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Can dogs eat carrots?

Can dogs eat carrots?

How to tell if your dog is cut out for carrots

Carrots! The archetype of a healthy vegetable. How could anyone think they aren't ideal for dogs, right? As many pet owners have discovered, the health benefits of carrots can be debated. With various questions like "Can dogs eat carrots raw?" or "Why can't dogs eat carrots?" popping up, there's a need for clarity.

I seldom plan to write an article on a certain topic ahead of time. Instead, I wait for the right message to come to me. This story comes from Lake O'Hara, one of the stunningly beautiful parts of the Canadian Rockies. If you wish to visit this environmentally sensitive area, you have to plan months ahead, and getting a camping permit is like winning a lottery.

Besides the amazing natural beauty of Lake OHara, there is another reason to visit. The local mountain hut sells an infamous carrot cake. I have not been to Lake OHara for a few years, but the memory of this carrot cake still makes me drool like a pooch in a Pavlovian experiment.

This brings me to the topic of carrots and dogs.

Below is a summary of the most frequently asked questions I have received over the years about feeding carrots to dogs.

Common questions about dogs and carrots

  1. Can dogs eat carrots?
    Yes, dogs can eat carrots in moderation. As carrots aren't a regular part of a wild canine’s diet, they’re unlikely to be species-appropriate food for dogs.
  1. Can dogs eat carrots raw or should they be cooked?
    There's no definitive answer. While dogs might digest cooked carrots more easily, raw food, especially raw carrots, has greater nutritional value. Can dogs eat cooked carrots? Sure! And some pet owners even ask, "Can dogs eat frozen carrots?" The answer is yes, but always ensure they are appropriately sized to prevent a choking hazard.
  1. How many carrots can dogs eat?
    If your dog likes carrots and digests them without any issue, feeding them occasionally is fine. Just monitor for undigested pieces in their feces.
  1. Can dogs eat carrot cake?
    It's essential to note that while carrots might be okay, carrot cake often contains sugar and other ingredients that may not be ideal for dogs, such as nutmeg. While you may be tempted to treat your dog with a piece of cake, there is a risk of carrot cakes containing raisins which are toxic to dogs and must be avoided. Kidney damage is the most common toxic effect.
  1. Is it okay to give your dog carrots every day?
    If your dog loves and digests them well, they can be a low-calorie treat, but moderation is key.
  1. Do carrots help with teeth cleaning for dogs?
    Some believe that chewing on hard carrots can help, but it generally isn't a substitute for raw bones.
  1. Do carrots have vitamins and minerals for eye health?
    Carrots are a source of vitamin A, which is great for eye health. Their nutritional value depends upon how they're grown. Organic or homegrown carrots are better than conventionally grown crops.
  1. Would juicing carrots and feeding the carrot pulp prevent them causing digestive upset?
    Juicing eliminates undigested carrot chunks. It's recommended to feed carrot pulp or mix the juice and pulp. Carrot juice alone might be too sugary.
  1. Do dogs need vegetables in their diet?
    There are opinions that dogs should be fed meat only. However, adding vegetables like carrots can be beneficial.


If your dog loves carrots and digests them well, it's okay to feed them occasionally. Otherwise, explore which vegetables are suitable for dogs. Here is a brief overview:

Ways to safely feed carrots to dogs

- Ensure carrots are appropriately sized to prevent choking.

- Monitor for undigested pieces in their feces, which may indicate difficulty in digestion.

- Dogs can eat carrots raw, cooked, or even frozen. However, if you notice undigested pieces in their feces, consider blending the carrots finely or juicing them.

- Avoid feeding carrot juice alone as it might be too sugary.

Benefits of carrots for dogs

- Carrots are a low-calorie treat for dogs.

- They are a source of vitamin A, beneficial for eye health.

- Chewing on carrots might offer some dental benefits, though they're not a substitute for proper dental care.

- Carrots can be part of a varied vegetable intake, which may help in overall health.

When are carrots bad for dogs?

- If your dog has difficulty digesting carrots, evidenced by undigested pieces in their feces.

- Feeding in excessive quantities can be unsuitable due to their carbohydrate content.

- Carrot cake or other carrot products high in sugar and toxic ingredients such as raisins, are not ideal for dogs.


About the author

Dr. Peter Dobias, DVM is an Integrative veterinarian, nutritionist and creator of natural supplements for dogs and people. Helping you and your dog prevent disease, treat nutritional deficiencies, and enjoy happier, healthier, and longer lives together.

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