With people becoming more health conscious themselves, they are now looking for healthier alternatives for their dogs. Although there are a number of people foods that are good for our canine companions, there are also those that can be toxic; raw and green potatoes are one of such foods.

In this post, we are going to cover the facts and reasons of why you shouldn’t feed raw or green potatoes to your dog. Plus, we’ll take a look at what could happen if your dog consumes this dangerous veggie.

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Why Raw Green Potatoes Are Bad For Dogs

A glycoalkaloid called solanine is a naturally occurring defense mechanism produced by the potato plant to deter insect attacks. It is found in the leaves, skins, shoots and green parts of the potato itself (this usually happens as the potato ages and/or has prolonged exposure to light).

Solanine toxicity in dogs can cause heart problems, gastrointestinal upset and difficulty breathing. In addition, the potato skins and potato also contains another chemical called chaconine. Eaten in large quantities this can lead to tremors, irritation of the stomach and kidney function issues.

The trouble with both the solanine and chaconine compounds is that they can build up in all the major organs of your dog; liver, kidney, brain, heart and lungs. This can lead to some major health issues.

Symptoms of Potato Poisoning in Dogs

The symptoms of solanine and chaconine poisoning will vary greatly with the size of your dog and the amount of the potato or potato parts the dog has ingested. Typically the most common symptoms of raw or green potato toxicity are;

 

  • Abnormal heart rate
  • Bleeding
  • Fever
  • Burning of the throat
  • Excessive drooling
  • Dizziness
  • Stomach upset
  • Low body temperature
  • Slow pulse
  • Swelling of tongue and lips
  • Weakness
  • Vision problems
  • Seizures
  • Shock
  • Death

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How Will Potato Poisoning Be Treated?

If you suspect your dog may have potato poisoning you will need to tell your veterinarian how much of the potato or skins your dog has consumed, its medical history and any abnormal signs it may be showing.

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Your vet will most likely induce vomiting to rid your dog’s stomach contents, then administer an activated charcoal to help absorb the toxins. Your canine companion will also be given a number of blood tests to check for organ damage and/or failure and may also need to be put on an IV and oxygen therapy. For severe toxicity, your dog may also need a gastric lavage where a tube is inserted into your dog’s mouth to flush out the stomach.

Don’t Feed Your Dog Raw or Green Potatoes

Feeding your dog raw or green potatoes can have an adverse effect on your dog’s health. If you want to feed your canine companion people food, be sure they have been approved by your veterinarian or an expert in dog health. If your dog happens to get into some potatoes (or any other part of the plant) watch for symptoms and get to your veterinarian ASAP if he begins to get ill.

 

About Bio:

I’m Cindy Grant, founder of NolongerWild.com and also a crazy fan of dogs, cats and all kinds of in-house little cute pets. Feel free to read all amazing things about Pet’s Breed, Training, Behavior, Food and Health on my blog. With such big passions in pets, I strongly hope NolongerWild will be a friendly community where I can connect with those who share the same hobby.

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