Another common question that a dog owner asks is can dogs eat carrots
Great news, dogs can eat carrots. Just like humans, carrots have the same sort of benefits although your dog will generally eat them in smaller quantities but they are still good for general health as part of a balanced diet.
In fact you may be interested to know that dogs can eat all of the carrot including the green leafs. Later on we have a few recipes and the leafs will not not be used but it is possible to feed them raw.
Large frozen carrots make cheap and edible chew toys for your dog. There is contrasting information whether carrots are beneficial for a dog’s dental health, I have seen some sites say yes and others no – if they are beneficial then take that as a bonus but do not use that as the primary reason to give your dogs carrots but they may be beneficial for a very young puppy who is teething
Carrots are a favorite snack for a lot of dogs, they can be enjoyed raw as an alternative to meat chews. For your dog to get the nutrients in the carrot, though, it is best to steam, cook, or purée the carrot to unleash the wide range of vitamins, such as vitamin A , B6 and K. They also contain many minerals – you can see the nutritional info below.
The following is for 100 grams of raw carrots
Energy 41 kcal
Carbohydrates – 9.6 g
Sugars – 4.7 g
Dietary fiber – 2.8 g
Fat – 0.24 g
Protein – 0.93 g
Vitamins – Daily value%
Vitamin A – 104%
Thiamine (B1) – 6%
Riboflavin (B2) – 5%
Niacin (B3) – 7%
Pantothenic acid (B5) – 5%
Vitamin B6 – 11%
Folate (B9) – 5%
Vitamin C – 7%
Vitamin E – 4%
Vitamin K – 13%
Minerals – Daily value%
Calcium – 3%
Iron – 2%
Magnesium – 3%
Manganese – 7%
Phosphorus – 5%
Potassium – 7%
Sodium – 5%
Zinc – 3%
Once again you should your vet and ask for advice in how many carrots you should feed your dog per day as it will vary depending on the dog you have, and ask if there are any other health concerns associated with adding carrots to your dog’s diet.
Carrots contain sugars, this is why humans like carrots – this obviously mean sthat eating a lot of carrots could lead to weight loss. This is more likely to occur depending on what eles your dog eats, the amount of carrots you should give your dog should not make any difference.
You should cut whole carrots and even carrot sticks into smaller, bite-size chunks before feeding them to your dog. As a result, you will reduce the risk of choking, this is especially true in smaller dogs.
Oats, Applesauce and Carrot Treats
Easy to make treats that your dog will love
Serving: 10 to 14 treats
½ cup oats
½ cup unsweetened applesauce
½ cup all-purpose flour
½ cup peeled and grated carrot
Step 1: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line the bottom of a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Step 2: Place all the ingredients in a mixing bowl and mix until well mixed.
Step 3: Spoon the dough onto the baking sheet in round shapes, each shape is a treat. Make sure to leave some space between each treat.
Step 4: Place the baking sheet in the oven and bake for about 20 to 25 minutes.
Step 5: Remove the baking sheet from the oven and transfer the treats to a cooling rack. Let them cool completely before storing them in the fridge in a airtight container.
Raw Carrot Pops
A tasty cool treat that your dog will love especially on warm days
YIELDS: 36 treats
4 ounces reduced-fat cream cheese
1 cup finely grated carrots
½ cup unsalted peanuts
Step 1: In a bowl, combine the cream cheese and carrots.
Step 2: Using a blender or food processor, chop peanuts into a fine powder. Pour the powder onto a clean surface.
Step 3: With a spoon, roll small bits of cream cheese mixture into a small ball, approximately 1″ in diameter.
Step 4: Roll in the peanut powder and place on a cookie sheet.
Step 5: These treats can be stored in the fridge for 5 days.
Place treats on a cookie sheet and freeze for 4 hours. Once frozen, put in an airtight container and they will keep for up to 6 months.
You can serve these treats frozen or you can thaw them out.
Apple Carrot Treats
This is a great snack for dogs that love treats especially sweet ones.
½ cup unsweetened applesauce
1 cup grated carrots
1 cup brown rice flour
Step 1: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
Step 2: In a bowl, mix all the ingredients well to form a dough.
Step 3: Roll the dough and make small balls using your hands.
Step 4: Place the small dough on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
Step 5: Flatten the dough using a fork.
Step 6: Bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown.
Step 7: Let them cool completely before storing them in the fridge in a airtight container.
TURKEY AND CARROTS
Turkey is a very good source of protein, its also leaner than chicken.
1 lb. of lean ground turkey
Two cups of sliced carrots
One teaspoon of thyme leaves
Two tablespoons of olive or coconut oil
Step 1: Place a medium skillet over a medium heat and place the ground turkey in the hot oil.
Step 2: Use a spatula to break apart the turkey.
Step 3: Pour in the carrots and stir.
Step 4: Allow to cook for ten to fifteen minutes and stir frequently.
Step 5: Check that the meat is cooked right through and stir in the thyme.
Step 6: Serve as desired.
EASY CROCKPOT DOG FOOD
Do you have a crockpot or slow cooker, then good news you can use this to make food for your dog. This is a classic beef based recipe that your dog will love.
1/2 pounds of Ground beef
1/2 cup of Brown rice
A half cup of canned or frozen peas
One and a half cups of chopped carrots
One can of rinsed and drained kidney beans
One and a half cups of chopped butternut squash
Four cups of water
Step 1: Pour in the water, brown rice, kidney beans, carrots, peas, ground beef, and butternut squash into your slow cooker while you keep stirring.
Step 2: Cook covered for five to six hours on low heat or if you prefer, two to three hours on high heat.
Step 3: Stir the mixture occasionally.
Step 4: Check the mixture is fully cooked and then remove.
Step 5: Allow the mixture to cool.
Step 6: Serve as desired.