By Josie February 23rd, 2023
We all want the very best for our furry and four-legged besties.
Can you give potatoes to your doggos?
You can safely feed your dog cooked, unseasoned potatoes; in fact, many commercial dog diets include potatoes as an ingredient.
The short answer is yes.
Uncooked potatoes contain a toxin called solanine.
Potatoes are a "nightshade plant," a group of vegetables that all contain small doses of different sorts of alkaloid compounds.
Potatoes are an excellent source of essential vitamins and minerals: vitamin C, vitamin B6, iron, potassium, calcium, and magnesium.
They are beneficial to both the immune system and the nervous system of your dog.
Your dog can gain weight if you feed them an excessive amount of potatoes or anything else that’s high in carbohydrate content.
Constipation is also a common side effect
Yes, they include a higher concentration of vitamins, and most canines adore the sweeter flavor.
Raw sweet potatoes are simpler to digest than cooked ones, and it is not unsafe for a dog to gnaw on.
Oxalates are abundant in potato skins, and if your dog consumes a significant amount of oxalates, this could lead to kidney problems.
A small amount of potato skin is perfectly fine, although potatoes without skin is preferable.
Mashed potatoes are dog-friendly, but they won’t be the same as the ones you serve your family.
You shouldn’t season it with salt, garlic powder, onion powder, or anything else.
The baked potato your dog eats must be unseasoned, cooked properly, and peeled.
Of course, you can give your dog a bite or two of your baked potato!
An issue arises when starchy carbohydrates like potatoes make up a significant portion of your dog’s diet.
They lead to surges in blood sugar, necessitating continual insulin secretion to stabilize glucose levels.
As time passes, your dog may grow less sensitive to insulin.
If your dog has insulin resistance, they are at risk for thyroid illness and certain cancers.
Treats can account for up to 10% of your dog’s total daily calorie intake.
Follow the 10% rule when giving your dog treats, such as potatoes.
Now you know how to feed your furry family memebers potatoes in a safe and healthy way!