Once a puppy is the age of eight weeks, they generally leave their birth mothers and head off into the big wide world, ready to be loved, ready to explore, make great memories and live their lives. If you have a puppy and would like to treat them to something yummy, it’s always a good idea to check first. So let us find out if puppies can eat carrots.
Puppies can safely eat carrots from the age of eight weeks old. Carrots are perfect for a tasty, healthy snack but raw carrots are a choking hazard so it’s best to boil them first!
We now know that carrots are safe for puppies to eat, let’s run through the best practises of feeding your puppy a carrot.
Carrots are rich in beta-carotene, which converts into Vitamin A and does wonders for healthy puppy eyes. The Antioxidants inside a carrot can reduce diseases in your puppy. The Potassium will keep your puppies heart healthy and blood pressure stable. Fibre is excellent for a puppy’s digestive system. As you can see, there are so many health benefits from just a single carrot. If you start them young Puppies will grow up loving carrots.
- Beta carotene
- Vitamin K1
When treating your puppy to a delicious carrot, you should never give a whole, unwashed carrot to them. It would be best if you always washed the carrot first. It will also help if you were to cut the carrots into thin slices. Giving your puppy a whole raw carrot could cause a choking hazard, so best to serve them boiled.
To avoid choking altogether, you can boil the carrots, slice them up into thin pieces and boil them until soft. Ensure they are at room temperature before serving. Never add seasoning to a dog like salt or garlic, which is highly toxic to a dog and must be avoided at all costs.
- Wash the carrot be for serving
- Cut into small thin slices, and boil the carrot to avoid choking.
- When boiling the carrots, ensure you let them cool down before serving
- Never add any additional ingredients, like butter, oil, salt, or garlic.
Always supervise your puppy when giving them new foods
The benefits of feeding a carrot to your puppy are endless. Not only they taste yummy, low in fat, packed full of vitamins and minerals. If your puppy is teething, the carrots do great for teething puppies.
At what age can I start giving my puppy carrots?
Puppies should only ever have their mothers milk when they are born. Puppies can then enjoy cooked carrots from eight weeks old up. After four months of age, a puppy will be able to eat raw carrots as well.
Do puppies like carrots?
Most puppies like carrots; however, every dog is different. You can try them with a carrot, and if they turn their nose up and walk away, you will know that it doesn’t tickle their tastebuds. There are many other good healthy food choices that you can treat them with instead. Search here for other foods you can treat your dog with and some that you can’t. Learning before you make a mistake is the most important responsibility for bringing up a puppy.
Carrots are a great addition to your puppies diet, with so many health benefits. If your puppy is a type of dog breed prone to putting on weight like a dachshund, corgi, beagle, labrador, then carrots are perfect for them since they are low in fat and very tasty. Remember, always supervise when exploring new foods with your puppy.
See here our family dog Dexter eating a carrot
Happy Puppy Parenting!
About the Author
Teresa has studied canine behaviour and canine nutrition. She loves sharing her knowledge and educating through her articles. Teresa has some pets that she adores two dogs, two cats, and one hamster.