The Top 5 Reasons to Include Carrots In Your Dog’s Diet

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Imagine…you had a busy month and forgot to order a replacement case of Redbarn natural bully sticks. Your dog is nosing around and looking for a treat, but you’re fresh out.

You open up your fridge to see if there’s any people-food you can give him when your eyes spot the bag of baby carrots in your produce drawer. You pick them up and wonder, “Are carrots good for my dog? Are carrots even safe to feed a dog?”

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 While some human food isn’t safe for your dog’s stomach (we’re looking at you, chocolate), carrots are perfectly safe for your dog.

In moderation (because carrots are a tad high in naturally occurring sugar), carrots are a great treat to keep around the house for your dog and provide an astonishing amount of nutritional benefits. Here are the five best reasons for feeding your dog carrots*.

5) Supports Dental Health

Wondering about the safety of carrots for dogs?

As a pet parent, one of the challenges we all face is keeping your dog’s teeth clean. If you start young, many dogs learn to tolerate a daily brushing of their teeth—some even enjoy it, which is ideal. 

If you adopted an older dog or weren’t proactive enough to start brushing early, you may find plaque buildup on your pup’s teeth.

If your dog currently has a buildup of plaque, you’ll want to take him for a professional cleaning and then add tough chews to his routine to prevent buildup going forward.

Mechanical scraping by chewing on tough chews is one of the ways to give your dog’s teeth a daily cleaning.  There are many types of chews to choose from, but one that many dogs find delicious because of its sweet taste and crunchy texture is a raw carrot.  Carrots may help to support dental health by gently scraping the teeth and preventing plaque buildup.

As a side note, while the crunchy texture of carrots is beneficial to their teeth, dogs cannot metabolize the nutrients of raw carrots because each cell of a carrot is protected by a thin wall of cellulose. You will notice that the chunks of carrot your dog chewed up will pass through him looking the same on the way out.

To reap the nutritional benefits of carrots, you must lightly cook or steam carrots. My dogs love cooked carrots almost as much as the raw crunchy ones!

4) Low Calorie, Low Fat

If you are faced with a pup that has a pooch, carrots provide a great, low-calorie snack to satisfy his appetite between feedings.  Carrots are low calorie and low fat—with only about four calories per baby carrot, making them a healthy treat option.

3) Regularity

Carrots are high in soluble fiber. Just nine baby carrots (about 3oz), contains 2 grams of fiber. If your dog has loose stools, he may benefit by adding carrots to his diet. The added fiber may help to add some bulk to his stools.

Be cautious when adding them to his diet in large amounts too quickly —start slow. They may cause some gas and intestinal upset if he isn’t used to the additional fiber. Be sure he gets plenty of fresh water to assist the fiber through the digestive system.

2) Beta-CaroteneCurious about carrots for dogs? Beta-Carotene is one of the benefits!

When you were a kid, did your parents tell you to eat carrots because they would improve your eyesight?  The reasoning behind that parental nugget of wisdom is pretty spot-on.

Beta-Carotene is a carotenoid that is an antioxidant and a precursor to Vitamin A.  Because of the wall of cellulose in carrots that is not digestible by dogs, you must cook the carrots to receive the nutritional benefit from carrots.

1) Vitamin A

Vitamin A provides a host of nutritional benefits to your dog.  Beyond supporting eye health, it also assists in supporting immune health and supporting skin and coat health.

It is almost unheard of for dogs to have a Vitamin A deficiency. Because Vitamin A is an essential nutrient for dogs it is a required additive to all commercially produced dog foods. However, if you are making your dog’s food at home or buying a supplemental food and not a full feed, your dog may need the supplementation of Vitamin A.  

Because Vitamin A is a fat-soluble vitamin, it can build up in the body and become toxic.  Please be careful to not over-do it with any item that contains Vitamin A.  If you have any questions regarding how much vitamin A is appropriate for your dog please consult your vet.

Those are the five reasons why carrots are a safe and healthy treat for your dog! As with any treat or meal complement, please feed your dogs carrots in moderation.

In Redbarn Canned Patés for dogs, you’ll find Carrots and other super food functional ingredients. These functional ingredients help cater to your dog’s particular health needs.

Every recipe in Redbarn’s canned food line is grain-free and features natural ingredients. Our canned food also has added functional ingredients like Dandelion Greens, Green Lipped Mussels, Brewer’s Yeast and Salmon Oil

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We hope this answered the age-old “Are carrots good for my dog to eat?” and gave you a new treat to keep on hand for your dog! If you have other questions, leave them in the comments, and we’ll do our best to answer them.

 Do you have any other “people foods” that you’d like us to research? Email us at social@redbarninc.com.


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There are 21 comments

    1. Micheal May

      Both of my dogs love the raw carrots for treats! We’ve had to double our amount of carrots on the shopping list and might have to increase that!

  1. MrRoger

    OK, I think I will ditch the dental sticks after reading this! I didn’t know raw carrots are good for my dog. Thanks for sharing this good read! It is annoying how come the vet doesn’t tell me these things and try to sell products to me, though.

  2. Sonny

    Thank you for your advice. Gemma gets NO people but deserves a treat many times. I thought carrots would be good but of course wanted some sound advice. Appreciate it.
    Sonny & Gemma ,

  3. Charlie

    I have two dogs,Tobie and Duncan, and my vet suggested green beans and carrots for between meals snacks. I thought it would be an effort to change their “treats” from store bought dog treats to fresh, raw carrots. I am in awe of their love for carrots. A yorkie and a shih tsu are really pleased with the new treats.

  4. Chelsea

    My dogs are loving carrots, kiwi fruit and are obsessed with apples at the moment I’m so happy no more buying shit dog treats anymore

    1. Chelsee from Redbarn

      Hi Cathleen, your veterinarian will be able to give you the best information about what would be the right amount for your dog given the rest of their diet and exercise levels. As long as carrots aren’t being used in place of a meal, one to two carrots a day should be fine. If your dog isn’t used to having carrots, be sure to introduce them slowly– too much fiber at once can cause a stomach upset.

  5. mags mc

    Our two dogs a pug and shih poo absolutely love carrots its a real treat. Once we mention carrot they run to the fridge. I buy the little snack packs and they are so handy to have in fridge.

    1. Chelsee from Redbarn

      Snack packs are a great idea– those would be great for car trips or anytime people are out and about with their dogs!

  6. Kris

    My dog favorites snacks is carrot! and cheese, but I stop giving him a cheese because even low fat cheese, my dog became overweight.

    No body sell baby carrots in my country, so I give him a “young” carrots and I remove the center parts.

    Cheap and healthy snacks for dogs, I can get 2 pound of great quality carrots for $1.

  7. Tess

    Our West Highland Terrier LOVES carrots. I think she would choose a carrot over a filet mignon steak. Baby carrots make a great treat, but I think regular-size carrots (raw) are more beneficial for teeth cleaning. I give her about 1/3 of a large carrot as a treat, and I slice off the nub at the end. They’re more like a chew than the baby carrots; she spends more time chomping on it. Since I switched from baby carrots to regular-size, her breath is much improved. Win win!

  8. Mary

    Started making Klydes food and added shredded organic carrots and organic broccoli along with cooked dried pinto and green beans to cooked chicken. I always taste the veggies first as a bitter one will not taste good even to my 120 lb 3ft tall chessy mix. It’s amazing how much money I’m saving.

  9. Mary

    Took Klyde to the vet today and he lost 4 lbs in the three weeks he’s been on the home made food. 20 more to go. Am going to add hemp oil for omega 3 & 6. I put coconut oil in my coffee and will also give some to Klyde. Will also add egg and liver to his food and the vitamins should be taken care of. His chewies are now carrots! Good bye pet stores.

  10. Carla Lindsay

    Our dogs loves carrots! We’ve been giving them baby carrots as snacks or a reward for years. They’re cheap and natural, very good for your dog. Can’t go wrong with them.

  11. Kelly McCallum

    My 17 month old labrador absolutely loves carrots, i used to give him denta stix for teeth cleaning, until i read the ingredients. I changed him to carrots best move I’ve ever made. He also gets home cooked breast of chicken (skinless) and unseasoned along with my 5 year old kitty which is also good for him as long as you shred it up first

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