Can I Give My Dog French Fries?

Can I Give My Dog French Fries?Hot, greasy, and salty is a triple threat to the taste buds and dogs love gobbling up french fries as fast as you can dish them out. But are they OK for your dog, and will they be able to digest them properly.

A dog’s digestive system is far different than a human’s and they don’t need to eat the same or even similar things to us. In the case of french fries it’s mostly potatoes and oil, and likely heavily salted, all things a dog doesn’t need in their diet, and wouldn’t find in the wild.

You may think that you’re being friendly to your pet by giving them things like french fries on occasion to keep them interested in food, but you aren’t doing them any favors by giving them french fries.

Can I Give My Dog French Fries? Answer: Not Recommended

While your dog is likely not going to keel over if you give them a few french fries, or if some drop on the floor and they suck them up, but you shouldn’t intentionally give your dog fries as a regular treat, or thinking that they provide nourishment in any form.

Dogs and Treats

A dog will probably show a lot more excitement, and gobble up treats with a lot more fervor than they do their dog food. This is for two reasons. First, you probably feed them by hand when you give them a treat, this allows you to see them eat it and see the look on their face when they have it. Most times when your dog is eating they have their face down in their dish and they’re going to town on their dog food. Since you can’t see them suck down their regular fare, you assume they are having more fun with the treat.

Also, you probably don’t make lots of friendly sounds when you give them their regular food, you just pour it from the bag into the bowl. When you give them a treat you are probably accompanying it with friendly sounds such as Good boy! or Good girl, in the higher pitched friendly voice you use for good behavior. They are probably responding to your positive attention just as much as they are to the morsel of food you are giving them at the time.

And since we find french fries so delicious and tempting, it’s natural for us to transfer these taste sensations to our furry friends, but there is no way to determine what they taste like to a dog. The fries are also hot, as opposed to the room temperature dog food they’re used to, so there’s a lot going on when a dog wolfs down some fries.

No Alternative to Dog Food

Don’t even think of substituting french fries for one of your dogs regular dog food meals. There is not 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.

Not Healthy for Dogs Either

Everyone knows that french fries make you fat and clog your arteries. They are loaded with trans fats and other manufactured ingredients, and while you can toss a few of them to your furry friend while you’re chowing down, it’s not as if you’re doing them any favors.

Their system can process it, as it’s just potatoes, oil, and salt, but it’s not giving them any nutritional value, so there’s no real point in giving it to them.

When it comes to your dog and its feeding habits it’s easy to remember that they don’t need much. Don’t try to think for your dog. You may think that a bland boring diet of daily dog food would be unbearable, but they are not thinking like that, even if you think they are.

You might crave the occasional burger and fries, and once the smell as flooded your house your dog may seem really interested in what’s making the intoxicating aroma. And your eyes might roll back in your head when you take a big bite from a juicy burger and follow it with some yummy fries, but your dog eats at such a speed, and with no true appreciation for what it inhaling.

Stick to the Plan

Don’t deviate from your dogs daily eating regiment. They’ll have no trouble eating the same thing every single day, and 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 made by the same company that makes their regular food.

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Tikia August 31, 2013

When I give my dog French fries or potato chips…it gives him terrible awful gas. I don’t do this on a regular basis. I did before I realized what it does to him.

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Terence January 17, 2014

French fries and potato chips are among the top 20 Acrylamide-high foods. Acrylamide is a cancer-causing chemical created when carbohydrate -rich foods are cooked at high temperatures above 250F/120C.

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