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My dog loves raw potatoes!

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by arabianequine, Nov 14, 2010.

  1. arabianequine

    arabianequine Crowing

    Apr 4, 2010
    I think I heard they are poisonous to dogs but she loves them. She steals them and manages to get a few peelings off the floor when we peel potatoes. She will stand right there hawking for any to drop and beg. Is this true or can she have them? Is she missing some kind of vitamin that makes her want them? Is is normal? Do your dogs do this? She likes raw carrots too.

    This is my saint bernard that is 11 months now.

  2. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

    May 19, 2008
    Western MA
    My saints LOVE raw veggies too..
    They'll eat a whole bag of carrots if i let them.
    They also love Kale and celery and summer squash and zuchs.. fresh green beans.
    My female counter surfs..if there is a veggie on the counter.. she assumes its hers. [​IMG]
  3. 2cool4you

    2cool4you In the Brooder

    Jul 5, 2010
    Carrots are ok but raw potatoes are not. There are toxins in the peelings.
  4. Crazyland

    Crazyland Songster

    Aug 14, 2009
    Sandhills NC
    My dogs love veggies too. I tried to grow veggies when they were pups... they helped themselves and ate nearly everything. [​IMG]
    I just gave them some sweet potatoes to play with the other day.
  5. Epona142

    Epona142 Songster

    Apr 19, 2008
    Bedias, TX
    Potatoes are part of the nightshade family. Not safe raw for animals.
  6. TLWR

    TLWR Songster

    Jul 10, 2010
    southern AL
    It's the green raw bit of potatoes that are bad for dogs. Potatoes are fine if peeled and cooked for dogs.

    Potatoes contain solanine which can be primarily found in green sprouts and green potato skins. Peeled potatoes have been found to contain 30-80% less solanine than unpeeled potatoes, and green potatoes should always be peeled if they are to be used at all. If fed in large quantities, solanine poisoning can cause death. There is research that suggests that doses of 1 to 2 mg per pound of body weight can cause toxic symptoms, and doses of 2 to 3 mg per pound of body weight can be fatal. Commercial varieties of potatoes are screened for solanine levels, and most have a solanine content of less than 0.2mg/g.
  7. kla37

    kla37 Songster

    Apr 18, 2010
    Hillsborough, NC USA
    Hope your dog doesn't find out he can dig them up out of gardens! My dog discovered carrots come out of the garden, and I had to put a fence around it shortly thereafter.

  8. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    A few potato peelings, which is what the o.p. was talking about, isn't going to hurt anything.

    A whole lot of raw potatoes or peelings would be riskier, but how much it'd take to see problems would depend on the particular potato variety and how it was stored. You'd get digestive upset/pain at lower doses than you'd get actual fatality or permanent kidney/liver damage.


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