Welcome to a new section of our site where we will be looking at foodstuffs and asking the question Can Our Dogs Eat That?
A healthy and balanced diet is what all of our dogs need to be on. With added exercise and care.
That is the absolute minimum in terms of looking after our dogs but as we all know, from time to time our dogs will get their paws on some of our very own human food.
Some foods are perfectly fine, some are neutral and some are positively no way items that you never want your dog to eat.
So with that in mind, let us take a look at these foods and find out more about them.
Today, it’s the turn of potatoes.
So let’s get into it and ask Can Dogs Eat Potatoes?
Table Of Contents
- So let’s get into it and ask Can Dogs Eat Potatoes?
- Human Food is for Humans and Dog Food is for Dogs!
- Can Dogs Eat Raw Potatoes?
- What happens if a dog eats potatoes?
- Can Dogs Eat Mashed Potato?
- Can a dog eat a baked potato skin?
- What do I do if my dog ate potato skin?
- So to sum up Can Dogs Eat Potatoes?
As a general rule of thumb, it is always the very best practice for any dog owner to follow this simple rule:
Human Food is for Humans and Dog Food is for Dogs!
I know that we all do it, myself included, that an occasional tidbit from our plates finds its way to our dog’s mouth, but it should really be avoided.
That said, we know it happens so as part of this new series let’s look at today’s item on the menu:
Can Dogs Eat Raw Potatoes?
You should never feed your dog a raw potato, but if you do it’s best to keep them away from the green parts.
Like tomatoes, potatoes contain solanine; however, cooking reduces levels in some cases.
You might want to consider boiling or baking anything with an added ingredient instead of eating just plain old-style taters for dinner!
What happens if a dog eats potatoes?
“Green” potatoes or uncooked potatoes are an easy way to poison your pet.
It’s not just that green potato is also bad for the human body, but it can also be hazardous to dogs.
The solanine naturally produced in green or raw potatoes, potato skins, and the foliage from a plant can cause heart problems, difficulty breathing, and gastrointestinal upset when consumed by dogs.
Can Dogs Eat Mashed Potato?
Yes! Mashed potatoes are safe for dogs. This is true, as they contain all sorts of nutrients such as vitamin C and B6; however, avoid adding any seasonings to the dish so your dog doesn’t get bored with this food item.
Mashed potatoes are a nutritious and delicious snack for your canine companion. Naturally rich in vitamins, mashed potato is one of the most wholesome foods you can give to your pup!
If mashing up some spuds on their own isn’t feasible, there’s no shortage of canned options either; just make sure not to add any seasoning or salt as these can be toxic when ingested by dogs.
It would be advisable to only ever give a small amount as a treat or to boost a bland kibble diet.
A couple of tablespoons would be a decent and safe amount to add, with no fear of causing any tummy troubles.
A baked potato is fine too as are the very occasional fry, but again..everything is in moderation.
Potatoes are a tasty and healthy treat for your pup, so be careful not to over-indulge. Too much can lead to weight gain in dogs as well as stomach upset or vomiting/diarrhea which is never good!
A great way of making sure you’re doing the right thing with food treats is by being mindful about what it’s best that we do–keeping potatoes an occasional delicacy rather than something he may scarf down every day.
With too many, mashed spuds will disrupt their digestion, make them sick, and leave them feeling guilty afterward because they know they’ve done wrong…
Potatoes can also cause elevated blood sugar levels in diabetic pooches.
However, if they have diabetes then avoid this food since it may cause blood sugar levels to spike badly enough that a trip to the vets will ensue and the possibility and need of hospitalization care after ingesting too much potassium from eating raw potatoes for example.
Can a dog eat a baked potato skin?
It’s always best to make sure the potato is completely peeled before you feed it to your pet. Potato skins contain oxalates, which can be extremely dangerous for dogs!
A dog who has eaten potato skins may experience loose stools and vomiting as well as depression, fatigue, tremors, or seizures if the situation isn’t taken care of quickly enough.
Heart arrhythmia could also occur due to complications from eating these potatoes too often in large quantities.
What do I do if my dog ate potato skin?
If your dog has eaten potato skins. If they’ve emptied the compost, raided the root cellar, or dug up their kitchen garden you will be sure to catch them in the act!
The best way is by being there when it happens and make note of any symptoms that may arise from solanine poisonings such as vomiting, diarrhea, and excessive drooling.
If you see or sense anything is wrong then it’s a call to your vet and most likely a trip to see them.
It’s important to make sure that you are always mindful of how you store food both fresh and waste, in your home.
Many dogs love to scavenge so always make sure your trash is secured away from where your forever hungry dog can get to.
This avoids any accidents and a whole heap of the mess too!
So to sum up Can Dogs Eat Potatoes?
Yes, they can with lots of considerations.
Be mindful of the risks and never overindulge your dog along with never using potato as a substitute for real and healthy balanced dog food.
And of course, nothing is better than giving your dog great dog food that is balanced and gives them everything they need.