French fries are not toxic in small quantities, so dog owners who are wondering whether their pets can eat them should know that. This well-liked human snack is still a high-fat junk food, so it's not a good idea to give it to your pet, even as a rare treat.
There is probably no toxic reaction if your dog ate a couple of french fries off your plate. However, your dog's health cannot be improved by feeding him human food, and overfeeding him could have negative health effects. Because they contain a lot of salt, fat, and carbohydrates, french fries can make dogs gain weight.
Fries from restaurants or fast food chains can be dangerous for dogs due to their incredibly high salt content. Furthermore, seasonings like garlic powder or onion powder that are harmful to dogs are frequently found in fries served at restaurants.
Give your dog a different human food (such as blueberries, lentils, or vegetables) to enjoy as a healthy treat rather than a french fry from the table. Dog treats are a healthy alternative to support the particular needs of your dog. Keep in mind that a few portions of special dog food should provide the majority of your dog's calories.
Five Risks of Giving Your Dog French Fries
The following are a few health risks connected to giving your dog french fries:
1. Allergic reactions: Some dogs may experience allergic reactions to either freshly cooked or fried potatoes. (However, when cooked properly, sweet potatoes are safe to feed to your dog.) In case your dog accidentally eats some potatoes, keep an eye out for signs of an allergic reaction (like hives or swelling).
2. Complications related to salt content: Although your dog would need to consume a lot of French fries to experience salt poisoning, which can be fatal, there is a chance that it will occur in small dog breeds. Dehydration, thirst, high blood pressure, and more frequent urination may result from even a slight increase in your dog's regular salt intake. Additionally, unhealthy salt and sugar are added by condiments like ketchup, which are bad for your dog.
3. Inflammatory reactions: Canola or vegetable oil, which is used to cook french fries, contains unhealthy saturated and trans fats that can upset a dog's stomach. These unhealthy fats have the potential to cause canine bloat, which can be fatal, and pancreatitis in dogs when consumed over an extended period of time.
4. Gastric distress: Fried foods high in carbohydrates have a similar impact on a dog's digestive system as they do on a human, causing gastrointestinal distress.
5. Weight gain: Frequent consumption of high-fat, high-carb foods, such as french fries, can cause your dog to put on weight. Serve your dog veterinarian-recommended dog food that satisfies all of their nutritional needs to help them maintain their ideal weight.
How to Handle a Dog Who Eats French Fries
Most likely, your dog won't experience any problems if they consume a few french fries. However, you'll want to take some safety precautions if your dog friend eats your entire order of large fast-food fries.
1. Provide water for your dog. If your dog eats too many fries, make sure they have access to plenty of water. They'll be thirsty from the excess salt, and the water will keep them from becoming dehydrated.
2. Keep an eye out for stomach pain. Overconsumption of canine fries is most likely to result in upset stomach, diarrhea, or vomiting. The more serious potential health issue to watch out for in dogs is canine bloat, which can cause abdominal pain and swelling as well as dry heaving, excessive drooling, rapid breathing, anxious pacing, and dry heaving.
3. Keep an eye out for salt poisoning symptoms. Extreme thirst and frequent urination in dogs are the most typical symptoms of salt poisoning. However, your dog could also experience weakness, nausea, tongue swelling, convulsions or spasms, or difficulty walking. Immediately get in touch with a veterinarian if you notice any of these symptoms.
4. Keep an eye out for allergic reaction symptoms. Breathing problems, hives, rashes, and excessive scratching are all signs of potato allergies.
5. Make a call to your vet. Call your veterinarian as soon as your dog exhibits any of the health issues listed above for advice.