Yes, Dogs Can Eat Potatoes but with an exception.
The answer is both yes and no. The depth of the question lies in the preparation of food. You can feed your dog a cooked potato but not a raw potato. You can serve your dog a cooked, baked, steamed, and mashed potatoes but in a moderate amount. Potatoes are rich in starch. Feed your dog with a low starch food item.
Why Raw potato is totally no for dogs?
No doubt Potatoes rich in magnesium, Vitamin C, B6, iron, and other nutrients that are essential for your dog’s growth. At the same time, they belong to a nightshade family which contains solanine which can cause harmful effect on your dog. However, cooking can reduce the amount of solanine in potatoes. By any chance, if your dog eats raw potato, look for the below symptoms in your dog and rush to your Vet.
Things to be kept in mind while feeding your dog a potato
- Potato should be either cooked, baked, or steamed.
- Remove the skin of the potato when serving as it is rich in oxalates, excess of oxalate can cause kidney problems in your dog.
- Avoid adding salt, bacon, pepper, and greasing the potatoes.
- If your dog is diabetic, completely avoid the usage of potato in your dog’s diet.
- Avoid green skin potatoes as they contain a high amount of solanine.
- Boiled potatoes are the best course.
- Make small pieces, slices or mash potatoes while serving to your dog for better digestion
Alternative of Potatoes
Sweet potatoes and yams can be used as an alternate to the potatoes as they are healthier and dogs might love the sweet taste. They contain more Vitamins and lacks toxins. Sweet potatoes either raw or cooked are beneficial for your dog especially when cooked it gets easier for your dog to chew them.
So when it comes to canines, sweet potatoes and yams are preferred.
Potatoes should be pealed,also cut eye and green potion because this portion contain solanine which are bad for dog health.
Every dog has different nature so try to induce a small amount of every new item to your dog diet. Always consult your vet for every new item you add to your dog’s diet