My Dog Ate A Baked Potato Skin. What Should I Do?

Baked Potatoes are a staple food in numerous homes across the globe as they are delicious, affordable, and easy to prepare.

When preparing this potato meal, you may be tempted to share the peels with your canine friend, but then you wonder if this is a good idea.

You can moderately feed your pup small amounts of baked potato skins.

However, you shouldn’t make them part of your dog’s regular diet as they contain oxalates and solanine, which are toxic to dogs.

If your dog eats baked potato skin, closely monitor them; in case you notice any intestinal discomfort, consult a vet immediately.

This article is for you if you’ve been wondering what to do if your dog eats baked potato skin.

It separates facts from fiction regarding the steps to take if your dog ingests baked potato skin.

My Dog Ate A Baked Potato Skin

What Are the Benefits of Potato Skins in Dogs?

The potato skin contains the following essential nutrients: 

Carbohydrates: Helps to boost energy in dogs quickly.

Vitamin C: Helps remove free radicals in dogs, preventing inflammation and cognitive aging.

Iron: Distributes oxygen within the red blood cells leading to increased energy production.

Calcium: Promotes healthy bones and enhances muscle function.

Potassium: Improves digestion and absorption of food. 

Fiber: Absorbs excess water, which aids in bowel movement, preventing constipation.

Is Baked Potato Skin Harmful to Dogs?

Potato skins contain the following substances which can be harmful to your dog:

Solanine

Potato skin has high levels of solanine, a toxic chemical that prevents the elimination of acetylcholine from neuromuscular junctions in pups.

Excessive amounts of acetylcholine within the body can lead to neurological disorders such as seizures.

Solanine is more abundant in green-skinned potatoes, grown in warm temperatures, and excessively exposed to sunlight.

Avoid feeding your pup peels from these potatoes; their high levels of solanine make them deadly.

If your pup experiences solanine poisoning, you’re likely to observe the following symptoms:

  • Increased salivation 
  • Loss of appetite
  • Stomach upset
  • Diarrhea 
  • General body weakness

The above symptoms should resolve within 24 hours; if they don’t, contact a vet immediately. 

Oxalates

According to research, potato skin has a high concentration of oxalates predisposing dogs to calcium oxalate urolithiasis.

This disorder causes crystal formation in the bladder, blocking the passage of urine out of the body which can lead to kidney failure or metabolic imbalance.

Your dog’s immune system may naturally eliminate oxalates ingested, but it’s important to limit the intake since excessive intake can lead to the following:

  • Decreased appetite
  • Vomiting
  • Hypersalivation
  • Diarrhea
  • Weakness
  • Lethargy
  • Tremors

Can a Dog Have Baked Potato Skin Allergy?

Your pup can be allergic to baked potato skin; in this case, you’ll observe the following signs and symptoms:

  • Loose stools 
  • Heart arrhythmia
  • Depression
  • Vomiting
  • Fatigue
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Tremors
  • Seizures 

The intensity of these symptoms varies depending on the dog’s size, and the amount of potato skin they’ve taken.

For example, small dogs such as Yorkshire Terriers may suffer more by just taking two pieces of baked potato skin, while a large one like Bullmastiff may not be affected.

Immediately you notice any of the above symptoms on your pup, try to eliminate the toxic substances by inducing vomiting, increasing water intake or feeding your pup charcoal. 

If these methods don’t work, contact a vet immediately for guidance.

When contacting the vet, have details regarding your pup’s approximate weight, size, and the amount of potato skin you suspect they’ve ingested.

This information will help the veterinarian give an accurate diagnosis and treatment.

Can Pregnant Dogs Eat Baked Potato Skins?

Baked potato skins are not recommended for pregnant dogs as they have a high oxalate content which can easily cause kidney disease.

Additionally, it contains high levels of solanine which may cause muscle weakness in the unborn pup.

Can My Elderly Dog Eat Baked Potato Skins?

Avoid feeding your elderly dog baked potato skins; they have limited kidney function; the crystal deposits caused by oxalates can block the urinary passage within days, leading to death.

If you have an elderly dog, consider feeding them other healthy snack alternatives such as apples and bananas.

How many baked potato skins can a dog eat?

If serving your pup potato skin for the first time, give about two medium-sized pieces and monitor the reaction.

If you notice any choking or abdominal discomfort signs, stop serving them and consult a vet immediately. 

If you don’t see any signs of discomfort on your four-legged friend within 24 hours of ingestion, continue serving them the potato skins moderately.

Limit the intake to about 10% of their daily calorie intake per week.

For example, if they take 800 calories daily, limit their potato skin intake to 80 calories weekly. 

Potato skins contain an insoluble fiber called cellulose which is partly indigestible.

If your dog excessively and regularly takes cellulose they may experience digestion problems.

To control the amount of potato skins your pup consumes, combine the potato peels with potato pieces; three medium potato pieces weekly are enough.

If your pup suffers from diabetes, avoid feeding them potato skin.

It’s high in calories which can cause blood sugar spikes, leading to nerve damage.

How Do I Feed My Dog Baked Potato Skins?

Before baking your potatoes, soak them in water containing one teaspoon of vinegar and acetic acid for about five minutes; this reduces the amount of solanine on the skin by 50%.

You can feed your pup potato skin directly or prepare them by following the recipe below:

Ingredients

4 medium-sized potatoes

1 egg 

50g breadcrumbs 

Step 1: Bake the potatoes for 15 minutes 

Step 2: Allow the potatoes to cool 

Step 3: Mix in the egg

Step 4: Add bread crumb topping 

Step 5: Shape them into small balls and serve your pup 

Conclusion

Moderate amounts of baked and unseasoned potato skins are safe for your pup.

However, there are safer alternative snacks that you can consider feeding your canine friend such as apples.

Before feeding your pooch baked potato skin, consult a vet for guidance on the right portions and the side effects to expect.  

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