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potato skins?
  • i have read in posts that potato skins are very bad for dogs period.  i have also read in other posts that potato skins are healthy as long as there are no green spots or eyes.  anyone know the truth about potato skins?
  • I'd steer clear just in case. I do think the eyes (and green potatoes) contain a toxin - I'm sure someone has a helpful link, as I've seen it here before.  It's one of those things that isn't instant death but you wouldn't want to feed it regularly so if your dog ate a potato skin you don't have to worry.  Mine occaisionally raided my compost pile and ate peelings among other things and the vet said it was fine.

    It's too bad they are a no-no since the skins are rich in vitamin C and some other micronutrients.  I enjoy them with butter and organic sour cream!
  • doesnt the entire potato contain vitamin C ?
  • My dogs eat whole potatoes, with the skins, regularly. As a matter of fact, this morning, I made them garlic (another "nono") potatoes, with scrambled eggs. They were *beyond* thrilled. They love it when I cook one meal, fresh for that day. I can't do it every day, but it makes them so happy, I try to on occasion.

    My best guess is that it's fine. I scrub the potatoes well and cut out any weird spots or eyes. Emma is super sensitive, so if she hasn't reacted yet, I'm guessing she isn't going to.
  • i thought garlic was supposed to be good for them
  • Some people say it's bad, b/c, in ridiculously high doses, it can cause a form of anemia. It's listed on quite a few sites as toxic to dogs. My dogs eat it every day, so... again, I dunno. They're quite healthy and never have more than 2-3 fleas on them, even though *I* carry home fleas every day. Something is working.
  • One of the largest canine kidney sites says to use sweet potatoes with the skins in the recipe for their homecooked food.  I don't know about regular potatoes, but my dogs eat them occasionally - I take the eyes off the taters, just as I do for myself.  Dancer has been eating it for quite some time, since she was diagnosed at age 14 and is now 17.  She's been eating garlic all her life, because she's allergic to Frontline!  Recently, when she had an attack of vestibular syndrome, the emergency vet said it was fine to add garlic to her food as an incentive to eat. 
  • I have always given the skins from our baked potatoes to the dogs.  Also, when I cook a potato or two with their meat, I leave the skins on--whte and sweet.  then I read potato skins are poison.     Same with garlic--read it is posion, read give it to dogs.  All this goes to show me that nothing can be agreed on by "experts".  One "expert" says never do this, the next "expert" says it is okay to do this once in a while, and the next says it is safe to do it al the time.  so how the H E  double hockey sticks does a person know which one to follow.   One person says expert A is the best and Expert B doesn't know what he is talking about and they never heard of Expert C..  Then another person comes along and says the first person is totally wrong.  Expert A is a total moron that doesn't know what she is talking aoubt and Expert B has some good ideas, but Expert C is by far the best.
    SOOO I have decided to just do my own thing and do what I have always done, feed like always as my dogs are always pronounced healthy and have no health problems that could be caused by what they eat or don't eat.  To heck with experts A,B, and C.
    Oh, I should say, you do have to use common sense.  You don't want your dog's diet to consit of popcorn and ice cream, LOL.
  • One book I read about Garlic said that for some reason dogs really love it and that is why it's added to dog food and treats, to entice them to eat it. I would think anything they eat in excess would be toxic to them, but I doubt it's in the amount that we feed them per serving in their treats and such.
    Most of the home cooked recipes I feed mine have garlic in them, and I will throw a small part of a garlic clove in the crock pot when I make their homecooked.