Potatoes are the ultimate comfort food. Whether they're mashed, baked, fried, or loaded with lots of cheese — potatoes reign supreme. We humans love them, but are they okay to for our dogs to eat?
The answer, unfortunately, is complicated. Potatoes do contain vitamin C, vitamin B6, iron, magnesium, and many other nutrients that dogs need. However, for potatoes to be served to dogs, they need to be prepared properly and given in the appropriate portions or there could be adverse health effects.
When are potatoes toxic for dogs?
Potatoes can be okay for your dog to eat; however, there are a few rules that need to be followed before you decide to share your comfort food with your pup.
Rule 1: Never feed your dog a raw potato. Raw potatoes contain solanine which is toxic.Cooking the potato reduces the amount of solanine to safe levels.
Rule 2: If you are going to feed your dog a potato, it should be baked or boiled with nothing added to it. French fries, potato chips, or potatoes with butter or salt added to them are not healthy for dogs. So even though the potatoes you're feeding your pooch may not be as delicious as what humans are used to, you'll keep your dog much healthier.
Rule 3: Only give your dog potatoes in moderation. Too many carbohydrates and starches can result in obesity or other health problems for your dog.
What to do if your dog eats potatoes
Even with this being a safe food for dogs, it's a good idea to monitor your dog after feeding them any new food item, potatoes included, for signs of intestinal upset or allergic reactions.
Consult a veterinarian if your dog has eaten large amounts of seasoned or raw potatoes.
Overall, potatoes are fine for a healthy dogs in moderation, as long as they are boiled or baked. Of course, all dogs react differently to different foods so it's best to pay attention to your dog's energy levels, bowel movements, and overall demeanor when introducing a new food.