Can dogs have carrots? Yes, but with caution
Don't treat a dog bone like a carrot stick
Every blue moon, I’ll spot random fruit or vegetables in our neighborhood food giveaway booths*. People always take the meat and the junk food, but the fresh vegetables and fruits are (oddly) often ignored. As a 17-year vegetarian, I pounce when I see them. To my delight, sometimes there are items in the food booths that are pet-friendly, one of which is occasional bags of baby carrots or large carrot sticks.
My dog just about turns in circles when I reach in to grab a bag. Outside of Bugs Bunny, I don’t know of anyone else who happily walks around crunching very loudly on a carrot quite like Junee, my Hound mix. Along with a collection of other fruits and vegetables, American Kennel Club gives these orange veggies a thumbs up for their Vitamin A and clean(er) teeth.
So I was recently confused when my dog, who’d been happily munching on three to four daily baby carrots for weeks, took the carrots out of her food dish and sat them on the kitchen floor. What changed?