Can Dogs Eat French Fries?

Yes, dogs can eat french fries, but don’t make a habit of it. These tasty treats are best as an occasional snack.


Potatoes are safe for dogs, but a fried potato, like French fries, isn’t a great choice for your dog. The oil that french fries are fried in is high in fat, which could be problematic for dogs with sensitive stomachs or who are prone to pancreatitis.

Fries are also usually doused in salt, another potentially problematic ingredient. While a little salt is OK for dogs, a lot of salt can lead to severe dehydration and sodium poisoning.

As with all things, moderation is key! Sharing a fry or two with your dog once in a while should not be a problem, but don’t make fries a large part of your dog’s diet. We also recommend brushing off the salt before serving to your dog, especially for smaller dogs.

Can Dogs Eat Sweet Potato Fries?

Sweet potato fries come with the same rules as “regular” fries. Sweet potatoes are a safe food for dogs to eat but frying them increases the fat content.

Sweet potato fries are also often salted or may be coated in brown sugar. Neither of these are great for your dog in large amounts. Just like with french fries, brush off the salt or sugar when sharing sweet potato fries with your dog.

Dehydrated sweet potato chews are a popular treat with many dogs. You can find these products at your local pet supply stores or online. They are not a long-lasting chew option, but a nice healthy snack that provides some extra entertainment.

For training treats, choose a low-calorie soft treat. Baked chicken – not fried and without seasonings – is a good choice for those special “jackpot!” treat situations.

Otherwise, of course, dog food should be your pup’s normal fare – no matter how much he

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Kate Basedow, LVT is a long-time dog enthusiast. She grew up training and showing dogs, and is active in a variety of dog sports. She earned her Bachelors Degree in English from Cornell University in 2013, and became a licensed veterinary technician in New York in 2017. She has been writing professionally about dogs for most of her life, and has earned multiple awards from the Dog Writers' Association of America. Kate currently has three dogs at home, as well as a cat, two zebra finches, and six ducks.