Can Dogs Eat Carrots?

Can Dogs Eat Carrots?


Read time: 4 mins

24 May 2023

Yes, dogs can eat carrots.

When fed in bite-sized chunks and moderate quantities, carrots are the perfect crunchy snack for your pooch.

Are Carrots Good for Dogs?

Yes, carrots are good for dogs.

As far as the old wives tale goes, we can’t guarantee that eating carrots will give your pooch the ability to see in the dark. But, they do have a whole host of other benefits which are bound to get their tails wagging and mouths drooling.

Benefits of Carrots for Dogs

Carrots are an irresistible, tasty snack for dogs. Asides from getting their taste buds tingling, carrots have a number of other benefits too:

Low in calories

Carrots are low in calories so they make the perfect alternative to dense, meaty chews which is especially good for pups who are watching their waistline. 

High in fibre

Goodbye sloppy poos, hello well-formed logs. Sorry for the TMI, but if your pooch would benefit from a fibre boost, it’s time to ramp up their veggie intake.

Packed with vitamins

Carrots are also a good source of vitamins, such as vitamin A, which is beneficial for their vision and immune system. Pooches assemble, activating night vision mode. 

Healthy teeth and gums

Chewing on carrots can promote dental health by reducing plaque and tartar buildup. This will help to keep their breath smelling fresh, making face licks more precious and less stomach churning. 

Can Dogs Eat Raw Carrots?

Yes, dogs can eat raw carrots.

Raw carrots are safe for dogs to eat, they’re the perfect crunchy and nutritious snack. It’s a taste and texture pawty over here. 

Can Dogs Eat Cooked Carrots?

Yes, dogs can eat cooked carrots.

These should be served plain and unseasoned, that means no oil, salt or pepper should be added during preparation as these can be toxic to dogs. Ensure to allow the carrots to cool down before giving them to your dog, to avoid potential burns to their mouth. 

Can Dogs Eat Frozen Carrots?

Yes, dogs can eat frozen carrots.

Frozen carrots can be a refreshing treat for dogs during hot weather. As well as providing additional texture, they can also be soothing for teething puppies, or dogs with dental discomfort.

How Many Carrots Can a Dog Eat?

The number of carrots a dog can eat depends on their size, age and general health. As a general guideline, it's usually safe to give a few slices or a couple of baby carrots to your pooch.

Things to Consider When Feeding Your Dog Carrots

Whilst they’re considered an ideal healthy and low-calorie treat for dogs, carrots should still be fed in moderation as an additional treat to an already complete diet. 

Cut into small bite-sized chunks

To safely feed your dog carrots, cut them into appropriately sized chunks. They should be small enough to chew comfortably but big enough so that they don’t pose a choking risk. Never feed your dog a whole carrot.

Remove the green tops and stems

There’s a reason that carrots aren’t typically sold with their green stems. They’re quite bitter in taste and can cause stomach pain. Leave these for the rabbits to chew on.

Introduce them gradually

If you haven’t given your dog carrots before, be mindful that their system may not agree with them. Start slowly with small quantities and gradually increase the amount. Things to look out for which might suggest that your dog has an intolerance to carrots include vomiting, diarrhoea and lethargy. 

Other Vegetables That Are Safe for Dogs to Eat

Carrots are joined by an army of other pooch-pleasing vegetables, such as:

• Broccoli

• Sweet potato (especially good for dogs with diabetes due to its low GI)

• Peas

• Cauliflower

• Celery

• Green beans

• Parsnips

• Spinach

• Butternut squash

• Kale

• Brussel sprouts

• Peppers

• Beetroot

• Cucumber

Carrots in Butternut Box Meals

At Butternut Box, we include carrots in a lot of our meals, such as Pork This Way, Gobble Gobble Turkey, Tuck In Chicken and Plant Get Enough. 

We only use the best-quality ingredients in our meals. As well as 60% human-grade meat, vegetables form the basis for our recipes, alongside things like lentils and pearl barley. Because we believe dogs deserve better

You don’t have to worry about guesswork either, we use the perfect balance of ingredients in our meals to ensure that they are nutritionally complete, providing your dog with all the nutrients that they need to thrive.

At sign up, we will ask you a few questions about your dog, such as their breed, age and activity level. This will help us to calculate exactly how many calories they need, as well as the flavours that would best suit their preferences and lifestyle.

Click the Build Your Box button below to get an exact price and plan.