By Andrew Fischer
Best Carrot Snacks for Dogs
Carrots are amongst the best superfoods for dogs. They contain dietary fiber, minerals and vitamins which all have a positive effect on your pup’s health.
Carrots are rich in vitamin A, vitamin K, vitamin B6, potassium and biotin. They also have natural teeth cleaning properties and improve your dog’s oral hygiene. Carrots scrap away dental bacteria and prevent new plaque build-up.
Remember, carrots are packed with fiber so make sure to introduce them slowly to your dog. Some dogs may have digestion problems after eating carrots. Slow introduction will avoid diarrhea or vomiting.
There are a number of ways to incorporate carrots into your pup’s diet. Let’s have a look at some of the tastiest and healthiest ways.
Peanut Butter Carrot Cookies
Peanut Butter Carrot Cookies are very suitable for older dogs since they are rather soft.
You will need around 250 g of natural peanut butter, 1 egg, 1 carrot, 1 tablespoon baking powder, 200 ml of milk. 300 g whole wheat flour and 30 g oats.
Mix the peanut butter, flour, oats, baking powder, egg, carrot and milk together.
The dough should be quite heavy and thick.
Roll the dough out and cut it into shapes. Put it on a baking sheet and bake it for around 30 minutes at 160 °C (320 °F).
If you don’t have peanut butter you can just mix 320 g of all-purpose flour with 150 g of baby carrots and 2 eggs.
Make a dough, roll it out and cut it into small pieces. Bake it for 25 minutes at 160 °C (320 °F).
Dogs also love carrot chips.
Just mix 3 cups of carrot juice pulp with 0.5 a cup of sunflower or flax seeds. Spread the mixture to about 0.6 cm thickness on a baking sheet and cut into squares. Put into an oven for a short period of time and a low temperature.
Steamed or boiled carrots
One of the simplest ways to introduce carrots in your dog’s life is by boiling or steaming them before offering them to your dog. This serving method is especially suitable for dogs who have difficulties digesting fiber. Steaming or boiling carrots breaks down some of the carrot fiber.
Older dogs and puppies may also prefer to eat soft boiled carrots rather than to fight with a hard chewy one. You can also mash boiled carrots and stir them into your dog’s regular food.
Preparing steamed carrots is pretty easy to do. Just add around 1-2 inches of water into your saucepan and bring it to the boil. Put carrots in a steamer basket over the water, cover it, and steam it for around 10 minutes.
Juicing carrots may be another great way to add carrots to your dog’s diet.
Carrot juice is high in vitamin A and if you add some of the residual pulp back to the mixture it will be also extremely high in fiber.
Make sure your dog consumes the juice fresh. It shouldn’t be stored in the fridge for longer than 24 hours.
Frozen carrots have many benefits for dogs.
Chewing on frozen carrots can improve your dog’s dental health. You can find more about how carrots improve your dog’s dental hygiene HERE. Frozen carrots also relieve discomfort for teething puppies.
Another great advantage of frozen carrots is that they help to slow down dogs that chew too aggressively and often choke.
Carrots soaked in chicken broth
If your dog refuses to eat raw carrots you can try to cut few carrots into sticks and soak them in boiling chicken broth until they get a bit softer. Take them out, cool them down, and offer them to your pup.
You can also drain them thoroughly and store them for up to few days as a perfect on-the-go treat.
Some dogs don’t really like carrots. If your pup is one of them, you can just add a few grated carrots to their regular meal.
All you need to do is to wash the carrots and grate them over your dog’s normal meal.
One half or one third of a normal-sized carrot grated over your dog’s food is fine as it already contains enough fiber and vitamins.