2023 Update: The #1 Mistake Dog Owners Make with Cassava

an image of dog and cassava, cooked cassava, raw cassava, cassava leaf

Did you know that cassava is a common staple in many parts of the world and is even sometimes fed to dogs?

But can dogs actually eat cassava and is it safe for them to do so?

In this blog post, I will delve into the potential benefits and risks of feeding yuca to your furry friend.

Keep reading to learn more and make an informed decision about whether or not to include yuca in your dog’s diet.

Can Dogs Eat Raw Cassava?

Raw cassava contains cyanogenic glycosides which are toxic if ingested in large quantities. Therefore raw cassava should be avoided at any cost for your furry friend.

What Is Cassava and Where It Came From?

It is also known by a variety of other names, including kamoteng kahoy, maniac, and yuca.

It is a staple food in many tropical countries and is an important source of carbohydrates for millions of people around the world.

Nutritional content

Nutritional Value

It is a good source of carbohydrates and contains small amounts of protein, fiber, and various vitamins and minerals.

  • Compared to other starchy vegetables such as potatoes and sweet potatoes, yuca has a similar carbohydrate content but is lower in protein and fiber.
  • Potatoes and sweet potatoes are also higher in various vitamins and minerals, such as potassium, vitamin C, and beta-carotene.
  • Sweet potatoes contain more antioxidants and have a lower glycemic index.

How to Make Cassava Safe for Dogs to Eat?

  1. First, peel the yuca and remove any tough or fibrous bits.
  2. Next, rinse the yuca thoroughly under running water to remove any dirt or debris.
  3. After rinsing, slice the yuca into small, bite-sized pieces.
  4. Place the yuca in a pot of boiling water and let it cook for about 10-15 minutes, or until it is soft and easily mashed.
  5. Once the yuca is cooked, remove it from the water and let it cool completely.
  6. Once it has cooled, mash the yuca into a soft, easily digestible consistency.
  7. Finally, mix the mashed yuca into your furry friend’s regular food, making sure to provide only a small amount at first to see how he reacts.

Read also: Wondering if Dogs Can Eat Spaghetti Squash? We’ve got the answer

What Happens If My Dog Eats Too Much Cassava?

It can be difficult to digest if they eat too much of it. Symptoms such as

  • vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal pain are possible if the furr eats too much.
  • Eating too much yuca can also lead to liver damage in pups.
  • It contains high levels of cyanide, which can be toxic to animals if eaten in large quantities.

When Is Cassava Toxic to Dogs?

Yuca is toxic when it is eaten in large quantities or if it is consumed raw.

Raw yuca contains cyanogenic glycosides, which can release cyanide when ingested. This can be dangerous for pups and can cause cyanide poisoning, which can be life-threatening.

How Do You Remove Cyanide from Cassava?

There are several methods, including fermentation and cooking.

The most common method is to allow the yuca to ferment for several days or weeks before consuming it. This process helps to break down the cyanogenic glycosides and reduces the amount of cyanide that is present in the yuca.

Cooking it at high temperatures, such as boiling or roasting, can also help to break down the cyanogenic glycosides and reduce the amount of cyanide.

It is important to note that while these methods can help to reduce the amount of cyanide in yuca, they may not completely eliminate it. It is always best to consume in moderation and to avoid eating it raw.

How to Recognize and Treat Cyanide Poisoning in Dogs

If you suspect your k9 has been poisoned by cyanide, it is important to seek immediate veterinary treatment.

Signs of cyanide poisoning in canines include salivation, rapid breathing, vomiting, diarrhea, loss of appetite, nausea, and convulsions.

Your vet will likely administer an antidote such as sodium nitrite or sodium thiosulfate intravenously over three to five minutes. If your pet does ingest these items, the best treatment option is to bring him in for IV fluids, induce vomiting, and administer the necessary medications.

Alternatives to Cassava for Dogs

How Cassava Flour Compares to Other Flours for K9s

Cassava flour is a great alternative to other flour for dogs, as it is a light flour with a slightly nutty flavor and is high in starchy carbs. It is also gluten-free and grain-free, making it ideal for those with digestive difficulties.

How Much Kamoteng Kahoy Should Be Fed to Dogs

It is safe for dogs to eat cassava (kamoteng kahoy) however, it should only be given in moderation. As it is a carbohydrate-rich snack, too much consumption of it can cause your furry friend’s stomach to become upset.

How to Introduce Cassava to a K9’s Diet

When introducing, it is important to start with small amounts to ensure that your pet can tolerate it well. It can be added to their regular food or served as a side dish.

You should also monitor your pet for any digestive upset or changes in behavior. Adding other vegetables like carrots or sweet potatoes can help balance out the nutritional content of the diet. With proper introduction, adding this root vegetable to your pet’s diet can be beneficial for their overall health and wellness.

Can Dogs Have Cassava Chips?

A image of a bowl filled with golden brown cassava chips, they look crispy and freshly made, they are sprinkled with salt on top and there is a small cup of dipping sauce on the side

Yes, dogs can have cassava chips in moderation. Chips are a carbohydrate-rich snack that should not be given to fidos in high quantities.

Can Dogs Eat Yucca Fries?

An image of a plate filled with golden and crispy yucca fries, they are arranged neatly on a white plate. There is a small bowl of dipping sauce on the side and a sprinkle of parsley on top as garnish

It is not recommended. It is deep-fried in oil which is unhealthy for your furry friend. Also, many yucca fries are also seasoned with spices that may not be safe for K9s to eat.

Can Dogs Eat Cassava Bread?

An image of a freshly baked loaf of cassava bread, it has a golden crust and a fluffy inside. The bread is sliced and served on a wooden cutting board and there is butter or jam on top of it

Yes, dogs can eat cassava bread in moderation. It provides a great source of dietary fiber, but it should not be the primary source of nutrition for your pup. Moderation is key, as too much of it can lead to digestive problems.

Can Dogs Eat Cassava Cake?

A traditional cassava cake, with a golden brown crust and a soft, fluffy interior. Toppings such as grated coconut or cheese can be seen on top of the cake

No, dogs should not eat cassava cake as it contains cyanide glycosides that are toxic, also high amounts of sugar can be harmful to your pup.

Can Dogs Eat Boiled Yuca?

No, dogs should not eat boiled yucca as it is toxic and can cause digestive problems. However, cooked yucca root can be fed to fidos in moderation and may offer some health benefits. If a dog has eaten a small amount of cooked yucca fries, it may result in digestive upset but is unlikely to be toxic.

Can Dogs Eat Cassava Pasta?

A plate of creamy cassava pasta with cherry tomatoes, fresh basil leaves and grated parmesan cheese. The pasta is cooked to perfection and served in a white ceramic dish

Yes, dogs can eat cassava pasta in moderation. It is safe to feed K9s cooked pasta, however, inappropriate preparation can be toxic.

Is Cassava Infammatory Food?

Yes, cassava is an anti-inflammatory food due to its highly resistant starch content which can reduce inflammation and benefit the digestive system.

Final thought

As a pet nutritionist, I have concluded that cassava can be safely consumed by dogs in moderation as a treat. However, it should not be a significant part of their diet as it lacks the necessary nutrients that dogs need to thrive. Thank you for reading.


  • Deepmala Khatik

    Hello there, I'm Deepmala Khatik! I'm a proud dog lover and a dedicated pet nutritionist, with a passion for providing the best possible nutrition for our furry friends. My own furry friend, Jasper, is a beautiful German Shepherd dog is a constant source of inspiration for me. Through my blog, I hope to share my knowledge and experience with other pet owners, and help them provide the best possible nutrition for their furry friends. In addition to my work in pet nutrition, I enjoy traveling and exploring new places with my family. I'm also a foodie at heart, and I love experimenting with new recipes, both for my family and for my furry friends. My goal is to provide valuable, science-backed information on pet nutrition through my blog. I believe that every pet owner should have access to the information they need to provide their dogs with the best possible nutrition. I'm dedicated to continuing to learn and update my knowledge to ensure that I'm providing the most up-to-date information for my readers.

Leave a Comment