Can Dogs Eat Mashed Potatoes?
Mashed potatoes is a popular and tasty dish made out of mashed boiled potatoes. Because it’s so tasty, you might want to share it with your dog. And that raises a question: can dogs eat mashed potatoes?
Your Dog Might Be Lactose Intolerant
One of the main ingredients in mashed potatoes is milk. While milk is perfectly healthy for most of us humans, a lot of dogs are lactose intolerant, and therefor cannot digest lactose. That’s why I would recommend to contact a veterinarian to find out whether your dog is lactose intolerant or not before adding mashed potatoes or anything else containing milk or other dairy products to her diet.
Dogs Should Not Be Allowed to Eat a Large Amount of Mashed Potatoes at Once
In the case your dog doesn’t have any trouble digesting lactose, it’s okay for her to eat mashed potatoes, but not in large quantities. While potatoes contain a lot of valuable nutrients, they are rich in carbs and sugar as well, and that’s why it’s not recommended to feed your dog large amounts of mashed potatoes as it could result in your dog becoming obese. Occasionally giving your lactose tolerant dog a bite or two of your mashed potatoes is fine, but do not cook mashed potatoes specially for your dog.
Make Sure the Potatoes Used to Cook Mashed Potatoes are Completely Ripe
According to the ASPCA, it’s also important that the potatoes you use to cook mashed potatoes, are completely ripe.
In conclusion, while lactose tolerant dogs can eat mashed potatoes, it’s not recommended to let your dog eat a large amount of mashed potatoes at once.