Potatoes are a straightforward food. Giving some to your dog doesn’t seem risky. That is, if you are okay with feeding your pet some people food on occasion. But let’s see what sort of potatoes are best and whether or not you should even bother.
Dogs are primarily carnivorous which means that they desire to eat meat as their first choice. However, some people like to point out that carnivores usually eat herbivores which means that wild dogs automatically supplement their meat intake with whatever veggies their prey may have consumed.
In any case, you can sometimes give your dog an assortment of vegetables. This can include an occasional potato to go along with a diet mostly made up of meat. However, raw vegetables should be avoided. The canine digestive system doesn’t have the gastric juices required to break up something like uncooked potatoes.
Can I Give My Dog Potatoes? Answer: Occasionally
A dog can’t live on potatoes alone, and they definitely don’t handle raw potatoes well.
If you plan on giving your dog a potato, then it’s best to boil them until soft. Alternatively, you can toss your best buddy a baked potato after it’s gone cold. Mashed potatoes probably aren’t as good for Fido because they often contain a combination of added butter, cheese, bacon bits, milk and salt. These are all ingredients to take into consideration before just handing it over to be gobbled up.
So much like with eggplant, if you are going to give them potatoes, be sure that they’re boiled or baked with nothing added to them. No doubt, your dog will still wolf it down and they won’t mind or critique the taste.
Keep a Healthy Balance
At no point do you want the protein/vegetable scale to slip toward the vegetarian side. Your dog needs the protein to help maintain proper functioning, and it does everything from keep their muscles strong, to giving them a healthy coat, to strengthening bones and teeth. So giving them the occasional vegetable like a potato is fine, as long as it’s not a regular thing.
Don’t feel bad if your dog doesn’t get to eat vegetables regularly. In fact, potatoes aren’t going to help out a dog as much as you may think. They don’t require the exact same nutritional benefits that humans do. This means that you don’t need to make it a habit for them. Actually, you shouldn’t! Their food pyramid looks different than ours.
Supplementing a K9 Diet
One great thing about dogs is you really don’t need to worry about adding things to their daily diet of dog food and fresh water. They’re pretty happy with it, and they don’t absolutely need any other bells and whistles. This is sometimes hard for an owner to hear, because we want to pamper our dogs and we want them to have a great life.
We take a lot of pleasure from the taste of food and savoring different flavors every day, such as potatoes, but a dog just views it as intake. They aren’t going to get lost in the moment, and live to eat the way some people do.
You have to set aside your own feelings here, because even though you and I might not like the idea of eating the same boring food every day, your dog is blissfully ignorant and happy that to have daily sustenance delivered to their bowl. Pamper them in other ways with a daily walk, lots of play time, hugs, and speaking to them in the voice that makes them light up.
Conclusion on Potatoes
Often times, people have leftover potatoes from a family meal or a special event such as Thanksgiving. It’s okay to feed your dog a potato or two on occasion. Just be sure that they are cooked and not raw. While this vegetable won’t provide all the nutrients and protein that dogs need on a daily basis, they can partake in moderation. But don’t give your four-legged friend too many potatoes. Honest, this isn’t the best people food choice for canines in our opinion.