Can puppies eat carrots?

Deciding what to feed your puppy can be confusing! Especially when it comes to human food and, in particular, fruit and vegetables. Before you try them with something new, always check first. Some fruit and vegetables will upset the digestive system, and other types can be toxic. So, what about carrots? Are carrots toxic, or can puppies eat carrots?

 

It’s good news - dogs can eat carrots. They are a crunchy, healthy snack that many puppies seem to enjoy. 

Health benefits for puppies eating carrots

Carrots contain loads of Vitamin K, Vitamin A, and Biotin. All of these are needed to keep your puppy healthy. Carrots also contain fibre and lots of other vitamins in smaller amounts

Vitamin A is essential for your puppy’s vision. Vitamin K helps in the growth of strong, healthy bones. 

Another benefit of feeding your puppy carrot chunks is, they help to keep their teeth clean.

The crunch provided by a carrot helps to scrape the plaque and food particles from teeth. Much like apples do. Carrots activate gums to produce saliva, which is alkaline. It keeps the acidic bacteria causing cavities at bay. 

There’s another benefit of feeding carrots to puppies. They are great teething aids! First, make sure you cut them into tiny pieces so they are not a choking hazard. Then, pop them in the freezer for a few hours. Your puppy will appreciate the soothing effect of the frozen carrot chunks on their sore gums and teeth. 

How many carrots can my puppy eat?

Most people know they must feed their puppy a high-quality, complete feed appropriate for their age - which should make up 90% of their daily intake. Treats are fine but should only make up a maximum of 10% of your puppy’s nutritional requirements.  

Carrots are a very healthy choice for puppies, but only give them small amounts. Even though it is naturally occurring, carrots contain sugar. Too much sugar is not suitable for puppies or dogs.

If your dog is overweight or has any insulin sensitivity, avoid carrots. If you are unsure whether you should feed your dog carrots, check with your vet.

With a Kennel Club Pet Insurance policy, you can access the free Pet Health Helpline, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The veterinary-trained team will advise on any concerns or queries that you may have over your pet’s health – much like the NHS 111 service for people. Call free on 03333 32 19 47.