Can puppies eat carrots? (How best served)

Always supervise your puppy when giving them new foods, and if you’re giving them raw, you must keep an eye on them in case of choking.

Chihuahua puppy eating a boiled carrot
Chihuahua puppy eating a tasty boiled carrot

Firstly I am very jealous that you have a puppy; mine are now well into adulthood, but I am getting itchy feet to get a dachshund puppy soon. Please don’t take each day for granted with your puppy, as they soon grow up.

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 and how best to serve them carrots. 

Puppies can safely eat carrots and they can provide them with many health benefits. Whilst being low-in fat, carrots make a perfect tasty choice to feed your puppy. However, there are some risks to feeding your puppy a carrot.

Let’s run through the best practises of feeding your puppy a carrot if boiled or raw.

Carrot health benefits (Puppy)

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
  • Fibre
  • Vitamin K1
  • Potassium
  • Antioxidants

How best served to a puppy

Raw carrots

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. 

Boiled carrots

To avoid choking altogether, you can boil the carrots, slice them up into thin pieces and boil them until soft. Ensure they are room temperature before serving. Never add any seasoning, seasoning to a dog like salt, or garlic is highly toxic to a dog and must be avoided at all costs. 

  • Wash the carrot be for serving
  • Cut into small thin slices, or boil the carrot to avoid choking.
  • If boiling, please ensure you let them cool down before serving
  • Never add any additional ingredients, like butter, oil, salt, garlic.

Always supervise your puppy when giving them new foods, and if you’re giving them raw, you must keep an eye on them in case of choking. 

Teething

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?

When puppies are born, they should only ever have their mothers milk. Puppies can have boiled carrots from eight weeks old up until four months old, after this time they can then enjoy raw carrot.

Do puppies like carrots?

Every dog is different; however, 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 the mistake is the most important responsibility for bringing up a puppy.  

Conclusion

Carrots are a great addition to your puppies diet, 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 close family dog Dexter eating a carrot

Happy Puppy Parenting!

About the Author

Teresa loves animals and travelling around the UK! She currently has two dogs and two cats. She loves caring for and sharing her knowledge of pets. She is a qualified dog groomer. Teresa is currently studying canine behaviour and canine nutrition. She has been part of the Dog Friendly Team since 2016.

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