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The Benefits of Sweet Potatoes for Dogs

The Benefits of Sweet Potatoes for Dogs

Adding fiber to your dog's diet on a regular basis reduces the risk of heart disease and certain types of cancer. Sweet potatoes are a complex carb that provide an excellent source of dietary fiber.

As a whole food, sweet potatoes are less likely to cause an immune response or damage to the digestive tract, according to Kathleen Standafer Lopez, a registered dietitian nutritionist.

It is also low in fat and high in vitamins A, B6, C, calcium, potassium, and iron, which are all essential for overall health. Vitamin A is crucial for maintaining healthy eyes, muscles, nerves, and skin, for instance. Vitamin C, on the other hand, plays a crucial role in the immune system. Researchers have found that dogs have a greater chance of recovering from injuries or illnesses when they are supplemented with vitamin C, just like humans.

Dr. Barrack suggests diabetic dogs, overweight dogs, and dogs that are less active consume a minimal amount of sweet potatoes. "They should be incorporated with caution into the diets of diabetic dogs, due to their high glycemic index," he says.

What should I do to prepare them for my dog?

Whenever you feed your dog a sweet potato, make sure it’s not raw. It is never advisable to feed your dog a raw sweet potato because they are hard to chew and may cause an intestinal blockage in your dog. Since some dogs “inhale” their food, making sure the potato is soft reduces the risk of choking.

What is the maximum amount of food a dog can eat?

The amount should be based on your dog's size, activity level, and overall health. “Too much vitamin A can cause bone and muscle weakness,” Dr. Barrack explains. So a small amount each day for digestion/fiber is all that is needed.

If you are considering adding any new foods to your dog's diet, speak to your veterinarian first. Carbohydrates, such as sweet potatoes, should not be the main source of nutrition for dogs; animal protein should also be included. Start with a small amount such as the size of your dog's paw and go from there if your veterinarian gives you the okay. A great way to extend the life of your sweet potato treats is to take a pair of scissors and cut a chip just larger than the size of the hole in this tux toy. Wedge the sweet potato chip into the toy and give it to your dog for mental and chewing stimulation. Happiness is found when a dog has to work for their reward!

Consult your veterinarian before making any dietary changes.

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