Is potato salad safe for dogs?
Yes and No, you can serve potato salad to your dog but it is not recommended by most veterinarians. If you decide to serve potato salad to your dog, you need to take some precautions. Potato salad or any other derivatives of potato are not an ideal food for your dog, in addition, there are some additional ingredients that can be toxic to dogs. Therefore, you need to pay attention to what is included and what is not.
What are the ingredients of potato salad?
Potato salad is a side dish that is served with the main course meal. It is believed that potato salad has its origin in Germany, Europe and was later widely used by Asians. It is prepared with different ingredients depending upon the taste and preferences. But the most common type includes boiled skinless potatoes mixed with mustard, salt, mayo, pepper, herbs, and some other seasonings. Some people also like to include bacon, boiled eggs, and hard potatoes. Usually, it’s served at room temperature or cold.
Why is potato salad harmful to dogs to eat?
The ingredients used to make potato salad are harmful to dogs. Sometimes people put onions and garlic in their potato salad. And these ingredients are extremely toxic to be consumed by your dog. Even a small amount of these ingredients can cause serious trouble for your dog. In addition, mayo is not good for dogs, dogs can eat mayo but not on a regular basis because it contains high fats that can make your dog overweight and later can become the reason for various health issues. Potato salad also contains spice and other seasonings that are toxic for dogs to eat.
If you choose to keep the raw potato in the salad, it contains solanine which is not good for dogs, boiling and removing the peel can reduce the toxicity but still it holds a good amount of carbs which can make it overweight if fed on a regular basis.
Can dogs eat leftover potato salad?
No, you should not feed leftover salad to your dog as it is made for humans, and ingredients that are safe for us to eat are not always safe for dogs. As mentioned above, a potato salad that is made for humans includes ingredients that are toxic for dogs, and hence a dog should stay away from it. If you want to serve potato salad to your dog, make sure that you make it separately for your dog and make sure to follow the required precautions.
What precautions can I take while preparing potato salad for my dog?
Ideally, they should not eat potato salad. But if you choose to serve it, make sure that you do not feed it regularly. You should take proper precautions while preparing potato salad for your dog.
Make sure that you exclude all the toxic ingredients like onions and garlic etc, add safer-to-eat vegetables like broccoli, carrots, green peas to it, boil the potato well and remove the peel before adding it to the salad, try to keep it less salty.
What health issues can my dog face after eating potato salad?
If it ate any toxic ingredients, it will start to show symptoms like vomiting, diarrhea, drooling, weakness, not being able to walk properly, slowed respiration and slow breathing, dehydration. If your dog accidentally ate this salad and started to show any of these symptoms, take it to its regular vet immediately.
If you feed potato salad for a long period of time it can cause major health issues such as depression, heart-related diseases, digestion issues, obesity, kidney damage, and respiratory issues.
Therefore, even if you follow precautions, it is not worth the risk. If you really want to feed salad to your dog, try other types like egg salad, a vegetable salad that is non-toxic and can prove to be very nutritious and healthy for your dog.