Can Dogs Eat Raw Potato Skins?
Once again, one raw potato skin is not going to hurt your dog. However, raw potatoes contain solanine, which is a poison. Potato skins do not contain very much, so your dog will likely be fine unless they are minimal and eat a lot. This is the same poison that is found in Nightshade plants, which potatoes are related to.
The solanine is only found in the green parts of the plant. If a potato skin has some green on the underside, it likely contains higher concentrations of solanine. Of course, since potatoes overall don’t contain much solanine, even the green parts aren’t going to contain that much.
While you do not need to rush your dog to the vet over potential solanine poisoning if they eat a bit of raw potato, you should likely cook any potato skins you’re planning on feeding your puppy.
While potato skins are not harmful by themselves, they may be seasoned with ingredients that are not good for our canines. For example, you need to be careful with things like onions and garlic, as both can be poisonous to dogs.
You should also watch salt, especially if your dog is smaller. What is a little bit of salt for us can be a lot of salt for small dogs. This can throw off their sodium intake and can cause health problems in the long-term.
Diagnosis of Potato (Green) Poisoning in Dogs
Your veterinarian will need to know what your dog ate, how much, and how long ago it happened. You should also let the veterinarian know what symptoms you have seen, your dog’s medical history, and any illnesses or injuries. A comprehensive physical examination will be done, which will include temperature, weight, height, pulse, reflexes, blood pressure and breathing rate.
They will also need to complete some tests, such as complete blood count, chemical panel, blood gas, glucose level, urinalysis, kidney and liver function tests, and a chest x-ray. In addition, an electrocardiogram (ECG) may be done to monitor your dog’s heart rate if needed.
How much raw potato is poisonous?
It is possible that more than one teaspoon can kill. Ordinary potatoes, if consumed at the wrong time, can be dangerous. The leaves, stem, and sprouts of a potato contain glycoalkaloids, a poison found in flowering plants called nightshades, of which a potato is one.
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It’s best to make sure a potato is completely peeled before you feed it to your pet. Potato skins contain oxalates, which can be extremely dangerous for dogs. A dog who has eaten potato skins may experience loose stools, vomiting, depression, fatigue, tremors, seizures, and heart arrhythmia.