Can Dogs Eat Potatoes? When it is or isn’t an Emergency
Don’t be deceived by the plain appearance of a potato. They are actually packed with nutrients and minerals like vitamin C, vitamin B6, and potassium. Plain potatoes are fine for dogs to eat as long as they aren’t put together with toxic or unhealthy ingredients.
When potatoes can be bad for dogs
There are certain rules to keep in mind before you let your dog eat potatoes. First, never let your dog eat raw potatoes. As a nightshade vegetable, raw potatoes may contain a compound called solanine which can cause various health problems with the severity ranging from mild to serious. This means you should never let your dog eat a potato when it’s green as well as discarding other parts of the potato including the skin and the leaves of the plant.
You should also avoid feeding potatoes that have been cooked with unhealthy ingredients like butter or ingredients that are toxic to dogs like garlic and onion. Most potato-based dishes like mashed potatoes or French fries shouldn’t be fed to dogs.
How to feed potatoes to a dog
The safest way to feed potatoes (and similar varieties like sweet potato) to dogs is by boiling or baking them. Once cooked, peel off the skin and either mash the potato or cut it into small pieces so it’s easy for dogs to chew and swallow. Potatoes are low in calories so you don’t have to worry about it as much as other “human foods” when it comes to calorie intake. That said, you should make that dogs are only eating potatoes in moderation. As we said earlier, don’t make it a staple in the dog’s diet.
Back in 2019, some dog owners may recall an investigation that the FDA announced to see if there was any link between the consumption of certain diets with canine dilated cardiomyopathy. Potatoes were one of the ingredients linked with this ingredient.
A report update in 2021 suggests that peas showed the highest association with compounds in 3P/FDA diets. While potatoes were insufficiently represented in the study, it does emphasize an importance of moderating the amount of “human foods” that dogs eat.
Want to know what else aside from potato is or isn’t safe for dogs to eat? Our human food database has it covered with 100+ human foods that dogs should or shouldn’t eat.