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Can Dogs Eat Sweet Potatoes?

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 which converts to Vitamin A when in a dog’s body.

Most dogs will tolerate sweet potatoes well but some may be allergic to them.

Mashed sweet potatoes are a great treat for dog's digestion because they are high in dietary fiber, are low in fat and contain vitamin B6, vitamin C, and manganese.

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.

Dr. Jean Dodds,  a respected veterinarian and one of the foremost experts in pet healthcare states, “Clearly, sweet potatoes are a superior source of nutrition for companion animals than white potatoes.

Can all dogs have sweet potatoes?

Some dogs can be allergic to sweet potatoes so it’s always best to check with your veterinarian before adding them 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. 

 

DIY sweet potato chews are safe for dogs, and they can provide them with a wide range of health benefits

How to make sweet potatoes to give to dogs.

It’s super easy to make sweet potatoes for your dog and you can prepare them in a few different ways:

Baked or dehydrated 

You can make sweet potato chews by slicing and baking them in the oven or drying them out in an oven or dehydrator.

Dehydrating sweet potatoes takes a little bit of time but it’s very easy and a great, nutritious snack to give your dog during the day. 

Steamed or boiled 

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.

Can dogs have raw sweet potatoes?

Raw potatoes are harder for dogs to digest and may cause an intestinal blockage in smaller dogs so it’s recommended to sticks to giving a dog sweet potatoes that have been cooked.

Raw sweet potatoes that are dehydrated in some dog foods do not pose an issue to most dogs.

Tell us if your dog likes sweet potatoes in the comments below!

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