The short answer: It depends.
The long answer: Unripe white potatoes are not safe for dogs because of the solanine content that can blur vision, slow heart rate, and affect digestive and/or nervous systems. However, if the potatoes are ripe, cooked properly, and served moderately, they should provide the necessary vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants for your dog.
Meanwhile, sweet potatoes can be fed to your dog as long as they have no added sugar, salt, or any kind of syrup. Be wary about your serving portion though. A large helping may cause vomiting or diarrhea.
How to feed potatoes to your dog: Remove the stems, shoots, and green parts of the potato. Wash the potato thoroughly to remove dirt and chemicals. Peel off the skin, then boil or bake it without any sauce, oil, or flavourings. Chop it into bite-sized squares or mash it for easy eating.
Here are three ideas for potato treats your dog will love:
- Your pooch will be begging you to make these simple dog biscuits made of sweet potato, whole wheat flour, apple sauce, and eggs!
- Mash some boiled potatoes mixed with water for your pooch to enjoy when he can’t eat anything solid.
- Create jerky-like sweet potato dog chews using only one essential ingredient.
In summary: White potatoes and sweet potatoes can be consumed by your dog, but only if they’re ripe, cooked, and unflavoured. Instead of potatoes, discover which other human food dogs can safely eat in our “can dogs eat” category.