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Can Dogs Eat Carrots Safely?

How safe are carrots for your dog?

Here is what you should know before feeding this vegetable to your dog.

Carrot Nutrition Facts

Carrots are nutrient-dense vegetables boosting vitamins A, B, C, D, E, and K, calcium, beta-carotene, phosphorus, magnesium, niacin, potassium, lutein, and lycopene.

Can you give your dog raw carrots?

Yes. You can feed your dog on raw carrots but ensure you slice them into bite-sized portions so that they don’t choke. 

Can I feed my dog carrots every day?

Yes. However, it shouldn’t make more than 10% of the daily caloric intake.

Top 5 reasons to feed carrots to your dogs

  • Carrots contain antioxidants.
  • Chewing on carrots helps to clean your dog’s teeth. 
  • Carrots are rich in dietary fibers which improve digestion
  • The beta-carotene in carrots helps maintain good vision.
  • Carrots are good for weight management.

Five ways pet parents can safely feed carrots to their dog

Raw carrots: You can wash and grate carrots on top of your dog’s meal. 

Carrot juice: Wash and run the carrots through a juicer to produce juice.

Steamed carrots: Steam the carrots for 10 minutes. 

Baked carrots: Slice and bake the carrots for about 20 minutes 

Frozen: Break raw carrots into flakes and freeze them into cubes.

FAQs

Can eating carrots be dangerous for my dog?

Yes. Feeding big chunks of carrots puts your dog at risk of choking.

Do carrots clean dog teeth?

Yes. Chewing raw carrots helps remove residual food pieces and clears plaque from teeth surfaces. 

How many carrots is too much for a dog?

Generally, carrots should not make more than 10% of your dog’s daily calories.

Conclusion

Carrots are safe for dogs and can be given in many ways. However, consult your vet before incorporating them into your dog’s diet.

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Michael Brady

Michael is an animal-lover who specializes in marketing. He started running Dog Food Care with his mother, Sarah, after leaving his office job. Michael gained enough flexibility in his schedule to be able to adopt a dog of his own and welcomed Emmie the dachshund into his home in 2020.