Can dogs have mashed potatoes? The Ultimate Guide

Which dogs should not eat mashed potatoes?

Carbohydrates can cause serious problems when a dog suffers from diabetes, cancer, or obesity. Since carbs turn to sugar, dogs with these health issues should not have potatoes in any form.


Butter isn’t very good for Fido, but as long as there’s only a tiny bit in the dish then dogs can eat mashed potatoes and butter. Purely mashed potatoes are safer for them, but butter isn’t toxic and as long as your pooch only eats a little bit of mash then they should be perfectly fine.

Butter is very salty and fatty though, and neither of these things are particularly good for your pup to eat. Eating too much buttery mash could lead to an upset stomach orpancreatitis, and over time could lead toweight gain. As long as your pooch isn’t eating more than a spoonful of mash and isn’t eating it regularly, then there shouldn’t be any big problems.

Nutritional benefits and risks of sharing potatoes with your dog

Potatoes are a source of carbohydrates which means they can help give your pup a boost of energy. They contain vitamin C, vitamin B6, iron, and magnesium which are vitamins and minerals your dog needs.

You want to be careful when feeding potatoes. Never feed raw potatoes to your dog. Potatoes are a member of the nightshade family of veggies, just like tomatoes which you also need to feed very carefully (only the red, ripe ones). Raw potatoes contain solanine, which is toxic to dogs. When you cook a potato, you remove most of the solanine which is what makes them safe.

Another important note about potatoes is that the FDA is doing research into increased reports of canine dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM). Research has shown that dogs who eat food containing peas, lentils, other legume seeds, or potatoes as main ingredients are at a higher risk for contracting DCM. To this end, we do not recommend making potatoes a significant part of your pet’s diet.

Can Dogs eat Mashed potatoes? Should you Feed your dog with it?

When you think about homemade treats or food you can cook and share with your dog, you probably think of foods like bone broth, grilled meat or fruit, and vegetables. Mashed potatoes are probably one of the last things you would think to give your pup. Many people associate mashed potatoes with Thanksgiving and other holiday meals loaded up with fat and calories. Not a healthy snack for your dog. Did you know that you actually can share mashed potatoes with your dog if you do it the right way?