The Benefits of Sweet Potato for Dogs

Redbarn's Benefits of Sweet Potato for DogsThere are sweet potato fries in restaurants everywhere. Sweet potatoes ranging from purple to gold pop up in grocery stores and supermarkets. People are told to eat sweet potatoes instead of white potatoes. But what about sweet potato for dogs? Is sweet potato good for dogs?

What is a Sweet Potato?

Sweet potatoes are a complex carbohydrate and a natural energy source rich in vitamins and minerals.

Sweet potatoes, which originated in the Americas, are different from yams. In the U.S., however, the terms sweet potato and yam are often used interchangeably. Yams are typically only found in specialty markets, so what you’re likely to see at your regular grocery store is a sweet potato.

When Christopher Columbus arrived in the Americas in the 15th century, sweet potatoes were a staple crop. Columbus took some with him back to Spain and by the 16th century, gardens all over Europe were growing them.

While sweet potatoes have become very popular in recent years, you’re probably more accustomed to eating white potatoes. Sweet potatoes have more fiber and Vitamins C and A than white potato.

Can Dogs Eat Sweet Potatoes? The Benefits of Sweet Potato for Dogs

Sweet potato is safe for dogs, and can provide them a range of health benefits (and a sweet flavor they’ll love). Sweet potatoes are great for digestive health because they’re high in dietary fiber. They’re also low in fat and contain vitamin B6, vitamin C, and manganese.

Sweet potatoes are rich in the powerful antioxidant beta-carotene. Beta-carotene converts to Vitamin A in your dog’s body, which is essential for your dog’s vision, growth, and muscle strength. Symptoms of Vitamin A deficiency include night blindness and poor hair and skin quality.

How Do I Give My Dog Sweet Potato?

If you want to add sweet potatoes to your dog’s diet, trying steaming or boiling them. These methods help retain more nutritional value than roasting. Start by giving your dog a small amount. Depending on the size of your dog, start with between a teaspoon and a tablespoon. A sudden increase in fiber could create gastrointestinal issues, so start slow.

 

Which Redbarn Pet Products have Sweet Potato?

For an easy way to include sweet potato as part of a complete meal, try the Redbarn Grain-Free Turkey Stew.

 


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There are 28 comments

  1. Rita Anderson

    My dogs love sweet potatoes. I cook them in microwave for about 8 minutes, chop up and serve them on top of their dry dog food.
    They say people should also eat the skins but microwaving makes the skins tough.

    1. Nadine Belk

      I got some huge sweet potatoes, cut them in half, placed them in water and microwaved for 10 min, then let them set for an hour. My dog and I are in sweet potato heaven and the birds outside get the tough skins! So everybody wins!!

  2. Angela K Allen

    Can I dehydrate sweet potatoes in the dehydrater for my dogs without losing nutrients? If so, what ending result if the potatoes is your reccomendation or time drying? (Chewy, crunchy, etc)
    Thanks
    Pyrenees pyrant

  3. Ken

    Our two Miniature Schnauzers like many raw vegetables, including sweet potato, broccoli stems, red andvgreen peppers, and asparagus stem bottoms.

    1. DEBBIE

      I heard feeding a dog raw potato isn’t good, and I’ve never heard of a dog eating green pepper wow!

      I feed my chihuahuas a teaspoon each night if pureed pumpkin out of the can. Keeps them regular

  4. Tina Jones

    We are just introducing sweet potatoes to our dogs diet
    (Hopefully he will eat them
    As he is a selective eater and getting him to eat food is hard work
    We encourage him to eat some of his biscuits and if he eats 75g of them we are pleased
    He then has steamed chicken breast fillet or rainbow trout with carrots an was having white potatoes but now trying sweet potatoes due to the health benefits
    After we have introduced him to sweet potatoes how much can he have daily as I don’t want to over face him with vitamins
    As good vitamins but too much can be also bad for his health
    He is a bearded collie cross German shepherd age 1yr

  5. Loretta

    Can you give sweet potatoes to a dog with pancreatitis over their dry food? If so how often can you give it to them and how much? My dog is small, she’s about 15lbs.

    1. Darion Barlow

      Hi Loretta,

      Thanks for reaching out! It would be best to consult your veterinarian to check how often and how much would be appropriate to give your dog because every dog is different.

    2. Patty

      I have the same question for the same reason. I give my 16lb. Poodle 2 tablespoons of baked sweet potato without the Skins everyday with her kibble and water. However recently I read too much vitamin A can be bad for their bones. What is the maximum amount she should be given? she really likes them.

  6. Loretta V Bifulco

    I just started my dog on sweet potatoes yesterday. I only gave her a 1/2 teaspoon to slowly acclimate her too. How many times per week can i guve her sweet potatoes? Being that it’s high in vitamins I don’t want to overdose her. Any info would be greatly appreciated.

    1. Darion Barlow

      Hi Loretta,

      Glad to hear you are giving sweet potatoes a try for your dog! Because every dog is different it is important to consult a veterinarian.

    1. Darion Barlow

      Hi Rajashekhar,

      Great question! While we do know there are benefits to feeding sweet potatoes for dogs, it would be best to consult your veterinarian to check if they are the right fit for pregnant dogs.

  7. Bill

    I cut up sweet potato into fries and then freeze them. Everyday around 3pm my Yorkshire Terrier goes to the fridge and sits there until I grab a handful frozen and he chews on them loving every bite!

  8. Kris H

    Tina- great job! I have a very picky eater and this seems to be our “go-to” for his meals. He has a heart murmur and is 12 years old but according to our vet, the diet we have him on is great for any level of health. He runs like an energetic puppy again, coat is wonderful with almost zero itchy fits, and he poops like a champ twice a day.

    VERY similar to what your are doing. Our mix is 2/3 of organic free ranged chicken, boiled in some nutritional yeast for flavor and added health benefits. The other 1/3 is a mushed mix of sweet potato and broccoli. We boil the sweet potatoes and broccoli with parsley (health benefits and flavor) and mix it all together. Looks like a yummy chicken salad when finished and our little guy has enjoyed it very much. Cheers!

    1. Darion Barlow

      Hi Karen,

      Thanks for reaching out! We have discontinued sweet potato skins for dogs, but you can find sweet potatoes in our rolled dog food which can be used as a training treat, and in our turkey canned stew.

  9. K Epp

    I dehydrate sweet tater slices for our dog. Sliced with mandolin type slicer less than 1/4” but thicker than 1/8”. Run them for 10 hours to get that dry crunch she’s looking for. 2 big potatoes fill up 4 trays. Don’t turn off too soon. After done store in plastic zip lock. Last a long time. They’re still good when bag is finished. No temp on my dehydrator. Just plug in and let it run.

  10. Trisha Gill

    I bought a dehydrator and wrap them n thinly sliced raw chicken then dehydrate and my dog absolutely loves them can’t get enough. Saves buying the treats which are expensive. I dehydrate apples bananas pears and
    oranges too. She is naturally fussy as she is a Cavapoo so this is a great way to get fruit and veg into her diet. I would recommend the dehydrator to all dog owners.

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