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No, dogs cannot eat hash browns. Hash browns contain seasoning and ingredients that can be dangerous for dogs. Moreover, they are prepared in a way that increases their fat content and may not be a good idea for your dog’s health. While small quantities may be harmless, pet owners should still be careful.

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Caution: This food is generally considered risky by the veterinary community. Dogs should not eat this food and should be monitored for adverse effects.

Food Safety Not safe, but not harmful in small quantities
Nutritional Issues High sodium and greasy fats
Safe Amount 10-20 grams  per day for a 10lb dog
Poisoning Symptoms Vomiting, diarrhea, loss of consciousness
Every dog is different. For specific feeding guidelines, including quantities and beneficial foods that are best for your dog, please consult your vet.

Common Hash Brown Ingredients

  • Potatoes – These are not exactly harmful to dogs, but hash browns require mixing it with other ingredients like egg and flour and then deep-fried in oil.
  • Frying oil – Hash browns are deep-fried in vegetable oil, and dogs have problems digesting them. If consumed in large quantities, hash browns can potentially lead to long-term issues like pancreatitis and short-term gut problems for your dog.
  • Seasonings – There are tons of seasonings in hash browns that are harmful to dogs, including garlic powder and salt. Even 50g of hash browns is too much for dogs and can lead to salt poisoning.
  • Onion – This is a primary ingredient in hash browns and is quite toxic for dogs, leading to fainting, lethargy, vomiting, and weakness.

How Many Hash Browns Are Harmful to Dogs?

50g of hash browns can be dangerous for any sized dog. For small ones, it will lead to salt poisoning. Therefore, the recommended amount is under 20g of hash browns. Hash browns should only be given to dogs as an occasional treat and in a limited amount.

Signs Your Dog Ate Too Many Hash Browns

Depending on the number of hash browns your dog has eaten, there are some symptoms to look out for to see whether your dog has eaten too many hash browns:

  • Lethargy
  • Vomiting, diarrhea
  • Excessive thirst
  • Lack of appetite

Actions to Take If Your Dog Ate Too Many Hash Browns

If you have discovered that your dog has eaten too many hash browns, give your dog access to plentiful water. If you notice vomiting, excessive lethargy, and diarrhea, you should contact the vet immediately, as these are signs of salt toxicity.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • No, dogs cannot eat hash browns from fast-food restaurants since they are fried in oil, which causes digestive issues for dogs. They also contain tons of seasoning and salt that are not recommended for dogs.

  • While dogs can eat baked hash browns, as they are safer than the deep-fried ones, due to the ingredients and seasoning, it is still recommended to give these in moderation. Baked hash browns can still pose a threat to your dog’s health.

About the Writer
Dan Greco , Dog Dad

Having been a dog dad for 5 years, I know how hard it is to make sure your dog gets the right nutrients and stays away from hazardous foods. With the help of a veterinarian who specializes in nutrition, I created this blog to help dog owners quickly access food information they need.

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About the Contributor
Dr. Hillary Wolfe , Veterinarian & Certified Food Therapist

Dr. Wolfe holds a doctorate in veterinary medicine from Kansas State University and holds nutrition certifications from the NAVC and CIVT. Her business, Tula Veterinary Nutrition, hosts online courses that teach owners how to cook for their pet for optimal health and longevity. Follow her on Instagram at @doctorwolfe.dvm for dog nutrition tips, recipes and insights.