Can Dogs Eat Potatoes?
We have potatoes to thank for tons of our favorite foods, from mashed potatoes to french fries to roasted potatoes with a pinch of garlic and rosemary. But are potatoes okay for your dog to eat? The short answer is: yes, in moderation, as long as the potatoes are cooked.
Here are a few things to keep in mind when it comes to feeding your dog potatoes:
- You should never feed your dog raw potatoes because they contain a compound called solanine (also found in tomatoes) which can be toxic to dogs. Cooking reduces the amount of solanine in potatoes, which makes them safe for your dog to consume.
- If you’re going to feed your dog potatoes, stick with plain potatoes instead of fried or buttered potatoes which contain excess fat and calories that can upset your dog’s stomach and lead to weight gain in the long-term.
- Don’t use potatoes as a meal substitute, since they won’t be able to provide all of the protein, fiber, nutrients or healthy fats that your dog needs.
- Sweet potatoes are a healthier option for your dog than white potatoes, since they contain vitamin A, vitamin C, iron and other important nutrients.
How many potatoes can my dog eat?
Potatoes are high in carbohydrates and can be lacking in other nutrients, especially white potatoes. While dogs need carbohydrates for energy (just like humans), eating too many carbohydrates can lead to weight-gain. Many commercially produced dry kibble products contain simple carbohydrates like potatoes as a primary ingredient, so you may want to look for a dog food with a more balanced list of ingredients. A healthy diet for your dog will include a wide range of nutrients, including carbohydrates, healthy fat, protein, fiber, vitamins and minerals.
When treating your dog to potatoes (that aren’t included as an ingredient in their dog food) it’s a good idea to follow the 10% rule: only around 10% of your dog’s daily caloric intake should come from treats or snacks.