Are French Fries Bad for Dogs?

Among the pleasures of being a pet parent is treating your dogs. If given a chance, dogs will definitely eat French fries. However, this food choice is bad for your pet. It’s your responsibility to make sure they’re healthy and make the best eating choices.

Can I Feed My Dog French Fries?

Here’s a video answering “Can dogs eat french fries?” It explains why french fries are bad for your pet, listing several reasons. One of the other highlighted points in the video is how french fries are said to be also bad for humans and how that also is true for your dogs.


Why Are French Fries Bad For Dogs?

According to experts, giving your dog human foods like french fries, especially in large quantities, can cause acute gastroenteritis, which includes symptoms including vomiting and diarrhea.

They’re not poisonous but high in harmful fats, carbs, and salt. They also have no nutritional value compared to the potato they originally came from.

In the worst-case situation, eating these foods can cause pancreatitis, an inflammation of the pancreas, a digestive gland near the stomach, and small intestine. The most common clinical indicator is vomiting, typically accompanied by a loss of appetite and abdominal pain.


What Must I Do If My Dog Eats French Fries?

The first thing you should do is ensure your dog gets enough water. They’ll be thirsty from all the salt, and you don’t want them to become dehydrated. After that, you have to keep an eye on them. If their health worsens, contact your veterinarian right once.

Next, determine the magnitude of the issue by taking into account the following factors:

  1. Your dog’s size and general health. (larger and healthier dogs won’t be affected as much as smaller or diseased dogs)
  2. How many French fries did your dog consume? (a smaller quantity is less likely to have severe effects)
  3. The components for French fries. (additional things like condiments, preservatives, seasoning, or spices could have extra health repercussions)

What Should I Watch Out For?

If your dog has any problems, they’ll be minor, with an upset tummy and diarrhea being the most common causes. However, if they ate a lot, they may regurgitate them and will most likely want to eat them again, so clean up the mess quickly.

A few indications, though, indicate a far more significant reaction. Keep an eye out for the following:

  • Allergic reactions like hives, swelling, and trouble breathing could lead to anaphylactic shock
  • Confusion, convulsions, fever, drunken-like behavior, and coma due to salt poisoning (especially in smaller dogs)
  • Bloating in larger dogs plus excessive drooling, a distended stomach, panting, pacing, symptoms of pain, and dry heaving
  • Abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, tiredness, diarrhea, and a loss of appetite.

If your dog adopts a “prayer position,” where their buttocks are raised in the air, and their legs and head are down to the ground, you should be concerned.

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