Potatoes are an excellent source of fiber that is especially beneficial to humans. But what about dogs? Can dogs eat potatoes? What are the benefits or dangers of giving potatoes to your dog? This article is here to answer your questions and inform you about dogs eating potatoes.
Can Dogs Eat Potatoes?
For most dogs, the answer is yes! Dogs can eat potatoes as long as you prepare and serve them properly. Dogs should never eat uncooked, raw potatoes. Raw potatoes contain solanine which is toxic for some dogs. The cooking of potatoes, however, reduces the levels of solanine.
Potatoes are rich in a variety of nutrients, but they are also high in carbohydrates which can lead to obesity if overconsumed.
If you aren’t sure whether or not you should give potatoes to your dog based on their medical history, always ask your vet first.
Can Dogs Eat Sweet Potatoes?
Yes, as long as they are cooked and skinless! In fact, sweet potatoes are much healthier than white potatoes.
Potatoes are rich in a variety of nutrients such as vitamins A, C, B6. Moreover, they contain minerals like magnesium, iron, calcium, and potassium. All these nutrients are extremely beneficial to both you and your dog.
Remember, although your dog can eat potatoes, you should never replace their dog food with large portions of potatoes or make potatoes a staple food in their diet.
Dangers of Dogs Eating Potatoes
As mentioned, cooked potatoes are perfectly safe for your dog, but raw potatoes are toxic due to solanine. More specifically, if your dog consumes a large number of raw potatoes (and subsequently, solanine), watch out for any of the following symptoms:
- Stomach pain
- Diarrhea & vomiting
Remember to call your vet immediately if they experience any of these symptoms. It is likely that your vet will prescribe drugs.
In addition to this, do not give any potatoes to diabetic dogs.
Finally, always consult your vet before you introduce a new food into your dog’s diet.
If you are planning to home cook for your dog and do not plan to use a dog kibble as part of their diet, you must consult a veterinarian or veterinary nutritionist to make sure their diet is balanced and complete. If you get it wrong, the nutritional deficiencies you might induce are life-threatening! The safest option is to stick to a high-quality, completely balanced, commercial dog food.
How to Safely Give Potatoes to your Dog
Meal preparation is essential to giving your dog a safe snack. Make sure you have cooked them thoroughly and do not add any seasonings to the potatoes. Seasonings are harmful to your dog as they contain toxic ingredients such as salt and onion.
Potato variations such as mashed potatoes are good for your dog if roasted and not boiled with any seasonings, milk or butter. Potato chips and fried potatoes are very unhealthy because they are high in oil, fat, and salt. Seek better and healthier alternatives.
Always serve potatoes sparingly and on special occasions. Do not overfeed potatoes to your dog – remember that all treats and human food should make up no more than 10% of your dog’s daily calorie intake.