Can Dogs Eat Mashed Potatoes and Gravy? (The Risks!)

No, dogs cannot eat mashed potatoes and gravy.

However, mashed potatoes alone are healthy for your dog without the extra additives like gravy or other seasonings that may not be dog-friendly.

Potatoes are rich in vitamin C, vitamin B6, iron, and magnesium.

However, the only downside of potatoes is that they are also full of starch and sugar.

Starch makes your dog susceptible to weight gain and diabetes, while sugar can result in tooth decay. To avoid these side effects, make sure you feed your pup a healthy serving of mashed potatoes without any additives like gravy or seasonings.

In addition to the nutritional benefits of mashed potatoes alone, you can also consider serving your dog baked potatoes. With less starch and sugar than regular mashed potatoes, these make for a healthier alternative with the same tasty flavor dogs love.

Additionally, because they have more air space than their fried counterpart, baked potatoes are easier to digest. Thus, even if you choose to serve your dog with mashed potatoes instead of baked, you won’t have to worry about digestive troubles.

However, as always, moderation is key. Too much potato in your pup’s diet can cause stomach upsets and diarrhea. To avoid this problem, feed your pet only a few spoonfuls of the vegetable at a time.

What’s wrong my dog eating mashed potatoes and gravy?

You see, gravy is high in sodium, and one teaspoon of gravy contains more sodium than a dog should have in a day, so it’s not healthy for your dog to eat food with gravy seasoning.

However, your dog can enjoy mashed potatoes alone as long as he eats them in moderate quantities.

What seasoning can I add instead of gravy?

You could also add vegetables to the mash, like chopped carrots, celery, shredded zucchini, or broccoli. You can even add in a bit of browned ground beef that’s been seasoned with salt and pepper for a healthy meal. Consider making homemade beef and vegetable soup for your pet instead of using canned foods that are high in sodium.

Can a dog eat instant mashed potatoes?

Cooked potatoes in an instant form are ideal for your dog because they come with gravy already mixed into them. Therefore, you don’t have to worry about adding extra salt or sugar during preparation.

Additionally, instant potato flakes, as well as regular mashed and baked potatoes, can be found at most grocery stores. Smoothies containing bananas may also be a healthy alternative to potato mash for your furry friend.

In addition, you can consider pairing the meal with other dog-friendly foods like chicken and whole grains like brown rice or barley.

However, even if these ingredients are wholesome when eaten on their own, they may not be as safe when mixed with dog food. Therefore, consider these suggestions as to alternative meals instead of a regular diet for your dog.

Can my dog eat KFC mashed potato?

I haven’t tried KFC mashed potatoes personally, so can’t say much about them. However, try asking your vet about this, or if you are sure of what ingredients are used in KFC mashed potatoes, then have a look at their ingredients list.

If it contains gravy or anything spicy that your dog is not supposed to be eating, stay away.

What happens if my dog eats mashed potatoes?

If your dog is experiencing diarrhea, vomiting, or stomach pain after he eats mashed potatoes, take him to the vet. The doctor will run a series of tests and prescribe medications for your pet as needed.

Can dogs have mashed potatoes with salt and pepper?

If salt and pepper are too much for a child to handle, your dog should not be eating that order of mashed potatoes with salt and pepper.

While a mild amount of salt and pepper is considered safe for your dog, an excessive amount may cause sodium toxicity.

However, if you want to use salt and pepper on the meal, do it after it has been prepared or cook with spices like rosemary instead.

What are healthy mashed potatoes alternatives?

If you don’t mind sacrificing the taste, you can try these healthy alternatives instead:

  • Potato ( Baked )
  • Sweet Potato
  • Carrot Muffins or Mashed Carrots
  • Zucchini Muffins or Mashed Zucchini
  • Squash


Dogs can eat mashed potatoes and gravy but in moderation. Too much could lead to stomach upsets or diarrhea, so feed your dog a few spoonfuls of the vegetable at a time.

If you want to offer your pet an alternative meal instead of mashed potatoes every day, consider pairing it with other dog-friendly foods like chicken and whole grains like brown rice or barley.

To avoid sodium toxicity from too much salt (or sugar) during preparation, cook with spices like rosemary rather than using salt or pepper on the dish before serving.