Can Dogs Eat Potato Skins? What To Do If It Happens

Can dogs eat potato skins? That’s a question we recently received and one that caused a bit of concern for the dog owner. It seems her Maltipoo had managed to prop herself up on the coffee table and grab a potato skin the owner had placed on a plate for dinner. The potato skin the dog ate had cheese, bacon, sour cream and a bit of seasoning.

Dogs unlike humans can’t eat anything they want. Though you can feed them a bit of human food once in a while as a treat you should make it a daily or even weekly ritual. It simply is not healthy for your dog among other things.

So, Can Dogs Eat Potato Skins?

Before you answer what ingredients are in a potato? A potato with the skin on has no fat, sodium or cholesterol. It has vitamin C and potassium. More potassium than a banana. A potato is also a source of vitamin B6, fiber, magnesium, and antioxidants, and of course, starch.

Eating a potato skin should not cause you dog any significant health issues and isn’t anything you should worry about. The potato itself has solanine which can cause stomach upset but the dog would have to eat a lot of potatoes in order for it to cause any issues.

However, since the potato was covered in cheese, bacon, and sour cream then it was probably too rich for the dog. Rich foods, such as a potato skin covered in cheese, and bacon might cause vomiting and diarrhea. Usually, though it is digested easily without any health issues.

As a matter of fact, there are times when certain formulated dog food diets contain potatoes which are used in dietary dog food allergy trials.

In Conclusion

In summary, there is no need to worry if your dog eats a potato even with the skin. Just don’t make it a habit to feed your dog human food as it typically does not contain the nutrients your dog needs for a happy, healthy life.


The Potato page on Wikipedia

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