As you probably know mechanical scraping by chewing on tough chews - is one of the ways to give your dog’s teeth a daily cleaning. There are some types of chews to choose from, but one that many dogs find delicious because of its sweet taste and crunchy texture is a raw carrot. Carrots may help to support dental health by gently scraping the teeth and preventing plaque buildup. While the crunchy texture of carrots is beneficial to their teeth, dogs can't metabolise the nutrients of raw carrots, because each cell of a carrot is protected by a thin wall of cellulose. You will notice that the chunks of carrot your dog chewed up will pass through him looking the same on the way out. To reap the nutritional benefits of carrots, you must lightly cook or steam carrots. My dogs love cooked carrots almost as much as the raw crunchy ones. If you are faced with a pup that has a pooch, carrots provide a great, low calorie snack to satisfy his appetite between feedings. Carrots are low calorie and low fat with only about four calories per baby carrot, making them a healthy treat option.