Can dogs have potatoes?
yes, as long as they’re cooked and without gravy or other additives.
I can’t find an answer anywhere on the internet about it. I looked everywhere. Wikipedia, google, even Yahoo Answers. They all said it couldn’t be harmful but didn’t say if it was okay for them to eat. I don’t want to feed my dog something that could make her sick or hurt her in any way.”
Can dogs have mashed potatoes?
Dogs are omnivores, coming by their diet primarily through their wild ancestors who hunted and scavenged for food along with eating leftovers from human kills (thus earning themselves the nickname “man’s best friend”). Because of this ancestry, dog digestion is primarily geared towards consuming and metabolizing meat, fat, and carbohydrates.
They can benefit from carbohydrate sources in their diet that are highly digestible, such as white rice (or cooked potatoes) because it will not put a strain on their pancreas like other complex carb sources might — but they should never get more than 10% of their dietary intake from carbs.
Also worth noting is the fact that we don’t know how much raw potato or raw potato starch is in any prepared food and many dogs have found themselves ill after eating foods containing either ingredient. So if you’re going to give your dog mashed potatoes, make sure there’s no sign of potato chunks/skins in the dish and it doesn’t any sort of gravy or thickening.