Luke has been getting a few vegetables from our small garden this year, first radishes, then green beans, and the latest is carrots! Did you know carrots are good for dogs? Just like the radishes Luke ate back in the early summer, carrots are good for their teeth. All that crunching helps to keep them clean.
Luke loves his vegetables fresh out of the garden, and because we garden organically, all I have to do is rinse them off for him. He is good about chewing them up, but some dogs might not be so not all of them can have whole large carrots right from the garden. I have to cut them up for Sheba, because she tends not to chew things as properly as she should. Cricket doesn’t care for raw carrots, but she will eat them cooked.
Carrots are low in calories and full of vitamins that benefit a dog’s skin, coat, and vitality. However, you do have to be careful not to overfeed them, some dogs might have trouble with digesting too many (I thought I might have given Luke too many that day, but he was fine!). They are also high in carbohydrates, so if your dog has diabetes, it’s best to practice moderation with this vegetable, or check with your vet to be sure.
When I pulled up the carrots that day and came into the yard with them, Luke was bouncing up and down trying to get me to give him one. It was so cute how excited he was! But he waited while I rinsed them off and then went and got the camera. He wanted to steal one so badly when I had them on the ground to rinse them but I told him “leave it” and he listened!
Summer is winding down, and though we’ve still been getting a few green beans (in spite of the deer’s attempts to ravage the plants), the carrots are the last of the harvest for now. I did plant autumn radishes and kale though, so we’ll see how those do. It’s my first time trying to plant them in the fall, so I’m not sure how we’ll make out. Maybe for the last of the carrot harvest, I’ll let Luke dig a couple up for himself, he might have some fun with that!
Do your dogs enjoy fresh carrots?