Can Dogs Eat Russet Potatoes?

Question: Can dogs eat russet potatoes?

Answer: Russet potatoes are not safe for dogs to eat. Although russet potatoes are not poisonous to dogs, several studies have alerted about a risk of canine dilated cardiomyopathy (CDM) in dogs that eat pet foods containing peas, lentils, other legume seeds, or potatoes as main ingredients.

This guide covers everything that you need to know about feeding russet potatoes to dogs. I am also going to explain all the potential risks of including legumes in your dog’s diet.

So without much being said, let’s get started.

Are Russet Potatoes Safe For Dogs?

A russet potato is basically a large type of potato that has a dark brown skin and few eyes. They have a white, dry and mealy flesh that makes them suitable for baking, mashing and making French fries.

can dogs eat russet potatoes

Russet potatoes are not poisonous for dogs but many experts do not recommend the legume in a good canine diet. The FDA announced in July of 2018 had begun investigating reports of canine dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) in dogs eating certain pet foods, many labeled as “grain-free,” which contained a high proportion of peas, lentils, other legume seeds, and/or potatoes in various forms (whole, flour, protein, etc.) as main ingredients.

Many of the case reports from the investigation included breeds of dogs not previously known to have a genetic predisposition to the disease.

UC Davis School Of Medicine reported on this investigation and stated that:

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently issued an alert about reports of canine dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) in dogs eating certain pet foods containing peas, lentils, other legume seeds, or potatoes as main ingredients…..Dr. Josh Stern, a veterinary cardiologist and geneticist at UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, began seeing an alarming trend in cases at the veterinary hospital two years ago. Golden retrievers were being diagnosed more frequently with DCM—a disease not commonly associated with this breed. This diagnosis of DCM was coupled with another finding that many of the dogs were eating the same grain-free diet and had blood tests confirming low taurine levels. 

UC Davis School of Medicine

The FDA is continuing to investigate on the effects of a grain-free diet to dogs but for now it might be a good idea to avoid feeding your dog any pet food that has legumes like potatoes as the main ingredients.

Can Dogs Eat Raw Russet Potatoes?

Russet potatoes and any other type contain more solanine in their raw form so many experts encourage pet owners to feed raw potatoes to their dogs. When ingested by dogs, solanine rarely results in toxicity but you can observe signs like severe gastrointestinal distress (e.g., vomiting, diarrhea), lethargy, weakness, and even confusion when your dog ingests a large amount of solanine.

However, cooking potatoes has been proven to reduce the solanine levels of the legume.

Can Dogs Eat Cooked Russet Potatoes?

As mentioned earlier, russet potatoes are not poisonous or toxic to dogs but they are simply encouraged by experts due to studies that have been suggesting that dogs eating pet foods with legumes like potatoes as the main ingredients are more susceptible to canine dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM).

However, dogs can occasionally eat a small amount of cooked russet potatoes without experiencing any signs of DCM. If you decide to feed your dog some russet potatoes they should be baked or boiled without adding any seasoning or ingredients that are toxic to canines.

Ingredients like salt, garlic, onion and butter are toxic to dogs and they should be completely avoided. The same applies to russet potatoes that have been fried in oil. Feeding your dog some french fries and potato chips can cause some serious health problems for your dog.

However, it is also not encouraged to feed cooked russet potatoes to dogs that have diabetes since potatoes can raise the blood sugar levels of your dog.

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