Can Dogs Eat Potatoes?

It is not recommended for a dog to eat potatoes, but in a small quantity, cooked potatoes are not necessarily harmful. 

We love potatoes! We make potatoes in many different ways and often eat them in conjunction with our meals. It’s tempting, when Rover comes over, to slip him a small bite of such a savory meal, but it may not be the best idea. Use caution when giving your dog bits of potato and, if possible, avoid it. If you can, try giving them sweet potatoes instead. They’re much healthier and don’t pose the same threat if eaten raw. 

If your pup has diabetes, do not allow them to eat potatoes at all, in any quantity, whether they have been cooked or not. Potatoes can cause blood sugar spikes in canines. 

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How Many Potatoes Can My Dog Eat?

As far as potatoes go, the smaller the amount, the better. Giving a dog too much, over time, can result in gaining an unhealthy amount of weight, plus other possible health problems. A peeled, plain, golf ball-sized potato has, on average, 130 calories. Depending on your dog’s diet, that could be a significant portion of their daily calories. Many popular brands of dog food already contain potatoes as an ingredient, so giving them more on top of that is no small potatoes!

In addition, you should only allow your dog to eat plain, baked, or boiled, potatoes. Fries are coated in oil that doesn’t sit well in their digestive system and the excessive amounts of salt commonly found on fries can be quite dangerous for your pooch to consume. This goes for potato chips, too. 

Can Dogs Eat Raw Potatoes?

No. Do not ever feed your dog uncooked potatoes, of any variety. If you suspect that your dog has recently consumed raw potatoes, take it to your veterinarian for immediate medical attention. White potatoes are part of the nightshade family and contain a toxin called solanine. Cooking the potato reduces the level of solanine present in the potato, but, for dogs, it is too high for their body to handle in raw potatoes.

If your dog has eaten raw potatoes, monitor them closely for signs of solanine poisoning. Those symptoms can include nausea, confusion, weakness, or lethargy. Many times, a dog will simply vomit up the raw potatoes, but that isn’t always the case. If you see those signs, take your pup to the vet. If you are enjoying this article, check out our article on the best dog food for dogs with hypothyroidism.

What Are The Benefits Of Potatoes For Dogs?

Potatoes have no definitive health benefits for dogs. They are to be administered in very small quantities, if at all, and only on special occasions, as a treat. Also, too many potatoes can cause constipation in your dog. 

However, be wary of giving chunks that are too large for your pup. Like other small, hard foods, potatoes can pose a choking hazard, depending on your dog’s size. Instead, chop it up into smaller pieces. That will make it easier to swallow and digest. Offer one or two pieces first, to make sure your pooch reacts well to the treat. 

Another thing to watch out for is what seasonings or sauces you’ve applied to the potato. Most people don’t eat plain potatoes, after all!  If you plan to give some to your pup, make sure to only give them plain potato. Sauces and spices that we enjoy may be harmful to your dog. 

Can Dogs Eat Sweet Potatoes?

Sweet potatoes are a much healthier alternative to white potatoes, for dogs as well as humans. For one thing, eating raw sweet potatoes poses no threat to your canine companion. Sweet potatoes contain vitamins A, C, and B6, as well as other important nutrients like calcium and iron. If you want to feed your pooch some potatoes, try sweet potatoes instead! If you are enjoying this article, check out our article on the best dog food for Pitbulls to gain muscle.

Is My Dog Allergic To Potatoes?

Food accounts for ten percent of all dog allergies, so you should always monitor your pup closely when feeding them something new. Although most dogs aren’t allergic to potatoes, there are some definitive symptoms you should watch out for when you feed your dog potatoes for the first time. It will likely manifest as itchy skin, diarrhea, excessive gas, or, in rare cases, anaphylactic shock. In the last case, take your pet immediately to the emergency room for treatment. Be cautious when trying new foods with your pup and you’ll both enjoy dinner time a whole lot more!

Can Dogs Eat Potato Skins?

While it isn’t strictly harmful for your dog to eat a very small amount of potato skins, it’s better to give them peeled pieces. Potato skins contain a lot of oxalates, which can cause kidney problems in dogs if consumed in a large quantity. This typically results from consuming a huge amount of potato skins, but it’s better to be safe than sorry. If you are enjoying this article, check out our article on the best dog food for Bernese mountain dogs.

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