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#1 Old 07-07-2008, 08:14 AM
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Cocoa absolutely loves potato skins. I have read before that potato skins are toxic to humans. Is it okay to feed her some once in a while?
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#2 Old 07-07-2008, 09:51 AM
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It's only green potato skins that are toxic to humans. It seems that the green skins and sprouts are also poisonous to dogs, but other than that they should be fine.



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Potato poisonings among people and dogs have occurred. Solanum alkaloids can be found in green sprouts and green potato skins, which occurs when the tubers are exposed to sunlight during growth or after harvest. The relatively rare occurrence of actual poisoning is due to several factors: solanine is poorly absorbed; it is mostly hydrolyzed into less toxic solanidinel; and the metabolites are quickly eliminated. Note that cooked, mashed potatoes are fine for dogs, actually quite nutritious and digestible.

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#3 Old 07-07-2008, 09:53 AM
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I am sure they are fine... just avoid the green ones as pointed out above!
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#4 Old 07-07-2008, 12:20 PM
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Cocoa absolutely loves potato skins. I have read before that potato skins are toxic to humans. Is it okay to feed her some once in a while?



I never peel potatoes, and I've never suffered any adverse effects.

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The answers certainly help. The other question would be whether they're actually good for humans and dogs? Even if they're not toxic but are still not healthy, I'd prefer not to contribute to any negative effects that may occur.
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Well...they are healthier than the inside of the potato. I don't think they are really good or bad for your dog though.
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The answers certainly help. The other question would be whether they're actually good for humans and dogs? Even if they're not toxic but are still not healthy, I'd prefer not to contribute to any negative effects that may occur.



The majority of the nutrition and fiber in the potato is located in the skin. Peeled potatoes are much less healthy than eating the potato skin on.

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#8 Old 07-10-2008, 11:02 AM
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Peeled potatoes are much less healthy than eating the potato skin on.



Unless the skins are full of pesticides and icky things...
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