Dogs and Poi: Is it Safe to Feed Your Pooch the Hawaiian Superfood?


As dog owners, it’s natural to want our furry friends to enjoy the same foods that we do. However, not all human food is safe for dogs to consume. One such food item that has recently caught the attention of pet owners is poi. In this blog post, we’ll explore whether or not dogs can eat poi.

What is poi?

Poi is a traditional Hawaiian dish made from taro root. The root vegetable is boiled and mashed into a paste-like consistency and then fermented for several days. Poi has been a staple in Hawaiian cuisine for centuries and remains an important cultural symbol today.

Is poi safe for dogs?

While taro root itself isn’t toxic to dogs, the fermentation process used to make poi could be harmful. Fermentation can increase bacteria levels in food, which could lead to an upset stomach or even more serious health issues like salmonella poisoning.

Additionally, many commercially available poisons contain added sugars and preservatives that are unhealthy for dogs. These additives can cause weight gain and other health problems if consumed regularly.

What should I feed my dog instead?

Instead of sharing your poi with your pup, consider offering them some plain cooked taro root as a treat instead – without any seasoning or added ingredients! Taro root contains vitamins B6 & C along with fiber which makes it great especially if your dog needs assistance in regulating their digestive system!

Alternatively there are several fruits such as banana’s (in moderation) alongside other vegetables such as sweet potato which are tasty snacks for both you and your furry friend!

In conclusion – while it might be tempting to share your delicious bowl of poi with Fido – it’s safer (and healthier) just enjoying separately!