My fosters (a shepherd x and a retriever x) were watching me scarf down raw carrots while watching tv. They want to eat everything I do, and we're all on a diet!
So I gave Dax a carrot. I didn't think she'd eat it, but she did! Then Patton wanted to get into the act, so I gave her one and that disappeared. Then my terrier mix, Mickey wanted one. She has almost no teeth, but down the carrot went.
Carrots are cheap and they contain no wheat gluten, so I feel safe to feed them as treats, but I wonder how much nutrition they are actually getting of raw carrots. Should I put a limit on the carrots? Are they harmful in any way?
By the way, if you live anywhere near St. Louis, Dax and Patton are adorable and looking for forever homes:
Whenever Im making dinner and cutting carrots my German Shepherd sits by my side and waits until I give her one. Then she goes play with it for a while before she eats it. It's quiet funny really, I never knew dogs liked carrots much until I got her.
My dog loves, carrots, potatoes, a piece of yellow pepper, and a piece of lettuce. So far that is all I have tried. I can't imagine apples, pear, bananas, hurting them either. Strawberry season is coming and we will try that. I used to give my Yorkies fruit and vegies and they loved them as well.
I have 2 parrots. My dogs love to climb in the cages and eat all the left over fresh fruit and veggies. I no longer give my parrots grapes, because of this. They really like the carrots, broccoli and oranges.
Carrots are not good for dogs. No vegetables/fruits/grains are good for dogs. They're not bad, but they're a filler. Use them for treats/rewards, but not as a staple of the diet. They provide no nutritional value, IMO.
To "gbroxon". In response to your post in this forum in 2008. You stated that vegs/fruits are not good for dogs! Wrong. Carrots should be cooked as they don't digest raw. Vegs, fruits (not all ofcourse) have important nutrients and antioxidants that are just fine for dogs. Yes, fruits are also a great "treat" & much better than the traditional dog biscuit! As you know, everydog has a different tolerance to certain foods so what is OK for one may not be OK for the other! I have a Dalmatian & this breed is very susceptable to a variety of food (including certain vegs, meats etc. etc.). I cook my vegs. & add to the contents of the meal that I prepare. Brown rice is far superior to white rice. Well, I could go on but I believe you should browse the web a little more on this subject. I realize that you are an important voice in this forum & Terriffcpets.com in general so please don't take offense. This is my first post & I hope to post more in the future. This is a great website & I have spent hours reading many articles in all the different forums. Thanks to you and all the others who have contributed there knowledge & responses to all.
Last year we recieved a horribly overweight basset into rescue - he was 97 lbs! The vet had us feed him 1/4 cup of kibble every day and all the carrots he wanted. He also walked between 1 and 2 miles a day.
My dogs eat a high end kibble mixed with raw meat, veggies and fruits. They love carrots and I asked the vet about them and she said they can eat all of the carrots, vegetables and fruits they want. I am afraid to go raw completely, as I may not give them the nutrition they need, but I fed raw veggies to my pregnant female and it was the largest litter she had.