Since I’ve mentioned giving the dogs sweet potatoes a few times in the last couple of months I’ve gotten a few questions from readers about giving their dogs sweet potatoes so I decided to dedicate a whole post to this amazing orange (sometimes white or purple) vegetable.
What are sweet potatoes?
A sweet potato is a root vegetable that comes from the morning-glory family. The origin of the sweet potato is thought to come from Central or South America and it was domesticated more than 5,000 years ago.
Are sweet potatoes good for dogs?
For most dogs, yes sweet potatoes can be good for them. Sweet potatoes can be good for digestive health in dogs because they are high in dietary fiber, low in fat, and contain good vitamins like B6, C and magnesium. They are also rich in beta-cartone and which converts to Vitamin A when in dog’s body. Vitamin A is good for your dog’s vision, muscle strength, heart health and growth. Sweet potatoes contain iron, calcium and zinc and are low in sodium.
Can all dogs have sweet potatoes?
It’s always best to check with your veterinarian before adding any new food to your dog’s diet. Sweet potatoes contain sugar, not as much sugar as white potatoes but owners that have diabetic pets should definitely consult with their vet first. Vitamin A is good but too much Vitamin A can lead to muscle weakness and bone problems so moderation is key. Dogs that have allergies to certain carbohydrates may not be able to eat sweet potatoes.
How to give sweet potatoes.
You can add sweet potatoes to your dog’s diet in a few different ways. You can make sweet potato chews by slicing and baking them in the oven or dehydrating them. You can also boil or steam sweet potatoes, mash them up and add them right to your dog’s food. Some people will sprinkle a little cinnamon on the chew or in the mash and some will add coconut oil or turmeric. As with any new food, it’s always recommended to start off feeding sweet potatoes to your dog slowly and gradually increase. Since sweet potatoes contain fiber, too much too soon can cause diarrhea.
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