Posted : 5/30/2015 8:17:17 AM
to explain - it is the skin area that is *green* that is toxic in white potato -- it can be really hard to tell under the fluorescent lights at a store but for BOTH humans and dogs that greenish cast to white potato skin *is* toxic. Honestly just don't buy them if they are at all green (you almost can't peel deeply enough -- truly just don't buy them if they are like that). I use white potato in my home-cooked dog food quite often and I never peel them. However there are better sources of potassium
sweet potato is actually the highest on the list. In fact I use it as the base of my cooked dog food. Just hack the sweet potatoes into chunks, cover with water and keep at a low boil until tender. Then just use a potato masher to further break down. If you just break the pieces of skin down it is fine for them and gives them good bulk to keep their poops normal.
Tomato sauces -- pureed tomato -- is a really good source of potatassium You will occasionally read things about tomato being toxic -- it's not the red tomato itself (which is the "fruit" of the vine) that is toxic. It is ALL the green plant matter. Tomato is a nightshade so you just don't want them eating part of the vine or the green leaves.
Beet greens (the tops of the beet root) are also high in potassium. Again you just chop them up and boil til tender.
Another is green beans and DOGS LOVE THEM. The easiest is to use no-salt canned green beans. I dunno why dogs love those so much but they do. (most dogs think they are yummy as treats -- weird but true). But if you decide to add them to a topper I usually use the "French cut" ones from the freezer section -- after cooked I mash them with my trusty potato masher.
Yogurt is also high in potassium. Just make sure it doesn't have artificial sweeteners in it (yes fruity yogurt is fine -- altho dogs tend to love plain yogurt as well -- but I stick with the greek yogurt which is less sugary sweet and more just fruit added)
You can use a food processor if you like but I cook all my veggies first. If you don't cook them at all you have to totally break down the cellulose (which is what makes veggies crisp) -- so don't cook them like YOU would want them -- they can't be crisp or they can't digest them.
And btw .. I never throw away the water I cook stuff in. There are vitamins in there. Also just FYI -- don't your dog ONLY the same veg time after time.
This URL gives you a decent slideshow of various high potassium foods:
COMMON SENSE ALERT: Too much of anything is TOO much. That list contains stuff like "carrot juice" -- it's too concentrated and will throw your whole mineral balance off -- so a little would be great but don't add tons of carrots to the diet (it has a sucky calcium/phosphorous ratio).
Another thing that article lists is prunes. Now I'll tell ya -- my dogs LOVE prunes. They're great fiber. My pug is on an herbal blend for petit mal seizures and it *constipates* her -- and her favorite treat is the 2 prunes she gets every evening. (They're yummy sweet, Mom!) - but even at 19 pounds two is her limit! My other two (at 30 pounds) LOVE them, but they only get 1/2 to 1 prune a day -- because yep, prunes do the same thing for dogs as for humans. Along with the fiber there is a mild laxative effect so a little is good, a lot if not. (Again that article is saying prune juice -- you're better off with the prunes themselves -- just cut one in pieces -
Whitefish (sometimes called whiting) is also great. I often use whitefish as part of the protein in my cooked dogfood.
Hard squash (acorn squash, butternut squash, spaghetti squash) -- NO SEEDS. But again just cut them up, boil and you don't have to peel. Great potassium, great anti-oxidants.
Bananas -- and yes dogs love them. You might want to get some banana chips and use as treats. They love them, crunch good *smile* and you've got good potassium there.
They list citrus on that list but surprisingly that tends to be one of the things dogs aren't crazy for (at least in my experience). But again if you use it NO seeds.
So honestly I'm saying don't try to supplement potassium with just one food all the time. Mix them up