Can dogs eat potatoes?

It seems there are a million delicious ways to cook a potato. Baked potatoes, mashed potatoes, potatoes au gratin, French fries, potato chips—but which of these are dogs allowed to eat?

Is it okay for dogs to eat potatoes?

Yes, dogs can eat potatoes, with some caveats. Potatoes contain a compound known as solanine, which is toxic to some dogs. Solanine is part of the nightshade family and is also found in eggplant and tomatoes. Therefore, you should never feed your dog raw potatoes

Potatoes are best for dogs when baked or boiled, with nothing else added. Any potato treats should be fed in moderation, as too many carbs are not good for dogs, who need mostly protein. Potatoes can also cause blood sugar spikes in canines with diabetes. 

Can dogs eat sweet potatoes?

Sweet potatoes are also safe for dogs when cooked. In fact, sweet potatoes make a better treat than regular potatoes because they contain a number of nutrients, including vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin B6, calcium, potassium, magnesium, and iron. Like regular potatoes, sweet potatoes should also be given in moderation. 

Can dogs eat mashed potatoes?

Unfortunately, you probably want to keep your dog away from the mashed potatoes. All the butter, salt, and milk are not good for your pup. Furthermore, most dogs are lactose intolerant and will have a hard time digesting mashed potatoes. Your pup might be heartbroken, but that means more mashed potatoes for you.

Can dogs eat raw potatoes?

Under no circumstance should your dog eat raw potatoes. Raw potatoes contain solanine, which can be toxic to dogs. If you suspect your dog has eaten raw potato, contact your vet. If your dog is showing signs of abdominal pain, diarrhea, or vomiting, contact animal poison control immediately.

Can dogs eat potato skins?

While potato skins are okay for dogs in small amounts, you should probably skip handing it over to your pup. There is no real nutritional value to the potato skin. Also, potato skins contain oxalates, which can be harmful in large quantities.

Tyler Kupcho
Author: Tyler Kupcho

Animal lover, proud husky parent. Writing Intern at DogFriendly.com

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