams of Protein.
·         8.2 grams of Carbohydrate.
·         13790 IU of Vitamin A.
·         2.6 mg. of Vitamin C.
·         9.4 mg. of Vitamin K.
·         27.0 mcg. of Folate.
·         0.6 mg. of Niacin.
·         0.1 mg. of Vitamin B6.
·         7.5 mg. of Choline.
·         0.4 mg of Pantothenic Acid.
·         32 mg. of Calcium.
·         0.9 mg. of Iron.
·         10.0 mg. of Magnesium.
·         28.0 mg. of Phosphorus.
·         237 mg. of Potassium.
·         78.0 mg. of Sodium.
·         0.2 mg. of Zinc.
·         0.1 mg. of Copper.
·         0.2 mg. of Manganese.
·         90.4 grams of Water.

Cooked Carrots:

·         35.0 Calories.
·         8.2 grams of Dietary Fiber.
·         1.0 mg. of Omega-3 Fatty Acids.
·         87.0 mg. of Omega-6 Fatty Acids.
·         3.5 grams of Sugar.
·         0.8 grams of Protein.
·         8.2 grams of Carbohydrate.
·         17036 IU of Vitamin A.
·         3.6 mg. of Vitamin C.
·         1.o mg. of Vitamin E
·         13.7 mg. of Vitamin K.
·         27.0 mcg. of Folate.
·         0.6 mg. of Niacin.
·         0.2 mg. of Vitamin B6.
·         8.8 mg. of Choline.
·         0.1 mg. of Thiamin.
·         0.2 mg of Pantothenic Acid.
·         30.0 mg. of Calcium.
·         0.3 mg. of Iron.
·         10.0 mg. of Magnesium.
·         30.0 mg. of Phosphorus.
·         235 mg. of Potassium.
·         58.0 mg. of Sodium.
·         0.2 mg. of Zinc.
·         0.2 mg. of Manganese.
·         47.5 mg of Fluoride.
·         90.2 grams of Water.

*per 100 grams

What Dosage is Healthy? Either half of the stick of a big carrot, or few baby carrots a day. Not every day! Three times a week is enough. Like we already mentioned, carrots are high in fiber and too many carrots will lead to loose stool or constipation.
What are the Symptoms** of an Allergic Reaction? Dogs are not usually allergic to carrots, however, it is not impossible. If you notice any of  these symptoms after feeding your dog carrots contact vet immediately:

·         Paw biting.
·         Coughing.
·         Chronic gas.
·         Chronic ear infection.
·         Vomiting.
·         Diarrhea.
·         Difficulty walking.
·         Skin infection and/or rash.
·         Obsessive licking.

**These are the most common examples, please contact your local vet if you have noticed anything unusual, even if we didn’t list it above.

Conclusion: Can I Give My Dog Carrots?

Yes, carrots are among the safest vegetables you could give your dog. They do wonders for your dog’s immune system; they improve sight with the older dogs, improve liver function, lower cholesterol levels. It is better to slightly cook them, that way your canine gets the most benefit from eating them. If you don’t have time for that, wash them throughout, shred them and cut into small pieces. If you’re not sure whether your dog is allergic to carrots or not, give him the small piece of carrot and watch his reaction in the next 24 hours. If he’s fine you can safely add carrots to his diet.

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