From cartoons, we know how much rabbits adore carrots and we are also well aware of the importance of carrots in our daily life. One manner or the other, we do consume carrots whether that is as a sideline with a grilled steak or simply as a mixed vegetable in our breakfast or supper. The point is that they undoubtedly play a role in our dietary regime and that of a carrot, but the question is; are they just as essential for the good growth of a dog as well? Let us see.
Can Dogs Eat Carrots?
Cue the drumroll! We have good news for you. Your doggo can eat carrots and there is nothing you need to worry about. We understand how it is being a pet parent, you have a natural tendency to try and only serve your pet with the best of both worlds. Anything lesser than that just isn’t fit for your furry friend, right? If this seems similar to your thought pattern, you’ve got the perfect vegetable. A carrot is not only healthy to eat but it is equally delicious as well. It is one of the few human foods that you and your four-legged friend can munch on together.
Not too surprisingly, carrots are considered to be exceptionally wholesome from the top to the bottom. Yes, this includes its leafy green top as well! You can simply toss your dog a carrot on your plate without a second thought in your head. Your dog will have a marvelous natural low-calorie snack to strengthen its jaws over and you’ll have a happy pet. Aren’t carrots all a pet owner could ask for when it comes to picking a vegetable to feed your dog?
Do Dogs Like Carrots?
Oh, you bet they do! If you have been a dog owner for a while now, you would know how adventurous they are with their mouths. They will try and get a sniff or a bite of everything that seems even remotely edible (sometimes, this too isn’t a matter of consideration!). And now imagine your dog coming across a vegetable of shockingly vibrant color. There is not the slightest chance that the dog wouldn’t immediately like it or even at the very least, be pulled towards it. However, if this too isn’t enough, its savory-sweet taste and crunchy texture combined are sure to lure your dog in.
What Benefits Do Carrots Bring for Your Dog?
As you may have already guessed by now, a carrot is bliss in the form of a vegetable for your dog. The biggest and most highlighted factor of the orange vegetable is that it is low on calories. Carrots, if served raw, will not be a source of your pet gaining excessive weight and in turn, being vulnerable to countless diseases on the counter. E.g., if a dog becomes overweight the liver cells or arteries will be at the risk of being filled with too much fat and making their overall working arduous.
Over and above that, if fed as a snack, carrots can be a source of nutrients for your dog as well. A few nutrients that the vegetable is supplemented with are;
- Vitamin A (beta carotene)
- Vitamin K
Having said that, it might not always be the case that dogs (as well as other pet animals) can depend on foods that they are only fed as snacks for nutrition and other supplements such as vitamins, etc. Humans, on the other hand, can take full advantage of such fruits and vegetables. However, this should not stop you from surfing and opting for healthy options for your four-legged friend. Admitting its inability to milk all the benefits of carrots, they will still absorb and make use of the nutrients that their day-to-day meals may have lacked.
Can Carrots Be Harmful to Dogs in Any Manner?
Any food that is to be served as a treat or a snack once in a while should only be served in moderation. Any other way, it may be capable of bringing worse than better. Not too contrasting is the case of carrots as well. You must be wondering, how could something that brings so much good be the core reason for something? Ironic, isn’t it? Let us explain, even if naturally occurring, carrots are sweet as well. And so, natural sugar can cause your precious doggo to move towards obesity as well. Obesity is one of the worst diseases that a dog can suffer from and unfortunately, it comes accompanied by many other health-related issues as well. A few examples of these diseases are; cardiovascular diseases, hypertension, high blood pressure, diabetes, and other liver diseases. In other cases of less extremity, the dog may grow weak and not be able to live up to its true potential every day.
In addition to this, if your dog has a prolonged and excessive intake of the orangish vegetable, it might also fall prey to dental issues such as a cavity in teeth, etc. This is for the reason that dogs are not naturally developed enough to process sugar and sugary items (yes, even if it is natural sugar).
How To Serve Carrots to Dogs?
You can serve carrots to your dog in any manner you like or your dog prefers. It may be into circular chopped pieces or lightly cooked. Nonetheless, if you are concerned about the nutrients being cooked away, it’s better to leave them uncooked. Another alternative may also be steaming or microwaving the vegetables.
What Other Vegetables Can Dogs Eat?
A list of vegetables that are fit for the consumption of your dog is;
- Green Beans
We wish you and your four-legged best bud the healthiest of life ahead!