Carrot dog treats are a great way to get much-needed vitamins and minerals into your dog's diet. They're cheap, readily available, and you can even grow them in your backyard.
But are carrots good for dogs?
Absolutely. Carrots are just as good for dogs as they are for us. Along with fiber, potassium, vitamin A and vitamin K1, carrots are loaded with immune-boosting beta carotene. Beta carotene works in the body to help dogs fight illnesses and diseases, especially those caused by bacteria, viruses, and fungi.
Although beta carotene is beneficial to a dog's system, it is not produced by a dog's body. They have to obtain it from ingesting plants or supplements containing beta carotene.
Carrots are also high in natural antioxidants providing anticancer activity and are low in fat and sugar. This makes dog treats made of carrots an ideal option for in-between meals.
How To Feed Your Dog Carrots
If your dog eats them, you can most certainly feed carrots raw to dogs. I say, if because I have great difficulty getting my dog to eat raw carrots or any vegetable for that matter. That's why I make these crispy baked carrot dog treats. They still contain plenty of vitamins and are much more palatable to my dog than raw carrots.
Crispy Baked Carrot Sticks - Dog Treats
Vegetables are a great option for a low calorie treat. Our crispy baked carrot sticks turns a simple, inexpensive vegetable, into a delicious treat for your dog.
'Crispy Baked Carrot Sticks'
Crispy Baked Carrot Sticks Recipe
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 30 minutes
Nutrition Facts: 25 calories, 1.1g fat
- 1 Large carrot
- 1 teaspoon parsley
- 1 cup leftover cooked meat juices
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
- Peel carrot, and trim ends.
- Cut carrot in half, then cut into thin strips.
- Marinade carrots in meat juices for 10 minutes then sprinkle with parsley and place on baking tray.
- Cook for 10 minutes, then turn over, repeat 3 times for a total of 30 minutes.
- Remove from oven and allow to cool, store in refrigerator.
- Substitute 1 teaspoon of coconut oil for the meat juices with . Instead of marinating carrots in the meat juices, add them to a baking tray with coconut oil and and sprinkle with parsley.
- Substitute carrot for similar vegetable of your choice.
Store-Bought Carrot Dog Treats
If you'd rather buy your treats than make them, or if short on time, you can find some good quality carrot dog treats online or in stores.
Things to look for are single-ingredient i.e., carrots, free from preservatives, chemicals, and artificial flavors. Non-GMO is also an advantage as there have been many health and environmental risks associated with foods containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs). GMOs are organisms that have been genetically modified in a laboratory.
Here is an excellent options for an online purchase:
Or if you want to purchase in-store, look out for Lucky Premium Blend carrot treats.
Whether you feed raw, make them yourself, buy online, or buy from a store, carrot dog treats are healthy options. The only time this isn't true is if a store-bought treat is loaded with other harmful ingredients, chemicals, or uses genetically modified carrots.
If unsure, print the recipe on this page and make your own.
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