Can dogs eat raw potatoes?

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My American Eskimo loves raw potatoes, is this okay?


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September 1, 2020 12:42 pm

Raw potatoes (green or otherwise) aren’t good for dogs and are toxic/deadly to some, whether they show symptoms or not. It’s better to be safe than sorry. If they just ate a potato, you can safely induce vomiting with hydrogen peroxide. I believe it’s 1 teaspoon per five pounds up to 2x a day no more than x amount of tablespoons per dose. (Don’t quote the amount from me, but look it up.) One of our dogs just took off with a whole potato and wouldn’t give it up no matter how I tried to get it away from her. She’d just grab and run, chomp, and repeat soon as I got close. Thankfully not a green potato, but also thankful it was still a firm one not wrinkly where it’s gaining more toxicity again. It works pretty quick. Believe me…what came back out was roughly the size of the potato, plus the grass she took with it each time she nabbed and ran. Once it was up, no more vomiting and she drank a good amount of water.

Apiffany Gaither Billings
September 1, 2020 2:22 pm
Reply to  KARLIE

We also recommend speaking with your vet if you suspect your dog has eaten something that he/she should not have eaten.

Aaron Anello
June 7, 2020 9:18 am

Just because a dog has eaten something with no ill effects doesn’t mean it’s not poisonous! My mom feeds her dogs chocolate with no ill effects. However, I had a dog that licked my bowl of chocolate icecream clean and got violently ill! I have eaten things that made other people sick. I have drunk contaminated water with no more ill effects than a little diarrhea. Does that mean it was safe? No! It means that my immune system was strong enough to handle it! Don’t risk your fur baby’s life. If it isn’t supposed to be good for them, don’t let them eat it!

Jason Cross
February 27, 2020 1:40 am

My dogs goes crazy every time I peel potatoes she’s been eating them for the past year probably one a week

June 5, 2020 7:52 pm
Reply to  Jason Cross

My Shitzu is 13 and has eaten raw potatoes all his life-he loves them So I don’t believe they are toxic to him-I cut them in small bite size for him and he gets about 6 bites, he goes nuts for them, I’m thinking he has lived a long healthy life due to raw potatoes once a week

Apiffany Gaither Billings
June 6, 2020 9:59 am
Reply to  Sandy

I’m glad that your pup has lived a long healthy life. Raw potatoes contain solanine which is a compound that can be toxic to some dogs. Cooking a potato reduces the levels of solanine.

Barbara Pearson
January 12, 2020 3:01 pm

My ten year old mongrel has been eating raw potatoe skins and comes running when I’m peeling them! She doesn’t seem to have had any problems so far. Having just read they are toxic, I’ll never give them to her again.

Brenda Luna
November 23, 2019 8:41 pm

I have a mini schnauzer that ate a piece of raw potato I dropped on the floor about the size of a potato wedge. She just turned one and she’s about 12 -16 lbs. should I be worried or what should I expect

Heather Babcock
October 15, 2019 9:56 pm

Hello everyone I just adopted a puppy from our local wonderful Animal League Of Boston in Brewster, Massachusetts.She’s said to be 5 months old.We’ve had her for 4 days. She’s beginning to know her new name. She’s doing stuff that puppies do. But I’m there watching her every minute. We’ve been crate training and right this minute Cocoa is in her crate with the door actually opened up. I think that’s a good sign. She only ate twice today, Does anyone know if that can happen in puppies? She came from Florida and she may be a CALAHOULA LEOPARD DOG. I’ve been writing all her info in a book of her own.We sadly had to put our Yellow Lab MAX ❤️ to sleep,he started to get sick and we didn’t want him to suffer. He was almost 13 wonderful years old. GODBLESS YOU MAX ❤️ YOU WILL FOREVER BE MISSED!

Laura Nimtz
April 6, 2019 3:08 pm

My Pomeranian ate a raw potato and after 5 weeks of painful sickness was discovered he has a blockage. It was a small potato

November 11, 2018 7:16 am

My 2 months old Australian shepherd ate a peice of a raw potato that was on the floor and threw it up during the night. I highly suggest u never intentionally give your dog a raw potato

That guy
July 13, 2018 3:10 pm

I have a Dogo Argentino that has eaten two potatoes and it’s only 7 months for Old Mines you she didn’t eat both potatoes at the same time but you get my point she is perfectly healthy perfectly fine

Marlene Servant
April 16, 2018 10:06 pm

My husky has eaten raw potatoes since she was a puppy, and she is now 14 1/2 years old. I would never give her the green part of any potato and I would not eat the green either. She loves potatoes and comes running when she knows we are preparing potatoes for dinner. I don’t believe they are toxic to dogs, but we only ever gave her small pieces.

Darla Walden
March 3, 2018 1:57 am

I have a 50 lb 9 month old boxer who ate maybe 25% of a raw potato, is it harmful

Kimberly Alt
March 5, 2018 9:43 am
Reply to  Darla Walden

Hi Darla, I suggest calling your vet. The size of potato will play a factor in how it affects your dog.

March 25, 2017 7:14 pm

Raw potatoes are perfectly fine for dogs.
Skin and all, it is easily digestable.

Eat up little pup!

Multiple Vetrinarians

January 29, 2018 7:45 pm
Reply to  Jon

Thank you for the tip we would of never knew it was safe

Canine Journal
March 27, 2017 11:37 am
Reply to  Jon

Jon, thanks for sharing the tip however we’ve read from multiple reputable sources that raw potatoes are not okay for dogs to eat as they are not easy on their stomach.

Calling Admins Bluff
April 7, 2017 12:26 am
Reply to  Canine Journal

I need to see these reputable sources

July 31, 2019 7:51 pm

Potatoes contain solanine and are related to the nightshade family. A dog may be ok after eating raw potatoes but could also get very sick. It is not safe or healthy to feed raw potatoes to dogs.

Kimberly Alt
April 7, 2017 1:57 pm

All of these sites say raw potatoes are bad for dogs as well as vets we have talked to:
Pet WebMD slide 24

Canine Journal
November 8, 2016 1:27 pm

Doug, cooked potatoes are fine but raw potatoes contain solanine which can be toxic for dogs including the fact that it’s hard for them to digest.

April 7, 2018 3:43 pm
Reply to  Canine Journal

Potatoes that have been exposed to sunlight turn green under the skin, that’s where is the solanin. These shouldn’t be eaten raw or cooked, as solanin persists after cooking.
So raw potatoes that don’t have this green tinge do not contain solanin.

However, this doesn’t solve the question of dogs eating raw potatoes, which is the reason why 0I came to this website. My dog stole a raw potato and ate half of it. This was a surprise for me, because sometimes a few potatoes have been within his reach before, but I’m not aware that he ever took one. Maybe he did and I didn’t notice, in which case it would mean that he has been fine eating them, but there’s no way to know if he ate some before. He looks fine for the moment. I’ll update if I notice anything.
He’s a large English Sheepdog, weighs 100 lbs and is 12 years old.

Jeff and Angel
June 13, 2020 2:00 am
Reply to  Annie

Like people dogs may have allergies and some things MAY cause issues…Green potatos yes good comment bad for humans as well. Dogs generally will avoid things that negatavly affect them… Generally. Like some Humans and boose my dog loves beer and will only drink Whiskey cause she loves the buzz seriously just beer

April 25, 2019 4:38 pm
Reply to  Annie

Got to agree with you, I wouldn’t let my dog eat anything fruit and veg wise that I wouldn’t eat myself, she also loves carrots and lettuce. Magaggie is a nearly two year old Alsatian