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Sweet potatoes are loved by humans and pets alike. They’re yummy and packed with nutrients! These vegetables feature a high amount of fiber, which is great for promoting gut health in your pooch.
Packed with vitamins like B6, A, and C, these vegetables are nutritious and low-fat while remaining delicious. These vegetables can be used to calm diarrhea and promote healthy digestion. Best of all, these are veggies you likely already have in your pantry – and can prepare in a multitude of ways for a dog!
It’s always responsible for a pet owner to make sure that a new treat is safe for your pet before you serve it to them. Dogs’ bodies are quite different from ours; what is safe for us might not be for them!
Thankfully, sweet potatoes are safe to feed your pup. Sweet potatoes are a whole food. They are much less likely to produce an immune reaction or GI symptoms in your dog. Plus, these potatoes have nutrients that can help your dog stay healthy!
However, if your dog is diabetic or overweight, exercise caution when feeding sweet potatoes. These potatoes have a high glycemic index (high sugar) which makes them super sweet, but also, not ideal for a pooch who needs low sugar consumption.
You should feed sweet potatoes in moderation, as a treat or a thin topping on a bowl of food. However, sweet potatoes are a much healthier alternative to some of the pre-made dog treats out there!
Ready to get in the kitchen? There are many ways to prepare sweet potatoes – you can mash them up or bake them into a hard treat. However, there are some important guidelines to follow when preparing a sweet potato for a dog.
When preparing a sweet potato to feed your dog, do the following:
Generally, sweet potatoes should be looked at as a treat. Sweet potatoes are a carbohydrate that dogs need, but they should not be a central part of their diet. Dogs need healthy, animal-based protein most; sweet potato should never be a substitute for a protein-rich meal.
These potatoes offer a delicious taste and tons of vitamins! One is vitamin A. Vitamin A is great for a dog in small quantities. However, too much vitamin A can cause bone fragility and muscle weakness. This is why moderation is so important!
Any time you introduce a new food, talk to your vet first. The vet will likely give you tips on how much should be fed, or if there are any reasons you shouldn’t feed sweet potatoes to your dogs, such as diabetes or obesity. Dog nutrition varies based on the individual dog and its needs.
In general, less is more when it comes to treats like sweet potatoes.
Sweet potatoes are versatile – there are a bunch of ways they can be prepared! When preparing these for a dog, think about how you intend to use them. For example, if you intend to use sweet potatoes as a reward during training time, you likely want to bake them into a crunchy treat.
Below you’ll find some quick and easy recipes for preparing sweet potatoes for your pooch!
These treats are small and easy to offer as a reward during training or walks. They also take only one ingredient: sweet potatoes! You can easily make these treats with the kitchenware you already have around your home.
Ingredients for sweet potato dog treats:
How to make sweet potato dog treats:
Violà! Once you remove your baking sheet and let the sweet potato snacks cool, you have a batch of delicious dog treats for a fraction of what you would have paid at the store.
Your dog will go wild for some mashed sweet potatoes! This recipe can be used on top of kibble in a thin layer to entice a picky eater to eat its kibble. Or give it to your dog as an occasional standalone treat! Either way, dogs will love the sweet and creamy deliciousness this recipe offers.
Ingredients for sweet potato mash:
Serve the mashed sweet potatoes to your pup and watch their happy tail wag!
Sweet potatoes are versatile, safe for dogs, and contain lots of healthy nutrients, too. Always consult with your vet before feeding new foods, especially if your dog has preexisting health issues or dietary restrictions. There are plenty of ways to safely prepare sweet potatoes. These delicious treats are sure to be appreciated by your pup (and you’ll appreciate how easy they are to make)!
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