I was excited to find your page about making dog treats, then dismayed. One of the ingredients listed as "safe" for dogs was potatoes. As I understand, potatoes are ***HIGHLY*** toxic to dogs. They contain a chemical that will kill them. Is there a difference between potato flakes and real potatoes? Would this, then, be a safe ingredient? My dogs get treats on a daily basis, and, although I don't always give them the healthiest foods (sugar, salt, etc), I don't want to poison them either.
I'd really love to be able to use some of your recipes, but I just need to know if they're safe. Thanks.
Chef's Answer ~ Thank you for contacting me regarding your concerns. The plant that potatoes grow on (leafs, stem, etc.) is poisonous, but a reasonable amount of the potato is safe. If you would like to err on the side of caution, by all means omit potatoes from your homemade dog treats. If you find a recipe on my site that you'd love to make, and it contains potatoes, let me know and I'll help you with a substitution.
Your other question was about potato flakes. The difference between plain potato flakes and potatoes is that the flakes have been dried/preserved. So, for your concerns, they are the same. But again, the wonderful thing about making your own homemade dog treats is that you can customize the recipe just for your dog. :)