Hot, greasy, and salty is a triple threat to the taste buds when it comes to french fries. Sure, dogs love gobbling up fries as fast as you can dish them out. But are they okay for your dog? Just how bad are they and can dogs even digest them properly?
The digestive system for dogs is somewhat different than ours mostly because it’s quicker. In regards to french fries, they’re made up of mostly potatoes with added oil; they’re also likely to be heavily salted. These are all things a dog shouldn’t have in their diet.
It may seem generous and sweet to give your beloved dog some comfort food like french fries on occasion. In truth, you aren’t doing your canine any favors by giving them this classic but unhealthy snack.
Can I Give My Dog French Fries? Answer: Not Recommended
You shouldn’t share french fries with your dog. It’s certainly a bad habit at the very least.
While a dog isn’t likely to keel over if you give them a few french fries, or if some drop on the floor, you really shouldn’t allow them to partake in this human treat. They just don’t provide nourishment in any way, quite the opposite in fact.
We find french fries so delicious and tempting so it’s natural to want to share some fries with our furry friends. In reality, there are so many reasons not to do so. Sorry to say but when a dog wolfs down some fries it reflects poorly on the owner. More importantly, it will eventually catch up to the dog over time.
No Alternative to Dog Food
When it comes to your dog and their feeding habits, please remember that they don’t need much. Don’t try to think for your dog and keep it simple. You may assume that a bland boring diet of daily dog food would be unbearable, but they are not thinking like that, even if you suspect they are.
Don’t even think of substituting french fries for one of your dog’s regular meals. There isn’t any protein in french fries, and in fact there’s no redeemable quality to them except for the fact that we think they taste good. It’s simple, no fries with that!
Just Not Healthy for K9s
Everyone knows that french fries will make you fat and eventually clog your arteries. They are loaded with trans fats and other manufactured and processed ingredients. While you can toss a few of them to Fido, it’s important not to condition your dog in such a way. At the very least, it’s just a bad habit to get into.
Their canine system can process it, as it’s just potatoes, oil, and some salt, but it’s not giving them any of what they actually require. There’s no real point in giving french fries to a dog. The good news is that it means more french fries for you!
An Example Situation
You might crave the occasional burger and fries, and once the smell has flooded your house your dog may be really interested in what’s making the intoxicating aroma. Then your eyes might roll back in your head when you take a big bite from a juicy burger and follow it up with some yummy fries. They are now begging.
But your dog eats at such a speed, and with no true appreciation of what they are chowing down on. You could pretty much substitute anything in place of french fries and they’d be equally satisfied. Keep that in mind the next time you face this type of situation. You’ll have a healthier dog for it.
Stick to the Plan
Don’t deviate from your dog’s daily eating regiment unless you upgrade to something of better quality. They’ll have no trouble eating the same thing every single day. The only one who might get bored is you. Give them the occasional treat, but try to pick one that is formulated especially for dogs and is healthy. It’s preferable that the treats are made by the same company that produces their regular food.
In any case, never feed a dog french fries, not even a French Bulldog!