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.
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Signs Your Dog Likes Carrot Juice
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.
- Wag tail
- Lip licking
- Play bowing
- Running into the kitchen as soon as you get carrots out
- Getting excited when you put carrot juice down for them
History of Dogs Tasting Carrot Juice
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
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
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:
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.