Are Carrots OK For Dogs?
September 20, 2022 | 3 min read
Updated September 25, 2023
By Sarah Milton
Summary: In this blog, we’ll learn whether carrots are OK for dogs to eat and if dogs even like carrots! We’ll learn if they can have carrots cooked or raw and how much carrot is too much for a dog. Learn about all things carrot and dogs below…
Are Carrots OK For Dogs?
Carrots are absolutely safe for your dog to eat. You may have even seen them advertised on the label as a prominent ingredient in your pup’s commercial dog food!
They make a super nutritious snack, treat, or addition to your dog’s main meal and are low in calories. Carrots are also rich in fiber (which many dogs lack in their diets), antioxidants (like alpha-carotene and beta-carotene), potassium, and vitamins A, B6, and K. All of these contribute to your dog’s health and wellbeing, but prominently vitamin A can directly help support eye health, functioning, and vision.
Can Dogs Eat Raw Carrots?
Yes, dogs can eat raw carrots. Gnawing on a raw stick of carrot can actually help boost your dog’s dental health by promoting the strength of the teeth due to how much chewing is required. Carrots can also act as a polishing aid helping keep their teeth clean as the gnawing helps to remove residual pieces of food from the teeth.
You can even freeze raw carrots and offer them to your dog when they’re cold either to help relieve teething discomfort in puppies or as a fun, edible chew toy for older dogs!
In the interest of safety, it’s always advisable to cut whole carrots into bite-size chunks to reduce the risk of choking - particularly with smaller dog breeds and puppies. However, a full-grown medium-large dog should be able to enjoy chomping down on a full-size carrot but never let them gnaw on one unsupervised to be on the safe side, particularly with baby dogs.
Can Dogs Eat Cooked Carrots?
Yes, dogs can also enjoy carrots cooked whether they be boiled or steamed. You just need to make sure the carrot is plain - so, not seasoned with salt or pepper or other flavorings and not served in a sauce or cooked in fats or oils. Again, it’s always advisable to chop your cooked carrot into smaller chunks for your dog to reduce the choking hazard.
Do Dogs Like Carrots?
Most dogs really enjoy carrots, but remember, every dog is different and some may show more interest in a raw carrot over a cooked carrot or vice versa. If your dog rejects your offering of some carrot, there are lots of alternative fruits and vegetables you can try that are safe for dogs like green beans, cucumber, cooked sweet potato, and banana.
How Many Carrots Can A Dog Eat?
As with every food; everything in moderation and the same goes for carrots. Carrots should make up no more than 10% of your dog’s daily calorie intake. As carrots are low in calories, the average adult dog should receive no more than around 2 small carrots a day.
Can Dogs Eat White Carrot?
Carrots are traditionally known to be orange, but carrots can be white, purple, yellow, black, and red! And yes, dogs can eat any color of carrot as long as they’re served plain and unseasoned.
Can Dogs Eat Carrot Cake?
We wouldn’t recommend you serving carrot cake to a dog. Many of the ingredients in a cake may prove to be toxic to a dog (like currants, raisins, vanilla extract, walnuts, macadamia nuts etc.). The high content of sugar and milk in cake may upset your dog’s stomach too. It’s best to avoid sharing a piece of carrot cake with your pooch, and focus on allowing them to have plain carrot instead.
If you’re curious about further foods and beverages you absolutely shouldn’t give to your dog, check out our PetLab Co. guide below which lists all items that are known to be toxic to dogs so you know which foods to avoid allowing your dog to eat:
Author Lesser, Jennifer “Can Dogs Eat Carrots?” The Spruce Pets, Dec 16. 2021 https://www.thesprucepets.com/are-carrots-safe-for-dogs-4628454
“Are Carrots Good For Dogs?” James Wellbeloved https://wellbeloved.com/pet-blog/caring-for-dogs/dog-nutrition/are-carrots-good-for-dogs/
Comes from a family of animal lovers and got to grow up with a menagerie of pets! I believe owning a pet is a privilege and I love researching and creating informative, fun content for fellow pet owners to help their furry friends have the happiest and healthiest lives. When I’m not writing blogs, you can find me sharing a walk with my pet dachshund or at a yoga class!