Dogs Can Eat Sweet Potato in Moderation
Yes, dogs can enjoy a small amount of sweet potato as long as it’s in moderation. They make great healthy snacks for dogs because they are packed with nutrients like vitamin A, potassium, and manganese. Most dogs would be fine with being fed a bit of sweet potato every once in a while as long as it doesn’t account for 10% or more of a dog’s daily calorie intake.
What can make sweet potato bad for dogs?
There are a few safety concerns that dog owners should take note of before letting their dogs eat sweet potato. First, avoid feeding your dog raw sweet potatoes. They may not have the same risk as regular potatoes do when it comes to solanine content but they can still pose a health threat in other ways as raw sweet potatoes can be hard for dogs to chew and digest. Don’t be surprised if your dog gets a mild stomach upset after eating some raw sweet potato!
We would recommend feeding your dog cooked sweet potato instead. The healthiest way would be by roasting or baking the sweet potatoes without any additives. Make sure the sweet potato flesh has cooled down before it is fed to the dogs.
Avoid feeding your dog anything that’s processed such as fried sweet potato and sweet potato chips. They may contain ingredients that are unhealthy for dogs, such as oil and salt, when consumed in large amounts.
Does sweet potato help dogs poop?
Some pet owners like to feed their dogs a bit of sweet potato when their dog suffers from constipation or diarrhea issues. In addition to being relatively bland, sweet potatoes contain dietary fibre, which can bulk up the dog stool and help it move through the dog’s digestive system.
Want to know what else aside from sweet potatoes dogs are able to eat in moderation? Visit our human foods for dog database to find out.
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