We all remember hearing it when we were kids: carrots are good for your eyes. But as a human food that's good for us, can dogs eat carrots, too?
We've all heard it as kids from our mamas every once in a while: "Carrots are good for your eyes and you should eat more of them!" Yes, it's true; moms really do knows best! Carrots are indeed super good for us humans. These nutritious veggies tout themselves as a good source of beta-carotene, fiber, potassium, biotin, calcium, and other antioxidants, as well as essential vitamins like vitamin A, vitamin B, vitamin C, and vitamin K.
For humans, other than being good for your eyes, this root veggie also has the added health benefits of lowering the risk of cancer and helping your heart health, like blood pressure and heart disease. After all, they are called a superfood!
But with the many benefits of carrots, should you include this veggie in your dog's diet?
Can Dogs Eat Carrots?
The answer is a resounding: YES! In fact, not only are carrots perfectly safe for your pooch, this veggie can be a low-calorie and healthy treat for Fido.
Carrots offer plenty of health benefits for dogs, just like with their dog owners. This versatile veggie is beneficial for dogs because:
• Being high in fiber, carrots can also help with Fido's digestive system
• Chewing on carrots are great for your pooch's dental health. In fact, some veterinarians will even recommend cold or frozen carrots as a way to relieve any teething woes for teething puppies! Crunching on carrots will also help clean your dog's teeth and control plaque buildup, and large frozen carrots make excellent chew toys!
Carrots can, of course, also support your furry friend's eyes. It's all that beta-carotene at work!
How to Feed Carrots to Dogs
Dogs can enjoy this low-fat healthy snack as both cooked and raw carrots. Like most human foods you can give your dog, the key is giving it in small pieces; try adding it as a yummy mix-in in your pooch's dog food!
While carrots in any way are good for pups, be sure to cut whole carrots, sometimes even carrot sticks, into bite-size pieces for Fido or break apart baby carrots if you have to so there's less chance of a choking hazard.
Either way you serve the carrot, we guarantee your dog will love this healthy tasty treat that can be given anytime or as the perfect good behavior reward -- they might even like it better than their commercial dog treats!
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