The Short Answer is:
A frozen carrot is a great treat for dogs. Partly, this is due to how healthy carrots are. A frozen carrot is a great treat for dogs. Partly, this is due to how healthy carrots are.
In this article you will know the answer to the query “Can I Feed Frozen Carrots To My Dogs?“.
- What is the nutritional value of frozen carrots?
- How can frozen carrots help dogs?
- How to prepare frozen carrots?
- How might frozen carrots be dangerous to dogs?
- Carrots can be prepared in a variety of ways
- At what age can puppies eat frozen carrots?
- What are other frozen vegetables that are suitable for dogs?
- How many frozen carrots can I feed my dog every day?
- Can I Feed Frozen Carrots To My Dogs? (Watch Video)
Carrots are one of my favorite foods.
I usually eat one every day and my dogs are very appreciative because I normally snap off the ends for them.
However I have never fed frozen carrots to my dogs but I know this is something that lots of people are interested in.
I was intrigued and have written an article about frozen carrots for dogs after doing some research.
The world we live in is a funny old one isnot it?
What is the nutritional value of frozen carrots?
A frozen carrot has the same nutritional value as a carrot served at room temperature!
What else does a carrot bring to the table besides sweetness and crunch?
Remember these values refer to human adults not dogs.
Carrots contain 41 calories 5 grams of sugar 3 grams of fiber and 1 gram of protein per 100 grams.
Based on recommended daily allowances this portion size gives you 3% sodium 7% potassium 6% niacin 6% thiamin 11% B6 7% vitamin C and 334% of your vitamin A allowance!
In spite of the fact that they are almost 89% water do not you think they pack quite a punch?
How can frozen carrots help dogs?
A frozen carrot is a great treat for dogs.
Partly this is due to how healthy carrots are. And do not worry neither you nor your dog can get too much vitamin A from carrots.
You can give your dog frozen carrots as a very satisfying treat to chew on.
They have a delicious sweet taste to go along with the hard texture.
The chewing of carrots is believed to be a great way of cleaning your teeth.
Bacteria are removed from the teeths surface due to the texture.
The chewed pieces of a frozen carrot wouldnot be flexible enough to clean the teeth in the same way as a fresh carrot would.
There are however other ways in which frozen carrots can benefit the teeth.
When puppies are teething this is especially important.
A frozen carrot or anything else that is frozen can be chewed and sucked on to soothe red and inflamed gums.
It is cheaper and healthier to give your dog frozen carrots rather than dog biscuits.
You can replace any biscuits or cheese that you are currently using with a carrot if your dog likes carrots and likes to play games with hidden treats.
You will give your dog a satisfying crunch a hint of sweetness and only a few calories!
As a final suggestion I suggest freezing carrots and using them as ice cubes to add to dogs’ water bowls during hot summer days.
Adding ice to the water will help it cool down while carrots floating in the water will serve as an incentive for your dog to keep drinking!
How to prepare frozen carrots?
The other great thing about frozen carrots is that they are easy to prepare.
Keep frozen carrots whole if you are going to use them as a healthy “chew toy.”
Perhaps you should cut off the top and bottom (but its not really necessary) and then give them a quick wash scrub or peel.
Put them in the freezer for a few hours with saran wrap wrapped around them.
Cut them up into slices if you’re going to use them as a substitute for dog biscuits.
How might frozen carrots be dangerous to dogs?
There are some things that you need to keep in mind when giving your dog frozen carrots despite the fact that they are an amazing treat.
In our nutritional analysis we found that carrots are 5% sugar so you need to keep that in mind when your dog is munching on one since excessive sugar can cause tooth decay.
Another threat carrots pose to dogs is choking hazards.
In some cases dogs who get a little overexcited at the sight of frozen carrots may not chew them properly resulting in the carrot being swallowed in chunks that are too big.
Your dog will gag when these chunks get stuck in the back of the throat.
Carrots can be prepared in a variety of ways
Donot freeze carrots before giving them to your dog.
If your dog sees another frozen carrot he may become sick of it and if he sees another…
Maybe your dog has never been a fan of frozen carrots regardless of your efforts.
If you decide to make carrots a regular part of your dogs diet you have a couple more options.
You can give your dog raw carrots as the first method.
Is it possible that they have sensitive teeth and cannot handle the sensation of biting into a frozen vegetable?
Alternatively you can lightly steam them for a few minutes.
Steaming carrots instead of boiling them is more gentle.
When a carrot is steamed it maintains more of its crunch and more of its nutrients than if it had been boiled.
At what age can puppies eat frozen carrots?
I mentioned earlier that frozen carrots were used by some people to help their puppies through teething.
Also I warned that frozen carrots could pose a choking hazard.
Does it really make sense to add carrots to the diet of your puppy?
If yes when.
According to a few forums surprisingly some owners are introducing their puppies to carrots as early as 7 or 8 weeks of age.
However many of these owners do mention that they closely supervise their puppies.
Because puppies have a short attention span it is very easy for them to take a measured bite and chew it properly for the first few minutes but then..
As their attention shifts the bites get bigger the chewing becomes more haphazard and before you know it the puppy is retching because a piece of carrot is stuck at the back of their throat…
Another reason to introduce a puppy to a frozen carrot or indeed any large frozen vegetable is that it can be used as a first step towards getting a real bone.
What are other frozen vegetables that are suitable for dogs?
A great thing about frozen vegetables is that the possibilities are almost endless.
For most of us the great thing about carrots is that we can buy them very cheaply at our local grocery store year-round.
Regardless of how great carrots are they get bored when they are the only vegetables on the menu.
Thats a bit of an exaggeration but you get the idea.
Parsnips are an obvious choice after carrots.
I feed my dogs frozen broccoli stems or chunks of sweet potatoes.
You can also make ice cubes from frozen Brussels sprouts.
How many frozen carrots can I feed my dog every day?
Depending on your dogs size you should not give them more than one carrot per day if you are desperate to add carrots to their diet.
Smaller dogs may need half a carrot a day and large breed dogs may require up to two carrots a day.
This is not because your dog is likely to suffer from vitamin A poisoning (a 100g serving of raw carrot provides more than three times the amount of vitamin A a human should consume.)
As long as you do not feed them too much carrot they would not get sick of it I’m recommending this.
Put it all together. Try serving frozen carrots with other frozen vegetables such as sweet potatoes if your dog loves them.
Variety is good for your dog because it will give him a rounded boost of minerals and vitamins as well as expose him to different tastes and textures.