Let’s say that you are coming back from work and on your way back you pick up some hash browns from McDonald’s, and you are now home enjoying your meal while your dog comes from the other room and starts starring at you and now you both are wondering can dogs eat hash browns?
Before we start the article, let me wrap it all up as; I don’t recommend feeding your dog hash browns as the ingredients may cause adverse effects on the health of your dog; furthermore, McDonald’s ones are also not recommended. All the significant components of hash browns are against your dog’s health.
The core ingredient of hash browns is a potato so let’s start with the question;
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Can dogs even eat potatoes?
Before we talk about fried potatoes in oil with different spices, let’s answer a simple question, can dogs even eat potatoes? It would be best if you did not feed your dog raw potatoes as it contains solanine, which is toxic to some dogs. However, cooking the potato reduces the toxicity level of solanine
If you consider feeding your dog a potato, it will be baked or boiled with no other added ingredients. Potatoes fried in oil are not considered healthy for your dog.
Are potatoes dangerous for dogs?
S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), in their recent research, they suggest that the risk of DCM (canine dilated cardiomyopathy) increases in dogs that eat food that contains potatoes as their primary ingredients.
There is a disease of the heart muscle that causes slow heart pumping and could also increase the size of the heart of your dog (DCM). These changes in the dog’s heart could lead to consequences, and in some cases, these could be severe, including a heart attack. DCM is most commonly caused due to inherited genes, but now it is believed that the food could be a condition.
Can Dogs Eat Hash Browns? (Hash browns vs your dog’s stomach)
A general hash brown recipe is made by shredding potatoes, next the shredded potatoes are fried with onions that are covered with eggs or oil. In the end, salt and other seasoning are added.
As discussed earlier, the cooked potato itself is not that dangerous for your dog, however, the fried one could be.
Just imagine your dog eating an oily potato; I don’t think anyone would want that.
The next thing in the recipe is an onion, and it is known to be very toxic toward dogs. Whether it is cooked or not, it is harmful to your dog. According to the study, it will take 100 grams of onion (medium one) versus 20 kilograms of a dog to cause toxicity to the dog. This means if you have an even smaller dog, its stomach won’t stand a chance against a medium-sized onion.
The last thing is salt, which is also not suitable for dogs, and it is present in large amounts on hash browns. What happens if your dog eats a lot of salt? Your dog will start to feel a lot of thirst for water, and when you feed it a lot of water, it could lead to sodium ion poisoning.
Well, that was each primary ingredient of hash brown versus your dog’s stomach now. Let’s see it from a nutritious point of view.
From a nutritious point of view
A typical frozen 100 grams of hash brown contains 326 calories with 22 grams of fats while a McDonald’s hash brown has 262 calories with 16 grams of fats.
Here is a trick; the calorie intake for a dog can be obtained by multiplying its body weight with 70 and raised to a power of ¾.
Here is the calories consumption for different types of dogs:
- An average small dog weight between 5 to 9 kg, let’s take 7kg of an average dog’s weight, then we can find that a 7 kg of dog will consume around 300 calories in a day.
- For big dogs like French bulldog should not consume calories more than 600
- , for even bigger dogs like German shepherds should not consume more than 2000
calories. The point is that 100 grams of hash brown exceed your small dog’s daily intake, it makes 50 percent of your medium dog and up to 25 percent of your most active dog. So calories and all fats that are packed inside the hash brown are not suitable for your innocent dog.
How many calories in one food should I serve my dog? Well, to answer this question, let’s take the 90/10 rule, which states that dogs should only take meals having 10 percent of their total calories intake which means that giving 100 grams of hash browns to your do will surely consume more than ten percent of its consumption which is unhealthy.
A few mathematical calculations of the food calories concerning your dog’s weight could significantly improve its health and in other cases severely damage your dog’s health
McDonald’s Hash browns, Are they better than frozen ones or homemade ones?
Now you will think, as stated above, the McDonald’s hash browns have fewer calories and fats, so does that make them safer than the regular hash browns? The answer is no; they are still not safe for your dog in a large amount; they can cause problems like an ill stomach, which indeed you don’t want your dog to have.
Why do they cause different problems? Of course, if the Mac ones have a different taste, then they will have different ingredients too.
The following are McDonald’s Hash
1. What about frozen one
No, dogs should not also eat frozen hash browns. Although they may have fewer calories than McDonald’s hash brown, they are still not safe for your doggie; they will always have a lot of salts.
Furthermore, the frozen ones could be high in calories and could consume up to 50% of your dog’s daily calorie intake!
2. But my dog already ate it.
I gave my dog hash browns before, and now I am reading your article, is it too late? Should I worry?
There is nothing to worry about if you gave your dog a little taste of hash brown, but if you did give in a larger quantity and your dog shows these symptoms, you need to worry and contact your vet;
- Your dog starts becoming sick.
- Your dog starts to drink more water than usual.
- Your dog gets a seizure attack
- Your dog starts to urinate more than usual
- Your dog begins on acting weak and dizzy
Your dog starts demanding more food
3. What about homemade ones?
Let’s say you made your hash browns with all the fresh ingredients. You still can’t feed your dog that because the core ingredients will always be there, such as fried potatoes, onions, and of coarse salt.
4. Safest hash browns for your dog
You gave your dog a taste of little hash brown, and he likes it, and now you want to feed him these hash browns so here it is how you can make the safest for your dog, (although I still don’t recommend doing this and feeding your dog hash browns, I know I wouldn’t) Start by taking potatoes and shredding them, next make the shape of it like a hash brown and fry it without onions; I would recommend to cook it in an air fryer as it requires very little of the oil, which is a good thing for your dog.
If you don’t have an air fryer, fry your hash browns in very less oil and soak them later with a tissue paper to even further remove the oil. Last, add no or a minimal salt and then serve it to your dog while you eat the regular hash browns.
Still don’t help too much as potatoes could also be dangerous as described before.
Disclaimer: I am not a vet. The advice in this guide is all down to my own common-sense approach and research I have done online. Always consult with your own vet before feeding strange foods to your dog, or if they eat something they should not.
I would not personally recommend you to feed your dog hash browns. However, they are not piousness and can be given to your dog in small amounts as an occasional treat. Also, be sure you don’t leave your hash browns in the reach of your dog, or it will eat them if it likes them.
When you decide to give your dog hash browns, be sure that they do not consume most of the calorie intake of your dog, other healthy nutrients should also reach your dog’s stomach in a day rather than only one meal filling up space.