Can Dogs Be Fed Carrots?

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QuestionMy 15 week old westie loves raw carrots, are they ok for her? Are any other vegetables suitable for her? At the moment we feed her on pedigree complete and fresh cooked chicken. I would prefer to give her a raw carrot as a change from a chew /dog biscuit. Thanks in anticipation. (Brett McCormick - United Kingdom)

Answer

It is an excellent idea to supplement your dog's diet with fresh vegetables, and especially in substitution for a chew. Many dogs like carrots, and there is nothing harmful about providing the odd raw carrot. Their diet, as in humans, should consist of a lot of different things in moderation. Your dog can eat most vegetables that humans eat, provided that they are in moderation. A little left over vegetables from the family meal the night before are an excellent addition to your dog's meal. Vegetables known to be toxic to dogs include onion, garlic, green parts of tomato plants, potato peelings, raisins, grapes, rhubarb leaves, broccoli and pips or stones from many household fruits.

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neighborlee
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Specifically Deus*, some People need to STOP giving advice, when clearly they aren't professionals and have no idea what they are talking about. I'ts not safe,it can harm animals and its just not smart or kind to attempt it.
   
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Itís not just certain fruits, though, that can spell trouble if ingested by
   
your furry friend. The following foods should never be allowed to pass your
   
dogís lips:
   

   
Alcohol
   
Chocolate
   
Coffee, tea, and cola
   
Nuts (especially certain kinds)
   
Mushrooms (except medicinal mushrooms, as discussed later)
   
Nutmeg
   
Onions (Garlic is fine in moderation, and many pet foods use it.)
   
Xylitol (the artificial sweetener)
   
This is from an article written in part by Dr. Jean Dodds , you can bing her if interested or find article here: http://therocfund.org/articles.html
   
Garlic is NOT ok unless it is in moderation/LOW quantities. That's a fact, so please let's stop handing out information that is not credible or accurate ;)
   
Unlike onions, garlic is considered safe when used in low doses.
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Our 9-year-old American Bulldog was diagnosed with arthritis in one of her hips and lower back so the vet asked us to get her weight down from 80 lbs to 72. After a little internet research and some experimenting we arrived at reducing her dry food to half/day and supplementing the other half with chopped raw carrots. We grow cherry tomatoes, so she gets some of those too most days :) Now she is svelt, getting up and down easier and back to walking long distances. Since she is at her goal weight, we have added a bit more dry food, but are keeping the carrots because she seems to like them. At first the carrots seemed to pass thru whole, so we chopped them smaller. Some poop segments are orange, but they are not whole pieces anymore. I should add that she also takes 4 Chewable Trader Joes Glucosamine Chondroitin, 2 Novox Caplets (75 mg each) and two Tramadol (50 mg each) tabs per day. All are split between her two meals. Before she lost the weight, none of these appeared to make a difference in her mobility. It was only after she lost the weight that she began to stop limping and resumed walking twice a day with us. Hope this helps :)
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Commenting on the Brocoli comment. I cook Brocoli for my small dogs every night and they love it. I fed my 17.6 year old Chihuahua all the time and she loved it. I feed only organic vegetables, but feed them many different kinds, and they love them.
   
Maybe brocoli is not good for some breeds, but my Chihuahua"s, and Yorkie, Bichon love Brocoli.
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I've owned my westie for over 5 years and he loves his carrots and occasional cucumber. He's been at his ideal weight for the whole run and still has the energy of a young pup. I wouldn't say its totally contributed to the veggies but its better than whats on the shelves at the pet store. But along with his veggies I have been feeding him Nature's Receipe Terrier Specific dry food for a long time. So its been a good mix in a stable diet. Every trip the vet has been good. But he does come to attention, quick, when its time to make a salad :D
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I thought the article very good, easy to understand and informative. I fully agree with the comments but was very surprised in the foods listed as undesirable for dogs that garlic comes in that category.My vet suggested feeding my dog suffering from diarrhea chicken and rice flavoured with garlic and parsley.
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contrary to the answer, garlic is NOT toxic. this is old information based upon supposition since onions & garlic are from the same family. Onions ARE toxic, garlic IS NOT.
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My two small canines' hearts' beat faster for carrots than any other treat offered to them. How great is that? No meat treats necessary; no artificial flavors etc.
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Our dog Crash likes carrots. We first found out about this when we got Elisie our guinea pig. Crash would take her carrots from her. I would have never guessed, in a million years that a dog could like carrots. I am glad to read in your site that carrots are not bad for dogs which I am glad to learn. But I would like to know when enough is enough. Because my dog could eat carrots all day long.
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My 7 year old boy Maltese named Trevor absolutely loves baby carrots. He would rather have carrots then treats. Each day, sometimes 2 times a day, my dog barks in my face until I pull out the carrots. I take out 6 little baby carrots and cut them into little slices and put them on a paper plate and give them to him. they are usually gone in 3 minutes. He used to like when i bit a piece off and drop it out of my mouth. he went nuts trying to stop it from bouncing when it hit the ground. he would pick it up and run into the living room to eat it. I am so glad to hear carrots are ok because my dog is VERY picky and I was glad to find something he liked. :)
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My Glen of Imaal Terrier never fails to amaze me about food. I must supplement his dog food (canned Blue Buffalo + Bench and Field kibbles) with shredded boiled or baked chicken to ensure he eats it all. But he would eat raw carrots, raw apples (no seeds/core), lettuce, and cooked sweet potatos all day if I let him.
   
He probably likes other fruits and veggies too, but we haven't experimented with those yet. Of course, he adores his chicken and beef, but for an afternoon snack, he's just as happy sharing my fruits and veggies with me.
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My little Noah loves his veggies. His favorite are peas though. He's loved them since he was just a little pup.
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My elderly Golden Retriever has been a carrot fanatic since he was little, and his new companion, a 9 mo. old Lab mix, enjoys them, too. Every morning I take two carrots to the barn. The horse gets one for himself and the dogs share one. Recently the horse dropped his carrot. My Lab rushed over to grab it and growled at the horse. Not a good idea: the horse stomped his foot and blew his nose on the dog, who did a quick re-think and backed off. The dogs also enjoy Nicker Makers, a grain and molasses horse treat.
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Dogs can and should be fed vegetables! There are a few that they shouldn't eat which have been listed for you here but veggies should be a normal part of their diet. Pedegree is also a very poor dog food. You should get an Iams kibble and mix it up with some tasty cooked (for digestion) green beans, carrots, peas, and potatoes or lentils. This is a great mix and you will have a very healthy dog! I like to roast a whole chicken in a bag in the oven once a week also. I tear that up and mix it with cooked veggies and my dog has dinner all cooked and ready for the week!
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I once had a dog who loved carrots so much, she would dig them up out of the garden, eat the carrot... but leave the greens on the lawn.
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My westie has loved carrots ever since she was a pup. Anytime I get out my salad ingredients out, she comes running in. Also, she now has my maltese loving them. I dont think they can hurt, i dont give them big pieces, just usually break off a small piece and an even smaller one for my Maltese..