Remember the good old days when we would kick back and watch Bugs Bunny in our cozy bed. Bugs Bunny would always say, “What up doc”, then take a bite of his carrot. Recently, one of my friends sent over a video of that and I thought to myself, “Hmm…are carrots good for my dog? Are carrots good for puppies?” After doing a good amount of research, I can say that, Yes! Carrots are good for puppies and dogs in general.
After doing a good amount of research, I can say that, Yes! Carrots are good for puppies and dogs in general. Let’s briefly go into why carrots are good for your dog and why you should start including carrots in your dog’s diet.
Here’s a related read that I wrote a while back, “Foods that your dog can and cannot eat”.
Carrots are filled with Vitamin A
Yes! Your dog needs Vitamin A as well. They’re super good for your dog’s eyes as well as his immune system. Usually, most dogs won’t lack Vitamin A. Vitamin A deficiency occurs more often with human, but dog foods often come with a good amount of Vitamin A.
The only time that dogs are usually low on Vitamin A is when you are preparing your pup’s food at home by yourself. If that is the case, then it’s an easy fix. Just add some carrots to your homemade dog food and you’ll be good to go!
Now one thing that I always mention in my articles is that you should never feed your dog too much of the same thing even if it’s really good for him. Everything in moderation.
Too much Vitamin A won’t do your dog any good as well. Vitamin A is a fat-soluble vitamin, it can build up in the body and become toxic. A few meals with carrots in them a week is more than enough because your dog might be getting Vitamin A from other sources as well.
Carrots are good for your puppy’s dental health
Believe it or not, dogs love to chew on carrots. If you haven’t tried it out yet, give your pup a piece and see if he’ll enjoy it. Carrots can boost your dog’s dental health in many ways.
When I was younger, I would always hear that chewing gum is good for your dental health because it cleans your mouth. The same concept applies to dogs and puppies when they chew carrots. Carrots aren’t too dense and they aren’t too soft either. It has the perfect structure to help clean out your puppy’s teeth naturally.
Of course, you shouldn’t only rely on carrots when it comes to cleaning your dog’s mouth. You should brush his teeth often and do a deep cleaning once in a while as well.
Make sure you cut and clean your carrots before giving it to your puppy!
Carrots won’t make your puppy fat!
Dogs can grow quick especially if you feed them junk. Have you ever heard of a human or dog getting fat off eating vegetables and carrots? I haven’t…
Carrots are low in calorie and provide enough carbohydrates to boost your energy levels. Because of this reason, you can add more to the portion sizes for your pup. You could also feed carrots as a treat or a snack for your dog and not have to worry about him gaining weight.
If you’re wondering, a baby carrot contains roughly 4 calories. That means that your dog could eat 100 baby carrots and only taken in 400 calories. Pretty awesome.
Carrots can fix your puppy’s stool problems
Carrots are known as fiber king because of the amount of fiber that they contain. What can fiber do for your dog? It will help regulate his stools. If you’re noticing that your dog is having a hard time getting his stool out or if it’s rather loose, then you should consider adding some carrots to his diet to aid with regulating his stools.
A thing that you need to understand about carrots is that they are quite “gasy”, meaning that they do cause gas to push through in the stomach. This happens with a lot of foods like broccoli and beans. Usually, this isn’t a huge problem unless you feed your pup a mass amount of it. Remember, everything in moderation and you’ll be okay!
Best ways to cook carrots for your puppy
Alright now that you know it’s safe to feed your puppy carrots and that it’s actually quite beneficial for his health, let’s go into the best ways to cook carrots for your puppy.
The best way without a doubt is by boiling or steaming it.
Cooked carrots are actually ideal for dogs since cooking breaks down the carrot’s tough cellular walls allowing greater absorption of vitamins and nutrients.
You just don’t want to overcook it because that will take away most of it’s nutrients in the process.
The next way I would do it would be to bake them. Baking them takes a little bit more time, but it’s quite healthy as well.
One mistake that a lot of dog owners make is by adding a lot of salt and butter to it to make it taste better. We want to avoid this as much as possible because the added sodium and calories aren’t good for your puppy.
It’s worth a read and worth adding to your dog owner’s book collection.
Carrots are perfectly safe to feed your puppy and dog as long as it’s in moderation. Just be careful to not add anything that will add any extra fat or calories to it. Another awesome thing about carrots is that you can buy them for yourself as well as your puppy. You eat some and give some to your puppy! That’s the best way to save money 🙂
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