The safeness of eating mashed potatoes for canines depends on the canine. For those who don’t know, the mashed potato dish is a popular, flavorful meal made out of mashing boiled potatoes. Sometimes, they include gravy. They’re quite tasty, so common sense might dictate that what’s good for you (in moderation) is also okay for your dog. However, once and for all, can dogs eat mashed potatoes? Maybe, maybe not. Ask your vet. Your dog might have a lactose intolerance, so if you’re going to feed them mashed potatoes that have milk in them, this might cause an allergic reaction that will send him straight to the vet. If that’s the case, then your dog is better off eating mashed potatoes without milk.
Other Than Lactose Intolerance, What Else Should You Watch Out For?
If your dog isn’t lactose intolerant, then you can add milk to the mash potatoes mix, but otherwise, keep that milk out since many dogs can’t digest lactose. A vet would know the symptoms of lactose intolerance, and they’re more than just farts and indigestion; an allergic reaction including a skin rash or breathing difficulties may also occur. Aside from that, the mash potatoes themselves should be fine for your dog to eat.
Mashed potatoes should not be fed to your dog in large quantities. Feed them in accordance to their size, not yours. Sometimes, the dog doesn’t know when to quit eating, so you should be the one to put your foot down and discipline them by letting them eat only a certain portion of food and that’s all. Don’t let them eat the mashed potatoes in large quantities because it could make them obese.
Mash potatoes have slightly contributed to the increase of (human) obesity in the United States because every serving of them contains sugar and carbs along with valuable nutrients, so they should be eaten moderately by you and by your dog so that you won’t both end up overweight and risk possible ailments related to obesity.