Yes, dogs can eat sweet potatoes! In addition to antioxidants and phytochemicals, these root vegetables are loaded with nutrients such as carotenoids, vitamin C and vitamin A. They’re high in pyridoxine, potassium, fiber, and magnesium. They’re also a good source of copper, iron, and manganese – all important minerals for dogs that perform countless functions in cells, from transporting oxygen to helping build proteins. All of this plus, they are low in fat.
What’s in a name?
While sweet potatoes are referred to as “potatoes,” they are not related to white potatoes. They come in many colors besides the more familiar orange. The Japanese sweet potato has purple skin and yellow pulp, and its taste is actually sweeter – something dogs love – than the more popular oranges. It is also particularly rich in phytonutrients. Although yams are often referred to as yams in the US, the real yam is a very different root vegetable with a rough and flaky texture. In supermarkets, the names “sweet potato” and “yam” are often used synonymously.
How to add sweet potatoes to your dog
One of the most popular ways to give your dog sweet potatoes is by chewing them when they are dehydrated. They’re a great alternative to rawhide chewing, and unlike rawhide, sweet potato chewing doesn’t have a reputation for causing indigestion and choking. So they are much safer and definitely more nutritious.
Don’t give dogs raw sweet potatoes; They should always be cooked. Steam and porridge, then add something to your dog’s regular meal. In fact, more nutrients are retained when steaming or cooking than when roasting or baking. Since they are high in fiber, introduce them slowly.
Many homemade dog food recipes call for sweet potatoes, including our complete and balanced recipe for chicken and vegetables or this one for homemade snacks.
Quick tip: Boiled sweet potatoes are also great for Kong. Freeze it so your dog will take longer to clear it up!
Dehydrated sweet potato chews
Here’s a recipe that every dog likes best.
- Sweet potatoes
1. Wash sweet potatoes thoroughly; Peeling is optional.
2. Cut the sweet potato into 1/4 “slices by cutting the middle lengthways. If you have a mandolin or a food processor with a cutting blade, this is easy.
3. Soak the slices in water for 2 hours, drain and dry.
4. Lightly spray the slices with olive oil. This increases the absorption of beneficial beta-carotene.
5. Dehydrate at the highest setting (145 ° to 155 °) until the process is complete. If they dry for about 6 to 8 hours (or more) they will develop a chewy texture. For crunchier treats, dehydrate longer until the slices have reached the desired consistency.
You can also chew without a dehydrator. Place the oven rack in the middle of the oven and preheat it to 200 °. Prepare the sweet potatoes in the same way. To circulate air under the panes, place a single layer on a rack on a sheet pan lined with parchment paper. Turn the sheet every half hour. Depending on the thickness of the disc, this can take 2 or 3 hours or more.
Be sure to check often. Store in an airtight container.
Sweet potato chips
Preheat the oven to 250 °.
- Sweet potatoes
1. Cut whole sweet potatoes into rounds: A 1/4 “slice creates a crispier chip, a 1/2” slice creates a tougher chip.
2. Place on a sheet of paper lined with foil.
3. Bake for 2 hours and turn once.
4. Let cool on the leaf.
Store the chips in an airtight container.