Can Dogs Taste Carrot Juice?

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Introduction

Sure, your dog probably loves a good carnivorous meal, but have you ever thought about feeding them carrots? While it can be difficult to keep track of what veggies are a go and which may be toxic to your pup, carrots for one, are as safe as they get. Not only do they offer a pleasing crunch, but they are full of healthy vitamins and other nutrients. Carrots can be prepared for your furry friend many different ways, but one of the most popular preparations - especially for older dogs - is carrot juice. 

Fresh vegetable juice is a great way to introduce dense nutrients to your sloppy-eared friend without going through all the hassle of bribing them. Many dogs love the taste of carrots, regardless of what form they come in. But for those picky eaters, carrot juice may be the way to go. 

Signs Your Dog Likes Carrot Juice

Just like people, some dogs are pickier than others. Whereas one pup may be a bottomless pit that eats everything in their sight, another be a little more particular about what they eat. Vegetables are an important component of any diet, and unfortunately, many foods don't quite have enough. 

A great way to get around this (while still feeding your pup their favorite food) is to give them veggies as a treat or supplementary food. 

How do you know if your dog will be just as into carrots as you are? Many dogs come running into the kitchen the minute they know the carrots are out! We don't often give dogs enough credit for how intuitive - and in tune - they are with what we are doing. Whenever you start peeling carrots for dinner, your dog may not leave your side until enough have 'fallen' on the ground for them to eat. It's a no-brainer this is one of their favorite foods, but there are plenty of other signs, too. 

Body Language

Here are some signs your dog likes carrot juice:
  • Listening
  • Wag tail
  • Lip licking
  • Drooling
  • Play bowing

Other Signs

These are other signs your dog can taste carrot juice:
  • Running into the kitchen as soon as you get carrots out
  • Getting excited when you put carrot juice down for them
  • Begging

History of Dogs Tasting Carrot Juice

Over the years we have learned a lot about what dogs like, and what they don't. Building off this, we have also gained a better understanding as to what foods are nutritious to dogs. While many fruits and veggies can be toxic to our furry friends, carrots simply aren't one of them. The first case of a dog tasting - and enjoying - carrot juice may not be documented, but we know there have been countless examples since that drive this point home. 

A lot of human food may not be safe for your dog's tummy, but carrot juice (in moderation) is a great treat and supplementary food for you to give them. If your dog simply isn't into the crunchy texture or is getting older and has a hard time chewing foods, carrot juice may be right up their alley. 

Science Behind Carrots Being Good for Your Dog

Carrots contain beta-carotene, an antioxidant that gives them their signature orange. Not only does this make them look pretty, but evidence suggests an increased intake of antioxidant-rich foods like carrots can protect cells from damage and disease. Carrots are also an excellent source of vitamin A, low in calories, and can provide dogs with many of the same benefits as humans. 

In moderation, feeding your dog carrots or carrot juice is beneficial because they support dental health, encourage regular bowel movements, are low in fat, and are rich in beta-carotene and vitamin A, like we mentioned. The best part yet? There are tons of different ways for you to prepare carrots for your pup. Raw carrots, carrot juice, steamed carrots, carrot crackers, and peeled carrots - you can give this tasty treat to them in their meal or as an extra special bite, it's up to you. 

If you do decide to give your dog carrot juice, keep in mind small amounts are best. Carrots do contain natural sugar, so if Fido has diabetes you will need to monitor their carrot intake more closely. As always, consult your vet before introducing carrot juice to your pup's diet. 

Training Your Dog to Like Carrot Juice

As with anything new, when you first introduce carrot juice to your dog, do it slowly. Your dog's digestive system is sensitive, and a lot smaller than ours. Carrot juice has many wonderful benefits and is full of healthy nutrients, but a little goes a long way. You may want to start by giving your pup a little piece of raw carrot or peeled carrot in their meal. If they seem to like it but are having a hard time chewing the raw form, try carrot juice. You can put a little bit in a dish for them as a treat, or add it to their meal if they prefer it wet.

When you talk to your vet about giving your dog carrot juice, be sure and ask them the best way to start out. They will know your dog best and will have a better idea of how to introduce the potentially new food to their diet. Dogs are sensitive and can get sick if too much is thrown at their system, so take it easy and be patient. 

How to React if Your Dog Likes Carrot Juice:

  • Start small.
  • Monitor their behavior and bowel movements.
  • Check with your vet to make sure it's safe.

Safety Tips for Giving Your Dog Carrots:

  • Always consult your vet first.
  • Try carrot juice if your pup is older and has a hard time chewing.