Yes, dogs can eat carrots. In fact, not only is this vegetable safe, but it also can serve as a healthy, low-calorie snack for your pup.
Carrots offer dog owners an affordable and nutritious snack for their pets. In addition, this vegetable is perfect for rewarding good behavior without the calorie count associated with biscuits and other treats. Some vets even recommend cold or frozen carrots for teething puppies, as a way to relieve discomfort.
Large frozen carrots make cheap and edible chew toys. Furthermore, chewing on carrots can also help improve your dog’s dental health. More importantly, carrots are an excellent source of vitamin A, potassium, and fiber, among other vitamins.
When Are Carrots Bad for Dogs?
When fed in moderation, carrots are a healthy, low-fat, and low-calorie treat. However, like other veggies and fruits, they are high in natural sugar. Too much sugar can cause obesity and dental decay.
Carrots also contain high levels of fiber. Adding large amounts of fiber to your dog’s diet too quickly can result in gas and stomach upset. So, be sure to introduce them slowly and provide lots of drinking water to prevent blockages. If you suspect your furry companion has had too many carrots and you notice signs of digestive upset, such as vomiting or diarrhea, contact your vet right away.
Pro Tip: While the cost to treat an upset stomach likely wont break the bank, more serious health issues can cost several thousand dollars. You might be faced with a difficult decision if you dont have dog insurance and cant afford emergency vet costs.
In general, when it comes to serving carrots, the same rules apply as with other treats: they should make up less than 10% of your pup’s daily calorie intake.
An average-sized pup can safely eat 2-3 baby carrots per day but make sure they’re chopped up into smaller pieces to avoid choking hazards.
Before giving your furry pal a new food, consult with your vet to get advice about the ideal serving size.
Can dogs eat raw carrots?
Raw carrots are safe for dogs to eat, but you should make sure that you rinse them thoroughly before feeding them to your pup.
“I recommend removing any dirt or debris from the carrot to prevent stomach irritation,” Dr. Burch said.
Cooked carrots are perfectly safe for your dog as long as they aren’t cooked in any oils, butters or seasonings — so plain steamed or boiled carrots are your best bet.
“Cooked carrots are safe for dogs to eat, but I recommend without seasoning or other additives to prevent potential toxicity or gastrointestinal distress,” Dr. Burch said.