Can Dogs Eat Carrots?

Should you be feeding your dog carrots? Yes. Yes, you should.

What’s up doc? It’s not just rabbits that enjoy munching on a juicy carrot—they also make a wonderful snack for your dog. If you’re wondering if you can add carrot to your dog’s diet, we’re going to let you in on the details you need to know about this crunchy veggie.

There are only 25 calories per carrot, and on top of that, they contain almost no fat, nearly 1 gram of protein, and more than 2 grams of fiber. If that wasn’t enough, these veggies are also rich in vitamin A, vitamin K, potassium, biotin, and vitamin B6. Put all of this together, and these healthy nom noms can make a wonderful, natural chew toy. And because of the low calories and fat, they make the perfect snack for dogs on a diet.

Benefits of Carrots for Dogs

Really, what can’t carrots do? Here’s a breakdown of the benefits that carrots offer to dogs:

  • Containing 95% water and packed with dietary fiber, raw carrots support your dog’s healthy and regular digestion.
  • A wonderful source of Vitamin A, carrots support bone health, cellular differentiation and a strong immune system.
  • Crunchy carrots scrape away tartar and prevent plaque buildup that leads to periodontal disease, leading to better dental health.
  • Famous for providing tons of beta-carotene, which is an antioxidant that promotes healthy vision.
  • Carrots are packed with lycopene and lutein, which are essential phytonutrients that may help protect eyes from free-radical damage and UVB radiation.

Things to Keep in Mind

When you start to feed your dog carrots, start off slowly with a small amount to allow his body to adjust to the dietary fiber. As with any type of produce, wash carrots thoroughly before serving, and peel to remove all traces of pesticides. Chop or slice carrots according to your dog’s size, and let him enjoy! As with any food your giving your dog, never give too much at one sitting, as it could lead to stomach distress.

Adding Carrots to Your Dog’s Diet

Sliced or diced, there are plenty of ways to incorporate carrots into your dog’s diet. If you’re looking to boost your puppy and senior dog’s fiber intake, puree boiled carrots and stir them into your dog’s food.

If you’re looking to include carrots into your dog’s daily dietary routine, The Honest Kitchen includes it as an ingredient in many of their recipes, including Whole Food Clusters – Grain-Free ChickenDehydrated Grain Free Turkey Recipe (Embark), Dehydrated Whole Grain Chicken Recipe (Revel), Dehydrated Whole Grain Beef Recipe (Verve), and Dehydrated Grain Free Veggie, Nut & Seed Base Mix (Kindly).

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Or you can try this veggie in a treat. Here are just a few of our favorite carrot-based dog treats:

Gluten-Free Apple and Carrot Dog Treat Recipe
These dog treats include freshly picked apples and carrots, along with The Honest Kitchen’s Limited Ingredient Duck Recipe, which adds cage-free duck and sweet potatoes to the mix.

Gluten Free Carrot Cake Dog Muffins
Add some veggies to your dog treats—he’ll never know he’s nomming on carrots in our Gluten Free Carrot Cake Dog Muffins! Carrots are low in calories and high in fiber and vitamins, and they help improve skin and coat health, while increasing energy levels.

Gluten-Free Blueberry and Carrot Dog Treats
Along with a healthy dose of fruits and veggies (including carrot), we’ve also added The Honest Kitchen’s Perfect Form Herbal Digestive Supplement, rosemary, and parsley.

Carrot Delight Dog Treat Recipe
Carrots aren’t just a side dish—they can also be used in dog treats. What makes carrot so delightful for dogs? This root veggie is complete with fiber, antioxidants, vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin K and beta-carotene, all of which are part of a healthy, balanced diet. They also help keep skin and eyesight in tip-top shape.

Bone Broth Pour Overs Dog Treats
Paired with The Honest Kitchen’s Bone Broth Pour Overs, the recipe includes carrot for an extra punch of wholesome goodness.

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